A Message from the Locals

December 24, 2019

Kia ora R&V from the Gisborne District Council. Naumai haramai ki Tairawhiti Gisborne!

Here’s our 3 tips for enjoying our place while you’re here bringing in the New Year.

1. Stay safe on our roads

We want you to get here and home again safely. Look out for our fatigue stops and pull over if you need a break. Our road safety team will be on the BBQ with food and giveaways.Local man Hyrum Paenga will be there to tell you about the moment he made a bad decision about drinking and driving.

2. Be the kaitiaki


We love our beaches, rivers and open spaces and hope you get amongst it and enjoy our place too.

Please look after our environment, use rubbish bins provided around town, at the R&V bus stops and don’t dump anything!

Help us keep our place looking sharp, if you see rubbish or issues call 0800 653 800 or use our app GDCFix on the App Store or Google Play.

3. Know the alcohol ban areas


Drinking alcohol in some of our public places is a no-go. Don’t take open bottles into our city centre, marina and shopping centres and most importantly the Waiohika area – that includes drinking in your own car!

There’s a ban on all roads from State Highway 2 (Matawai Road) all the way back to Back Ormond and Waimata Valley Road. You could be reported or stopped by Police and end up with a fine – cars will be checked for alcohol going into the venue so it’s not worth it.