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More information for Tairāwhiti IPE (TIPE) students

About Tairāwhiti, Gisborne and Wairoa

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 District Health Board serves a population of about 47,000 people and has a significant Māori population, with 50.2 per cent identifying as Māori.

  • Tairāwhiti’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 Tairāwhiti’s population
  • Tairāwhiti 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 per cent of people compared to 3.7 per cent nationally.
  • The unemployment rate in Gisborne District is 9.3 per cent for people aged 15 years and over, compared with 7.1 per cent nationally.


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 kilometres 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 Ngāti Kahungunu Māori people.

Wairoa Hospital is part of the Hawkes Bay DiHB. The hospital serves an estimated population in the district of 8,150.

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

Wairoa IPE Project video

Take a closer look – comments from each discipline

Extracurricular Activities

Whilst on TIPE you will have the opportunity to explore the Tāirawhiti and Wairoa region.

Gallery of TIPE students enjoying extracurricular activities (PDF)

Tourism websites

Getting ready

Student Orientation Infobook (PDF)

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 katoa.
Greetings to you all.
No Pōneke Ahau.
I am from Wellington.
Nō te whānau Jaine.
I am from the Jaine family.
Ko Neville Rāua ko Pat Ōku mātua.
My Parents are Neville And Pat.
Ko Bill Tōku Ingoa.
My name is Bill.
He tauira rata ahau ki te Whare Wānanga o Otago.
I am medical student of The University of Otago.
E noho ana ahau ki Pōneke.
I live in Wellington.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Therefore, 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
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