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GisborneThe Gisborne District connects the Bay of Plenty in the north with Hawke's Bay in the south. It includes the Raukumara Ranges and East Cape, which is the easternmost tip of the North Island.

The largest settlement is the city of Gisborne. Gisborne is in Poverty Bay, the region’s largest bay. The name Poverty Bay refers to the experiences of Captain Cook who was unable to provision his boats when he first set foot in New Zealand here in 1769. However this was due more to a lack of communication rather than to a lack of supplies.

The region, also called ‘East Cape’, is one of the most lightly populated. It includes very large areas of mountainous bushland (with great hunting), and a remarkable coastline of almost 300 km featuring some of the country’s best fishing and diving.

Gisborne City has a population of around 35,000.  The city has a very good natural port but the cost of roads and sometimes difficult access to Gisborne has meant that the port at Napier has attracted the great majority of the transport business.

The Port of Gisborne still provides services to coastal shipping and a strong local fleet. Discussion continues around an upgrade to meet the demands of maturing commercial forests in the lower Raukumara ranges. 

Tourism is also an important economic activity.  Much of the East Cape’s attraction is its natural beauty and the lack of development.  A trip to the east Coast can really reward visitors with a wonderful sense of being away from it all.

Due to the population base and the low level of settlement activity we currently have no SSNZ Gisborne Office.

The government also provides support for newcomers to create their own local networks.
To find out more, visit the Newcomers Network.

The Newcomers Network is supported by Settling In, an initiative of Family and Community Services (Ministry of Social Development).

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Useful Links

  • New Kiwis –an online service connecting potential employers with new migrants in New Zealand.
  • Help in your language– if you’re not comfortable speaking English, settlement information is available in other languages. CAB Language Link is free, independent and confidential. Phone 0800 788 877. You can also contact this service through SSNZ.
  • Other Settlement services

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