We sponsor a range of initiatives designed to grow Gisborne’s regional economy
Eastland Group’s partnership with Gisborne Speedway, home of the “big banked track”, has been in place for seven years and was renewed again in 2014. The speedway’s programme of events is one of Gisborne’s favourite summer spectator sports, attracting a broad range of people from our community.
Now in its fourth year, the company’s partnership with the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce brings some of the country’s biggest business names to speak in Gisborne.
The 2014 Inspiration and Innovation Speaker Series featured Sir Stephen Tindall, Davey Hughes, Doug Hastie, and Dean Ford. In 2015 we hosted Simon Moutter, Dame Wendy Pye, Dame Susan Devoy and Russell Stanners.
Engineering students Kelsey Coronno and Sam Godwin are the 2016 recipients of our Tertiary Study Scholarships.
The scholarship offers $5,000 to Eastland region students studying engineering focus on civil, mechanical or electrical engineering.
Applications for the 2017 scholarship will open in September 2016.
Eastland Group also contributes annually to a scholarship fund administered by the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ).
Each year CAANZ awards a scholarship to a Gisborne tertiary accounting student and Braxton McHugh and Lori Lardelli are the 2015 recipients of $2500 scholarships from Eastland Group and CAANZ.
Project Restoration is an employee-led campaign to beautify the Waikanae Stream which runs past the Cook Stores that we own.
Since May 2014, we have planted more than 400 native trees and shrubs.
About half the plants were generously supplied by the Women’s Native Tree Project Trust.
This trust installed an additional high definition security camera to its city security network, thanks to help from Eastland Group.
The camera brings the total number of closed circuit television network cameras to 14, operating in the wider Gisborne city district.
The cameras directly benefits security for tenants at the Inner Harbour where Eastland Group is landlord, and also at the Eastland Port area.
Eastland Port formalised its sponsorship of Enviroschools in 2014, with the establishment of a Tairawhiti Action Fund that makes $4000 available each year for student-led action projects.
We have been happy to provide schools with bark from the port’s debarking plant for some time, but the Action Fund really allows individual schools to turn their visions into reality.
We celebrate the local forestry industry, recognising individuals and businesses who perform at the highest level. The aim of the awards is to motivate excellence and innovation across the sector.
A celebration of our local vineyards and winemakers. The formal awards dinner is a well-established highlight of the region’s annual wine calendar.
Eastland Port supports the Poverty Bay Kayak Club, a centre for local paddling enthusiasts. Since its beginnings in 1978, the club has played home to paddlers who have gone on to reign supreme on national and international stages.