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Friendship Force is in its 10th year in Gisborne. The local "force" was created to meet new people and make friends around the world.


Ken Cresswell, ex All White and Player Coach of Gisborne City Sports Club, has accepted a "soccer player's dream" where he will be the Player/Coach of Southland Football Association. Ken will take their Super League team as a full time coach and will be Director of Coaching for Southland. He will return to Invercargill, his home town, to enjoy working at his favourite game. Ken has enjoyed encouraging players in the Gisborne City Club but acknowledges that it is time for him to move on.


A group of young Cobham, Kaiti, Ilminster, Gisborne Intermediate, Boy's High and an ex-Riverdale pupil performed for sponsors who supported their fund-raising for a wananga on Mokoia Island, Rotorua Lake. It was a great opportunity to enjoy Rotorua's gondola, Iugé, etc. as well as pitching tents to camp on the island and to learn Maori Culture including speaking, performing taiaha, protocol and self reliance organised by Mita Mohi.


A Verdale Olive Tree was planted in the Friendship Force Avenue of Trees in the Kelvin Park Reserve to commemorate the visit of 22 Americans from Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kentucky. In August the 1st Gisborne Friendship Force Club contingent will travel to Connecticut and New York States in the United States of America.


Ken and a few mates enjoyed a few fond memories at the Wharf Café.


Dave Ahu (obscured behind the 1st row) has taught a new step. Willingness to practise & perfect will enable these young pupils to be leaders of the future.



Gisborne's 89FM is a finalist in the Provincial Station of the Year category of the prestigious N Z Radio Awards. Breakfast host Matt King is also a finalist in the Air Personality of the Year category. The Finals were held at the Sheraton Hotel, Auckland.


Some of the receptionists, nurses, midwives and doctors of the Kaiti Medical Centre who gathered together at the Whaf Café to farewell Dr Louise Couch who came to work at the Kaiti Medical Centre as a G.P. Locum for 3 months. Louise's home is in Auckland but she is leaving N Z to travel overseas.

Photo courtesy the Gisborne Media Centre

Tim Homer (left), Janet Johnstone,Dave Hyslop,Glynis O'Connell,Michelle Mullooly,Willie Plummer,Matt King,Lynda Hallinan,Lisa Moore,Adam McLaughlin,Jo Simpson & Debby Cresswell.


Standing from the left: Raewyn Bull,Jan des Barres,Beth Armstrong,Louise Couch,Rosie Spence,Bev Scott,Bonnie Wynne and Rosemary Searle. Front: Lynne, Shields, Helen Walker (kneeling), Marla Williams,Lil Eruera,Breda Bernstein,Jo Empsall and Linda Strong.