Noise monitoring at the port

Eastland Group

We are committed to being a good neighbour and reducing the effects of noise generated from port operations. The 24-hour operation of the port is vital to the Tairāwhiti economy and that is why the port works extremely hard at managing its operations to minimise and reduce noise. It should be noted that the port does have certain rights within the district plan in relation to noise. However, we are always looking for ways to reduce the impacts where we can.

What are we doing to minimise the noise?

We’re managing operational noise through hours of work, a Noise Management Plan and a number of noise mitigation strategies, which include:

  • Adjusting the time of day and the duration of activities that cause noise
  • Ensuring our pavements are maintained to prevent irregular surfaces
  • Ensuring machinery is regularly maintained to prevent unnecessary machine noise

Port Community Liaison Group

Eastland Port meets regularly with the Port Community Liaison Group, which includes local residents, iwi and hapū, Gisborne District Council representatives, and other community stakeholders. At these meetings we give updates about the plans and projects that we’re working on, and provide the community with the opportunity to give port management direct feedback. Plans are shared with the group and measures worked through to minimise disturbance and impacts to our neighbours.

How do I make a noise complaint?

To make a noise complaint, phone port security on 06 868 1372. If you’d like to make a written noise complaint, please email

When a complaint or enquiry is received, either electronically or via telephone, prompt acknowledgement will be provided. Where possible, you will receive a response the same day. If the enquiry requires a more detailed response, we will endeavour to provide this within two working days – or an alternative timeframe which will be outlined to the person who made the complaint.

Live noise data

Eastland Port has a sound monitoring device on the Portside Hotel to measure the noise levels in the area. The monitor measures noise from activity at the port and other noise sources in the area. Noise levels at the monitor are typically between 50 and 60 dB LAeq.

It’s important to note that the measured noise levels are not just from Eastland Port activity. Noise from other sources such as weather events, passing heavy vehicles, and other environmental factors will also be measured. This will influence the noise monitoring data.

Noise data is presented in a graph which shows the average noise level throughout the day in 15 minute periods (LAeq 15min). The example below explains how to read the graph. Click here to see the real-time noise data.

Eastland Port is always focused on looking for new and better ways to keep our noise levels at a minimum. We’re keeping our eyes and ears open for quieter ways to work.