A Message from the Locals

December 21, 2020

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.

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.

The liquor bans are:

  • From 6am on December 27 to 6pm on January 1, the areas in the vicinity of R&V, around and including Grays Bush Scenic Reserve and Carpark, Grays Bush Lookout, Waimata Valley Road, Back Ormond Road from Hansen Road to Matawai Road (SH 2), Waihirere Domain Road, Snowsill Road, Glenelg Road, Kawatiri Road and all the roads joining Matawai Road to Back Ormond Road and Lytton West Reserve).
  • From 6am on December 27 to 6am on January 1, in the areas of Marina Park bounded by the two rivers, Ormond Road, Fitzherbert Street and Peel Street, and the whole of Kelvin Park bounded by the river, Peel Street, Stout Street and the museum.
  • The second alcohol-free zone is to “strengthen” the permanent CBD alcohol bans at areas where people drink as they wait for R&V buses and “to support” the New Year's Eve youth event and Fire in the Sky.
  • From 8am on January 30 to 6am on January 31, in the areas bounded by Awapuni Road, Pacific Street, Centennial Marine Drive, Beacon Street, Salisbury Road and Midway Beach.