Posts By: Suzanne Winterflood

Stage 1 of Gisborne Airport’s “iconic” new terminal is now open

Stage 1 of Gisborne Airport’s “iconic” new terminal is now open

 At 4.30am on Tuesday 19 November, one of the country’s preeminent Māori artists, Derek Lardelli, led a karakia to bless the first stage of Gisborne Airport’s new terminal. Guests included representatives from Ngāi Tāwhiri, who hold mana whenua over the area, airport operator Eastland Group, their shareholder Trust Tairāwhiti, Mayor Rehette Stoltz and other local… Read more »

Stage 1 of new Gisborne airport terminal opens 19 Nov

Stage 1 of new Gisborne airport terminal opens 19 Nov

Construction of Gisborne Airport’s new terminal building began in late March this year, and now Stage 1 is almost complete. The doors open to the public at 5am on Tuesday 19 November, following a blessing. “This is such an important milestone for the project, and for the region,” said Matt Todd, chief executive of airport… Read more »

East Coast forestry and electricity lines companies  partner up to protect power supply

East Coast forestry and electricity lines companies partner up to protect power supply

Trees are the number one cause of unplanned power outages across Tairāwhiti and Wairoa, and right across New Zealand. During a storm, trees and branches that touch or fall through power lines cause widespread cuts to the electricity supply. And, they often require expensive and extensive repairs. Eastland Network has partnered with forestry company Grandy… Read more »

Inspiring mural to welcome library visitors

Inspiring mural to welcome library visitors

Eastland Network, Gisborne District Council and Project Ataahua are collaborating on a new mural that will welcome visitors to the Bright Street entrance of the HB Williams Memorial Library. The mural is part of Project Ataahua. This award-winning team of Gisborne Girl’s High School students is taking part in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme… Read more »

Record number of Eastland Group tertiary engineering scholarships awarded

Record number of Eastland Group tertiary engineering scholarships awarded

2018 scholarship recipients, L to R: Connor Mitchell, Kelsey Coronno, Izaya Jahnke, Reid Williams, Rangi Moore. Eastland Group has awarded more tertiary engineering scholarships than ever before, due to the exceptionally high calibre of local talent. Each year, Eastland Group offers one or more scholarships to students from the region who are studying civil, mechanical,… Read more »

New Eastland Group chairman announced

New Eastland Group chairman announced

Keith Sutton has been appointed chairman of Eastland Group Limited, Eastland Network Limited, Eastland Port Limited and Gisborne Airport Limited. “Eastland Group operates critical infrastructure in the region, supports local economic growth and is tasked with delivering strong returns to our sole shareholder, Eastland Community Trust,” said Mr Sutton today. “The performance of Eastland Group… Read more »

High winds cause power outages across the region

High winds cause power outages across the region

Update from Eastland Network: As of 7am this morning, just over 400 customers across the region were experiencing power outages. This included around 300 in the Ruatoria area. Crews were dispatched at first light to investigate and repair the faults. They’re making steady progress, and by 9am just 150 people were still without power. Ruatoria:… Read more »

Christmas comes early for East Coast electric vehicle owners

Christmas comes early for East Coast electric vehicle owners

Eastland Group is opening up the spectacular East Coast region to EV drivers, with the introduction of new high speed charging stations. Wairoa and Matawai each have a 50kW fast charging unit, and both went live today. Tolaga Bay’s 25kW unit will be open soon. EV charging stations are also coming to Putorino, Morere 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 »