Te Tairāwhiti is the first place in the world to see the sun. The East Coast of New Zealand is already well known for its horticulture, forestry, tourism, and agriculture, and it has big plans for the future.

We've identified the Tairāwhiti region as a priority for early investment and support through the Provincial Growth Fund.  There are significant opportunities to improve and support the region - particularly for local industry and improving the resilience of infrastructure.     

Through the Provincial Growth Fund, the Government is investing heavily in the future of the Tairāwhiti region.  In September 2018 the Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Economic Development announced an investment package of $152.7 million for the region.This will help boost the region’s economy, create jobs and enhance tourism opportunities.

The Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan, Te Huarahi Hei Whai Oranga, lays out the region's plans for economic growth and is supported by Activate Tairāwhiti. Additionally, eleven local iwi worked together to prepare the Tairāwhiti Maori Economic Report, identifying ways to support and enhance Māori economy in the region.

Fast facts

  • Population: 48,500
  • Average household income: $82,800
  • GDP per capita: $39,649

More Gisborne/Tairāwhiti facts on the Regional Economic Activity Report

Funding announcements

Note: PGF funding is approved in principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated. Some funding may depend on completion of business cases. Payments are made once agreed milestones are met. These are set as part of contract negotiations, and differ from project to project.

See more details about announcements on the Beehive's Regional Economic Development page.

Region Programme Organisation Amount Date
Tairāwhiti Tairāwhiti Roading Package Ministry of Transport Up to $137,000,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Mt Titirangi - Puhi Kai Iti Connection Gisborne District Council $6,067,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Gisborne Airport Eastland Group Ltd $5,500,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Cooks Landing Restoration Gisborne District Council $1,630,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti New Zealand Macadamia Industry Development Project NZ Macadamia Ltd $995,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Tairāwhiti Rail Feasibility Study PDU to contract directly $450,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Far East Sawmill Spectrum $500,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Manaia Forestry Skills Training (Pilot) TrainME Quality Service $301,209 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Regional Action Plan Programme Manager Eastland Community Trust $90,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Water and Waste Management Cedenco $30,000 7 September 2018
Tairāwhiti Gisborne Inner Harbour Project Eastland Group Ltd $2,300,000 23 February 2018
Tairāwhiti Maukauri Aquifer Recharge Gisborne District Council $542,500 23 February 2018
Tairāwhiti Wood Engineering Centre of Excellence Eastland Community Trust $200,000 23 February 2018
Tairāwhiti Gisborne Tourism Product Development Activate Tairāwhiti $60,000 23 February 2018
Tairāwhiti Te Ha Sestercentennial Project Te Ha 1769 Sestercentennial Trust $1,000,000 23 February 2018