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Council staff to up skill on oil and gas exploration
24 Jan 2012
An article in the Sunday Star Times this weekend (22 January) suggested that oil companies were trying to ‘woo’ East Coast Council councillors and staff with an all-expenses paid trip to North America. Read more >>
Numbers down but freedom camping still a family favourite
18 Jan 2012
Freedom camping at Pouawa beach Absolute beach front summer holidays are still accessible to all in the Gisborne district. Numbers of freedom campers are down this year but East Coast people still value the experience of packing up their camping gear and heading to the beach. Read more >>
Creative Communities grant supported graffiti exhibition
17 Jan 2012
Every year Creative New Zealand provides money to councils to support local arts activities. Any individual, group or organisation can apply. Applications are now open for a share of the $12,500 funding Gisborne District Council has available. Read more >>
No easy answer to unpaid Māori land rates
13 Jan 2012
Gisborne District Council had $3.4m in rates outstanding on Māori land at 31 October 2011. There are no quick fix solutions to reduce this. The issue of unpaid rates on Maori land is one that Councillors are very concerned about, says Finance and Monitoring Chairman Brian Wilson. “Council is given some tools by central government to raise money to pay for the services it provides. These are mainly rates and user charges. Rates are a charge on property value or area. Some are based on benefits received and others are like a tax. The fact that many properties in the northern area are non-productive and multiply owned makes it difficult to recover these rates if they are not paid.” Read more >>
New Tolaga Bay Wharf car park welcomed by visitors
30 Dec 2011
The Tolaga Bay Wharf car park has been enlarged and sealed just in time for the summer influx of visitors to East Coast icon. The area includes parking for buses and up to 22 cars. It is already been well used. Cars parking along the beach side of the park have a much improved view of the beach and the wharf. Read more >>

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