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Gisborne
Urban Area Population 32,800
Extent Makaraka to Okitu
Unitary
authority
Name Gisborne District
Population 45,200
Extent Puninga to Hicks Bay;
west to Matawai

Gisborne is the name of a unitary authority (in this case, a region and district) in New Zealand. It contains the city of the same name. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Statistics New Zealand defines New Zealand urban areas for statistical purposes. ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single-tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ...


Gisborne Region

The region is located in the northeastern corner of the North Island and is also referred to as the East Cape or East Coast or Eastland region. It is a sparsely inhabited and isolated region, with small settlements mainly clinging to small bays along the eastern shore such as Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay. Other than the city of Gisborne, the main settlement is the town of Ruatoria. The population fo the region is about 45,000, with two-thirds of those living in the city. No other settlement has a population of over 1000. The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... East Cape is the easternmost point of the main islands of New Zealand. ... Gisborne is the name of a unitary authority (in this case, a region and district) in New Zealand. ... Tokomaru Bay is a bay and town located in the remote East Cape (Gisborne) region of New Zealand’s North Island, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Gisborne city and close to Mount Hikurangi. ... Tolaga Bay wharf - New Zealands longest wharf Tolaga Bay is the name attributed by Captain Cook to the local area known as Uawa. It is both a bay and small town on the East Coast of New Zealands North Island. ... The town of Ruatoria is located in the East Coast region of New Zealands North Island. ...


Inland, the land is rough, predominantly forested, hill country. Te Urewera National Park is located in the west of the region, and the Kaingaroa Forest is located just to the west of that. A spine of rough ridges dominates the centre of the region, culminating in the impressive bulk of the 1620 metre Mount Hikurangi in the region's northeast. This mountain is the fifth highest mountain in the North Island. Regarded as sacred by the Maori, there is some justification to the claims that this is the first mountain to see the sun in summer (see note below under Gisborne City). Te Urewera National Park consists of a total land area of 2,127 km² and is situated in the East Coast region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Kaingaroa Forest is the largest forest in the North Island of New Zealand, and the largest plantation in the southern hemisphere. ... There are two prominent mountains in New Zealand called Mount Hikurangi. ... Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ...


The region's population has a higher than the national average proportion of Maori - over 50% is some areas - and still maintains strong ties to both Maori tradition and the iwi and marae structure. The predominant iwi in the region are Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Te Aitanga a Mahaki. Iwi (pronounced ee-wee) are the largest everyday social units in Māori society. ... A Maori word now common in New Zealand English, marae refers an area of land where the Wharenui or meeting house (literally big house) sits. ... The Ngati Porou iwi is among the top ten tribes of New Zealand by population. ...


Gisborne City

NASA satellite photo of Gisborne
NASA satellite photo of Gisborne

The city of Gisborne is located at the north end of Poverty Bay. The white cliff headland of Young Nick's Head at the other end of the bay is visible from the city. The cliffs can be seen in the left hand side of the stat photo associated with this site. Download high resolution version (1280x948, 138 KB)NASA World Wind composite landsat-7 satellite image of Gisborne, New Zealand File links The following pages link to this file: Gisborne Categories: NASA images ... Download high resolution version (1280x948, 138 KB)NASA World Wind composite landsat-7 satellite image of Gisborne, New Zealand File links The following pages link to this file: Gisborne Categories: NASA images ... File links The following pages link to this file: Gisborne ... File links The following pages link to this file: Gisborne ... Poverty Bay is the largest of several small bays on the east coast of New Zealands North Island to the north of Hawke Bay. ... Young Nicks Head is a headland at the southern end of Poverty Bay in New Zealands North Island. ...


This prominence was the first part of New Zealand sighted by the crew of Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour, and was named for the crew member who first saw it. A memorial to Cook stands on the foreshore, marking the point where he first stepped ashore in New Zealand on October 8, 1769. This article refers to the British navigator and cartographer. ... Endeavour replica in Cooktown harbour HM Bark Endeavour was originally a small merchant collier named Earl of Pembroke, built in Whitby, North Yorkshire. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... 1769 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


On the right hand side of the stat photo at the other end of the bay, known as Poverty Bay, is Kaiti Hill. This hill overlooks the town and magnificent views can be obtained by driving/walking to to the summit.

