Why Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Why we call Tairāwhiti Gisborne home

Of the many reasons to consider living in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, here are the top five.

There are a thousand good reasons to consider moving to Tairāwhiti Gisborne. The beaches, the sunny climate, the open skies and warm, friendly community. And the fact that while Aucklanders sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic, people here are walking, biking or surfing before the workday has even started.


Let’s face it, life here is pretty darn good. With easy access to the outdoors, sports facilities, cafés, wineries, great schools, fast internet and a growing job base, we rank high in happiness surveys. For example, Statistics New Zealand’s Wellbeing study shows that Tairāwhiti Gisborne sits in the top five for both ‘well-being’ and ‘sense of purpose’.


Growth in our economy means that we need more workers. A survey of employers recently found that in the next five years more than 2,000 new jobs will be generated in forestry, tourism, agriculture and horticulture. You want to work? We need you! Check out some of the careers on offer here


We’ve all heard about Auckland’s housing crisis. Have you heard about our boom? The median house price in Tairāwhiti Gisborne rose almost 16 per cent in the year to August 2016, to reach $260,500. Nevertheless, housing remains incredibly affordable by Auckland and Wellington standards. See what $450,000 buys you here.


Growing economy

Recent surveys show that our regional economic growth is second to our neighbour, the Bay of Plenty. Perhaps it’s got something to do with that Pacific Coast climate! What’s more, job ads, car registrations and tourism guest nights are all up on previous years. We don’t want to use the word booming, but things are on the up! Check out what’s happening in our key industries here.

People, people, people

A home is nothing without a heart, and the heart of Tairāwhiti Gisborne is our people. We don’t have any official studies to prove it, but we reckon there’s no other region offering a warmer welcome. Our sense of whānau is strong and our whakapapa runs deep. We have strong ties with land, sea and sky and a commitment to building community. Some of that’s reflected in our strong national rankings in education, cultural performance and sport. If you’re tired of living in an impersonal city, then come to Tairāwhiti Gisborne. Come home!

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