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Our vision

Our vision and values set the future direction of the Gisborne District Council.  This is our guiding light and should ensure that all our strategies, actions and decisions are aligned.  


Tairāwhiti First!          First to see the light
Tairāwhiti Tangata     First choice for people and lifestyle
Tairāwhiti Taonga      First choice for enterprise and innovation
Tairāwhiti Wawata     First place for the environment, culture and heritage

Our vision speaks of our region of firsts; locally, nationally and globally. We are the first city in the world to see the rising sun.

A place where people want to be and are proud to live. A place that is home to productive and innovative businesses and where our agriculture and natural resource strengths are leveraged into value-added job rich opportunities. A place where we care for our  environment as an integral part of our lifestyle. A place rich in history that celebrates and keeps alive its language, culture and traditions.