Central Gisborne viewed from Kaiti hill
Central Gisborne viewed from Kaiti hill

The city maintains a rural charm and is a popular holiday spot. Local industries include agriculture, horticulture, farming and forestry. Wine production is also valuable to the local economy. Download high resolution version (900x675, 132 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (900x675, 132 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Latin words hortus (garden plant) and cultura (culture) together form horticulture, classically defined as the culture or growing of garden plants. ... Farming, ploughing rice paddy, in Indonesia Agriculture is the process of producing food, feed, fiber and other desired products by cultivation of certain plants and the raising of domesticated animals (livestock). ... A decidous beech forest in Slovenia. ... Wine is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting grapes or grape juice. ...


It is sometimes known as the City of Rivers as the centre of town is the convergence of three different rivers.


Gisborne City has four main high (secondary) schools: Gisborne Boys' High, Gisborne Girls' High, Lytton High and Campion College.


The harbour was host to many ships in the past. A meat works was sited beside the harbour and meat and wool was shipped from here. Now the harbour is the home of many smaller fishing boats as well as ships loading logs for export.

Coastal suburbs of Gisborne viewed from Kaiti hill
Coastal suburbs of Gisborne viewed from Kaiti hill

Gisborne boasts being the first city in the world to greet the sun each day. Technically, however, this is only true for part of the year. Both Suva, Fiji and Nuku'alofa, Tonga are closer to the International Date Line and therefore would seem more likely candidates for this title. Due to the earth's tilt on its axis, however, Gisborne does overtake their claim as the New Zealand summer grows longer. In the longest days of summer, it again loses the title to the hillier suburbs of Dunedin in the South Island. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 172 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 172 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Suva is the capital of Fiji. ... Nukualofa, population 21,300 (1986), is the capital of Tonga. ... The International Date Line around 180° The International Date Line is an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth, which offsets the hours that are added or subtracted as one travels east or west through successive time zones. ... Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, located in coastal Otago. ... South Island The South Island forms one of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the North Island. ...


The city has the benefit of being very close to the white sand beaches of Waikanae and Midway. A short distance from the city is the surf beach of Wainui.


 

Regions of New Zealand
North Island: Northland | Auckland | Waikato | Bay of Plenty | Gisborne* | Hawke's Bay | Taranaki | Manawatu-Wanganui | Wellington
South Island: Tasman* | Marlborough* | Nelson* | West Coast | Canterbury | Otago | Southland
*unitary authorities
Territorial Authorities of New Zealand
Cities:
North Shore | Waitakere | Auckland | Manukau | Hamilton | Tauranga | Napier | Palmerston North | Porirua | Upper Hutt | Lower Hutt | Wellington | Nelson* | Christchurch | Dunedin | Invercargill
Districts:
North Island: Far North | Whangarei | Kaipara | Rodney | Papakura | Franklin | Thames-Coromandel | Hauraki | Waikato | Matamata-Piako | Waipa | South Waikato | Otorohanga | Rotorua | Waitomo | Taupo | Western Bay of Plenty | Whakatane | Kawerau| Opotiki | Gisborne* | Wairoa | Hastings | Central Hawke's Bay | New Plymouth | Stratford | South Taranaki | Ruapehu | Wanganui | Rangitikei | Manawatu | Tararua | Horowhenua | Kapiti Coast | Masterton | Carterton | South Wairarapa
South Island: Tasman* | Marlborough* | Buller | Grey | Westland | Kaikoura | Hurunui | Waimakariri | Banks Peninsula | Selwyn | Ashburton | Timaru | Mackenzie | Waimate | Waitaki | Queenstown-Lakes | Central Otago | Clutha | Gore | Southland
Territory: Chatham Islands
*unitary authorities

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About Gisborne (324 words)
Gisborne is New Zealand's second largest grape-growing district and, as its self-appointed title Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand suggests, made its mark with the chardonnay variety.
Gisborne also has a reputation for award-winning quality and innovation through its speciality cheeses and beer, wine and cider products; its popcorn, milk products, hosiery and surfboards; its plastics and cashmere production; and its organic farming and health products from the manuka tree.
Gisborne is serviced by sea and air and it's port is a major exporter of logs.
Wines of Gisborne - Adventures on the Vine - About Gisborne (638 words)
Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the sun each day, is located on the sunny East Coast of the North Island.
Gisborne is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with average yearly sunshine of around 2200 hours.
European settlement was established in 1831 and Gisborne became a borough in 1877 and a city in 1955.
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