Impressive backhoe dredger to shift hard material

Impressive backhoe dredger to shift hard material

The towering spuds of a hired backhoe dredge will be visible at Eastland Port this week as maintenance dredging in front of wharf 7 and 8, and in the navigation channel, begins. The 32m high spuds, or anchors, are part of a GPK backhoe dredge hired from Heron Construction. The dredging will begin on Wednesday 6 December 2017 in… Read more »

300,000 tonnes of wood in one month not far off

300,000 tonnes of wood in one month not far off

It won’t be long before Eastland Port and its contracted companies shift 300,000 tonnes of wood in one month, says general manager Andrew Gaddum. “Our customers tell us ahead what volumes of wood are coming in to the port. We can see that a record breaking tonnage of 300,000 may not be far away.” The port’s… Read more »

Mystery surrounds piece of port history

Mystery surrounds piece of port history

EASTLAND Port is hoping to solve a maritime mystery that could stretch back over 100 years. The mystery is the origins of a hefty cast steel anchor found during archaeological investigations done while developing the port’s new Wharfside log yard. Archaeologist Lynda Walter believes that, with the historic find having been buried under an old… Read more »

Port’s no-waste policy produces new pasture

Port’s no-waste policy produces new pasture

LOW value bark from Eastland Port has been turned into organic paddock-fill by a cartage contractor and an environmentally conscious farmer. Forward-thinking agricultural and cartage contractor Mark DeCosta and a Muriwai farming family have created a nature-friendly paddock as a solution for getting rid of tens of thousands of tonnes of low-value bark. “The project has allowed… Read more »

Pint-sized port supplying world’s biggest timber importer

Pint-sized port supplying world’s biggest timber importer

PINE trees moving across Gisborne’s port meet an astonishing six percent of China’s total international demand for soft wood, says Eastland Port General Manager Andrew Gaddum. The January to June 2017 figures extracted from online industry newsletter WoodWeek reiterate what a significant player this region is in a global business worth billions. “Six percent may not… Read more »

US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa to speak in Gisborne

US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa to speak in Gisborne

US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa Scott Brown, and The Mind Lab by Unitec General Manager Fee McLeod, have been announced for the Eastland Group speaker series this October. The “Eastland Group presents” speaker series, delivered in partnership with the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce, has brought some of the country’s most innovative leaders to… Read more »

Behind the scenes look at history-making Eastland Port

Behind the scenes look at history-making Eastland Port

As Eastland Port registers its biggest export month in its history, it’s giving guardians of our national identify, students, sport fishers, and MPs, unprecedented access behind the scenes. Eastland Port achieved record log tonnage throughput in August, reaching 297,195 tonnes. It’s an increase of 36 percent compared to last August when it reached 219,245 tonnes…. Read more »

East Coast MP Anne Tolley goes port side

East Coast MP Anne Tolley goes port side

CENTRAL government can and should play a role in regional initiatives that support both business and the community, says National Party MP for the East Coast, Anne Tolley. On the day that voting in the 2017 New Zealand general election opened, Mrs Tolley had a packed schedule of visits around Gisborne . . . and,… Read more »

Tertiary engineering scholarship 2018: applications close 31 October

Tertiary engineering scholarship 2018: applications close 31 October

Every year, Eastland Group awards one or more scholarships to outstanding students from the region who are studying civil, mechanical, electrical or chemical and process engineering. The scholarship is worth $5,000, and comes with the possibility of paid holiday work with the company. Applications are open now. “2018 is shaping up to be another big… Read more »

Energy champion appointed to Electric Village

Energy champion appointed to Electric Village

Tairāwhiti has its first ever energy champion, with Katherine Evett appointed to the newly created position. Katherine will be based in Electric Village, New Zealand’s first community-focused energy hub. Electric Village is a one-stop-shop for advice, exhibitions and discussions about the future of energy. It will open in Gisborne in the next couple of months,… Read more »