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The Gisborne/Tairāwhiti region is not only one of the most remote regions of New Zealand, it also has some of the most isolated communities in New Zealand. The region is largely dominated by the rugged mountainous spine that stretches from Nuhaka north up to Hicks Bay, and as far west as Matawai. The main urban centre is Gisborne City.

On this page you will find a wide range of information, and data from the Gisborne/Tairāwhiti region. The purpose is to provide the community with access to information so they can make better, more informed decisions.

The Gisborne/Tairāwhiti region has one of the most diverse population profiles when compared to other regions in New Zealand. Data from the most recent Census (2013) highlighted that:

  • The region’s population is 43,656 (approximately 1% of the total population of New Zealand) – ranking it 14th out of 16 regions by size in New Zealand.
  • The region’s Māori population is 19,683 – ranking it 9th out of 16 regions in New Zealand. However, the region has the highest proportion of Māori (48.9%) living among the population.
  • The region has a high youth – aged under 15 years – population (24.6%) when compared to all of New Zealand (20.4%).

Download a copy of the CENSUS 2013 – GISBORNE QUICK STATISTICS.


The Ministry of Health published the Māori Health Profile for each District Health Board (DHB) in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The overall aim of the Māori Health Strategy, He Korowai Oranga, is Pae Ora or Healthy Futures which is a holistic concept that includes three interconnected elements; whānau ora (healthy families), wai ora (health environments) and mauri ora (healthy individuals).  This document presents data for residents of Te Mana Hauora o Te Tairāwhiti (Hauora Tairāwhiti)

Download a copy of MAORI HEALTH PROFILE 2015 – Tairawhiti District Health Board