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More information for Tairāwhiti IPE (TIPE) students

About Tairāwhiti, Gisborne and Wairoa (some statistics)


Tairāwhiti and Gisborne


The Tairāwhiti region covers a large portion of the East Coast of the North Island, extending from as far north as Hick's Bay and Te Araroa, south over the Wharerata towards Morere, and inland towards Te Urewera. Gisborne is the main city within the Tairāwhiti region, and is most renowned for its beautiful beaches, sunny weather, extensive vineyards that produce top-notch wine, and, of course, the annual Rhythm and Vines New Years' music festival.

The Tairāwhiti DHB serves a population of about 47,000 people and has a significant Māori population, with 50.2% identifying as Māori.

  • Tairawhiti’s population tends to be much younger than the national average. Many of the population are aged 0–9, this is a high resource cost associated with Tairawhiti’s population
  • Tairawhiti has a very high proportion of people in the most deprived section of the population compared to the national average
  • Tairāwhiti is a small economy underpinned by an export-focused agriculture sector
  • Te Reo Māori, which is spoken by 15.6% of people compared to 3.7% nationally.
  • The unemployment rate in Gisborne District is 9.3% for people aged 15 years and over, compared with 7.1% nationally.


Wairoa


Wairoa is a town in New Zealand's North Island. It is the northernmost town in the Hawke's Bay region, and is located on the northern shore of Hawkes Bay at the mouth of the Wairoa River and to the SouthWest of Mahia Peninsula. It is 118 kilometres northeast of Napier,  92 kilometres southwest of Gisborne and 58 kilometers southeast of Lake Waikaremoana It is the largest town in the district of Wairoa. The district (as opposed to the town) has been known historically as 'Te Wairoa'. The original inhabitants of the Wairoa area were the Ngati Kahungunu Māori people.

Wairoa Hospital is part of the Hawkes Bay DHB. The hospital serves an estimated population in the district of 8150

A higher percentage 35.3% of people in Wairoa than nationally are listed in the last census as not being part of the labour force. Overall, 4.7% of the population earned a high income, and 29.4% earned a low income, compared with 8.8% and 25.0% respectively for the Hawke's Bay Region. A large percentage 64% is considered most derprived (Quintile 5) and a further 23% are in quintile 4 (deprived).


Feedback and helpful information from previous students


A group of 2017 TIPE students based at Wairoa prepared the video below to tell future students more about their experience :
To watch video

Take a closer look - comments from each discipline

DieteticsNursingPharmacy
DentalOccupational TherapyPhysiotherapy
MedicineOral HealthSocial Work

Extracurricular Activities

Whilst on TIPE you will have the opportunity to explore the Tāirawhiti and Wairoa region. Click here to see photos of TIPE students enjoying extracurricular activities

Or have a look at these tourism websites

Tairāwhiti

Wairoa

Getting ready

Click here for a pdf copy of the Student Orientation Infobook

Preparing your Pepeha


On day one, the first group activity will see you experience a noho marae (an overnight stay at a marae) in the local area. As part of this you will experience a round of introductions known as mihi whakatau or whakawhanaungatanga which is the process of establishing relationships and making connections by sharing your pepeha. It is a short introduction about who you are and where you come from.
While it is not compulsory to do a pepeha, below is a basic template for those willing to give it a try. You never know when you might need it.
Karawhiua! Give it a go!

Tēnā koutou katoaGreetings to you all
Ko …………………………….. Te WakaThe waka I affiliate to is ……………….
Ko …………………………….. Te MāungaThe mountain I affiliate to is …………………
Ko …………………………….. Te Awa/Roto/MoanaThe river/lake/sea I affiliate to is ……………..
Ko …………………………….. Te IwiThe tribe that I affiliate to is ………………..
Ko …………………………….. Te HapūThe sub-tribe that I affiliate to is ………………..
Ko …………………………….. Te MaraeThe marae that I affiliate to is ………………..
No …………………………….. AhauI am from ………………..
Ko ………………. Rāua ko ……………….. Ōku mātuaMy Parents are ………………. And ……………..
Ko …………………………….. Tōku IngoaMy name is ……………………….
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoaTherefore, greetings to you, greetings to you, greetings to you all

What to Pack for the Noho Marae

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow case and/or pillow (may use hospital pillows)
  • Towel (may use hospital towels)
  • Casual wear
  • Change of clothes
  • Walking shoes
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Jandals to shower
  • Pyjamas