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A group of Tolaga Bay Area School pupils came via Gisborne on their way to tramp through the Rua's Track area as apart of a Bushcraft module run by Jim Wright and Russell Hope of the Gisborne Police. They experienced tramping and camping to build confidence, leadership and team skills.




Back: Mandy Hooper (left), Marylee Smyth, Awhaa Tarei and Charles Mohi. Middle: Jim Wright (Outdoor Education Teacher), Claudette Milner, Nara Milham, Nirelle Foster, Aaron Tautau, Neil McGregor and Russell Hope. Front: Boyd Atkins, Antonio Phillips, Tammy Smith, Daniel Marino and Larsen Lloyd.


12 year old Jamie is a Waikirikiri School 2nd Former who has built upon his impressive swimming efforts with the Enterprise Swim Team to add triathlons to his list of achievements. He won the 1st ever Waikirikiri School triathlon, came 3rd in the Odyssey's End Junior triathlon, was 5th in his age group at the Weetbix Kiwi Kids triathlon in Tauranga and won his age group at the Wairoa triathlon. These successes encouraged Jamie to join the Eastland Tri Club where he is gaining valuable competing experience from some of Gisborne's top athletes. His parents, Cynthia and Matthew McCann, are justifiably proud of their son.


At a C.W.I. Federation Meeting held at the Lawson Field Theatre, Mildred Quilter of Otoko and Mary Curtis of Taruheru were honoured with Good Service Medals. Poverty Bay Federation President Alison Crawford (left) read out their recommendations in front of more than 100 local members and, with National C.W.I. President Mrs Avelda Howie (right), presented Mildred (centre left) and Mary their badges.



Les Dwight moved from Gisborne to Auckland in 1994 with to further his career. Well known for his "Elvis" act, he performed in front of 30,000 people as pre game entertainment for the Auckland Warriors. Now he has a place in the Auckland Opera Chorus. He has sung in "Faust" and "La Triviata" His performance in Opera in the Park with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa led to an invitation to join her Chorus in "Don Giovanni" but he turned it down to join the cast of hit musical "The Mikado" where he impressed the producer who has included les in the production to be performed in Perth and Adelaide. From there he will travel to Brisbane to begin rehearsals for the up and coming N Z Tour of "The Pirates of Penzance" This career began at the age of 9 when Les was in the local production of "Oliver"


The Executive of the Poverty Bay Federation of the Country Womens Institute are...


Members of the Gisborne Gymnastics Club travelled to the Centennial Hall at McLean Park in Napier to compete in the opening competition of the year. It was the smallest Gisborne team ever to attend. From the large number of competitors from the Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Taranaki areas 5 of the 8 Gisborne team received certificates and placings. 2 of the boys progressed a level, 2 girls are eligible to progress a level and Josie White came 3rd overall in her level.


At the Auckland Aotea Centre, Final Night, Les with his mother Pauline and Ray Mitchell.


(back left) Pam Tohill Vice President Press Officer (Makaraka/Matawhero), Gloria McLatchie Hospitality (Taruheru), Isabel Spence Newsletters (Turanganui), Barbara Baker Raffles (Gisborne Town Centre), Jean Mills Voluntary Organiser (Puha) and Sharon Barwick Handcraft and Home & Abroad). Front: Betty McKay Minute Secretary (Turanganui), Val Kemp Secretary (Puha), Alison Crawford President (Puha) and Audrey Jenner Treasurer (Taruheru). Absent: Daphne Quinney (Otoko) and Nelda McKinnon (Makaraka/Matawhero)


Back: Nicholas Corbett (left), Guy Benton-Dekker, Christine Wilcox, Yvonne Burr and Elly McGuiness. Front: Nadine Corbett, Jessica Hansard, Josie White, Holly Corbett and Curtis Mclean.