Koranga Forks Hut in “mint condition”

Families looking for an overnight adventure tramp close to Gisborne are reminded the Koranga Forks Hut has been upgraded. A team from Department of Conservation (DoC) had recently completed maintenance on the track from the hut to the Moanui road-end, as well as cleaned and repaired the hut leaving it in “mint condition”. The hut has six bunks. DoC community ranger Sandra Groves said a reasonable level of fitness was needed for the track. To get there, drive to and along Te Wera Rd, about hal

Gisborne online e commerce commercial product photographer

Hi, I am a B2B photographer based in Tairawhiti Gisborne, located in the Albert building at 18 Peel Street. I help business owners to sell products and increase sales by using the right images to showcase your product and services in the right way. I love using my photographic skills to help tell your stories and capture that special moment. The perfect images will showcase your business, products or services to their full potential. This really excites me, and I look forward to working with you

BLOG - Rich in heritage and nature: Nelson Tasman

In November I was lucky to get away for a holiday to Nelson Tasman at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. My top five reasons you should visit Nelson Tasman: • None with its gold mining and jade-hunting history. Nelson is a popular base for caving, vineyards, exploring nature and so much more. The city’s heritage dates back to 1841 and is showcased at Founders Heritage Park. Here we discovered a collection of historic buildings and transportation depicting early settlement in Nelson.

Is shorthand a dying art form?

Teeline based around handwriting took me six months to learn. I was then able practise and developed speed over time by listening, and transcribing radio and tv. Then using shorthand as a PA to record correspondence and minutes of meetings. Admittedly, I did develop the bad habit of taking down word-for-word what people said. But, you learn to develop your own style and way of establishing the main points in a meeting. When I moved into a communications role shorthand became critical for getting

Healing catchments for community well-being in Tairāwhiti

The eight week pilot Tairāwhiti Agroecology Recovery Project (TARP) was made possible by COVID-19 redeployment funding received via the Provincial Development Unit and administered by DOC. TARP is a collaborative venture of hapū/iwi, DOC, and the Tairawhiti Environment Centre, supported by a range of Government agencies including the Ministry of Social Development, and other conservation groups working towards catchment restoration in Tairāwhiti.

BLOG - What does telling the New Zealand story mean to business?

I attended a New Zealand story workshop which was relevant to me as a storyteller/heritage research writer. The workshop took us through exploring our inner storyteller with the aim of creating a nation of storytellers. Our great stories are often left untold and not seen or heard in competitive global environments. New Zealand story has been set up by the government to enhance our reputation beyond natural beauty and to ensure we tell a broad, compelling and aspirational story about our country

ARTICLE - Building and maintaining relationships with the media from a PR perspective

As a public relations practitioner working for business, one of the most important relationships to be nurtured is that with the media. The building of such a relationship isn’t achieved overnight it takes considerable time and effort. Practising good media relations is an ongoing task, not a last-minute effort employed only when publicity is required. Co-operation with the media is essential and central to succeeding in business. In this article the public relations professional/journalist relationship is explored drawing on findings in research on the topic.


When family and friends from out of town come to visit, I’m inevitably put on the spot to come up with local highlights to show them. Mentally, I run through all my favourite places in town – cafés, sights and adventures, etc. Gray’s Bush Scenic Reserve in Gisborne is always in my top five. In April, two new Toyota Kiwi Guardian adventure sites were launched in Gisborne - one at Gray’s Bush Scenic Reserve and another at Okitu Bush Scenic Reserve. Toyota Kiwi Guardians is an activity programme


Ohope Scenic Reserve provided the opportunity to tell unique stories of the history of the respective area and the people. This project involved project planning, research, writing, sourcing images and working with other parties; Ngati Awa, Whakatane Kiwi Trust,  DOC staff, and designers. All interpretation panels are Crown copyright credit to Department of Conservation,/Te Papa Atawhai..