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Gizzy Local is a platform for community connection in Tūranganui-a-kiwa, Gisborne.

We get a kick out of providing up to date and comprehensive information about local events and sharing stories about the people who make this place shine!

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Sarah Cleave

Founder | Editor | Writer

Sarah Cleave first came around the East Coast to Gisborne on a roadie in 2005 and realised she had found her home here in te Tairāwhiti. She has big energy for anything that involves community and connection particularly if bikes, trees, music, dance or other kinds of collaborative creativity are also in the mix.

Thomas Teutenberg

Founder | Web, Design & Photography

Born, bred, been and back, while picking up a variety of skills along the way. Tom focuses on the unnoticed and fumbles through life unwittingly and with little flair in his top half, wildly compensating with legs.

Pascale Delos

Events Calendar Manager

Pascale is no surfer, but is a strong advocate for arts, culture, sports and the outdoors to be available to everyone, to contribute to better health and a greener environment. She believes that respecting ourselves and respecting Papatūānuku is essential and she does her best in these respects!


Steph Barnett

Illustration | Animation

If you overheard Steph talking about how she felt when she first came to Tairāwhiti, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a story about finding true love. For this surf & culture-loving creative, there was an immediate click & a deep understanding that she was home. Like an octopus, Steph has tentacles in every direction – from the creative arts, education, writing & mental health advocacy, all the way to social media content development & animation. Also like an octopus, she craves salt water, can squeeze into small spaces, & will deter her predators using ink.

Leah McAneney


Leah is one of those grownups who’s still deciding what to do when she grows up. A fan of bands most people haven’t heard of and cars most people don’t drive. Ex reporter for the Barrier Bulletin. Ex volunteer rural firefighter. Ex roller derby skater. Ex accountant. Failed surfer/diver. Excellent at hiding behind a camera or pen and paper.

Jack Marshall


And who is Jack? Jack Marshall writes, bikes and studies to avoid a fulltime job. He lives an austere and frugal lifestyle to enable his habit of drinking overpriced wine. Jack works for The Gisborne Herald and been published by VICE, Newsroom and 95bFM.

John Flatt


John has always been interested in and enjoyed photography. He shoots what he sees of the natural world around him – from nature to industrial to performing arts and in-between – anything that captures his mind’s eye. For him it’s lines, shapes and light. He gets a lot of joy from sharing his view of the beautiful world that surrounds him.

Tink Lockett


Tink Lockett loves to use her creative voice with her photography. Tink enjoys capturing people and places one moment at a time, relishing the variety of people she gets to meet, and the interesting things she gets to do along the way.

Alex Andrews

Social Media

Alex is a 20 year old Gizzy local figuring out her next move. Gizzy Local provides her with an outlet to follow her creative passions and love for entertaining. You You may also have seen her hustling at your fave local joints, flagship & USSCO or dancing on your tiktok feed…

Manaia Aupouri

Local Events Promotion

E aku nui e aku rahi e aku whakataparahi ki te rangi tēnā tātou katoa. Ko Manaia Aupouri tōku ingoa he uri tēnei nō te Tairāwhiti whānui. E aku rangatira e mihi ana.

Sandra Groves


Sandra grew up in Wairoa and moved to Gisborne at 18 years old. Enjoying the Gizzy lifestyle so much she has never left! Sandra has been growing her content writing business ‘First Chapter’ from a side hustle to a full-time gig. Having worked with the local Department of Conservation for over twenty years, she continues to enjoy nature writing as well as helping small local businesses. When she is not working Sandra loves getting out in nature and spending time with her husband Kerry and daughter Alivia.


Far East Coffee Co.

This region known as Tairāwhiti (the coast where the sun shines) is a remote little slice of paradise where the days are long, the pace is slow, the beaches are deserted & the coffee is good! There is beauty at every turn here. Far East Coffee Co. are proud to call this place home.

Smash Palace

Smash is all about good times with great live music, delicious drinks + food and awesome locals.

Dome Bar & Cinema

For good old-fashioned entertainment & an experience to engage the senses and capture the imagination, Dome Cinema is just the place.. films, live music & dining.

James Burn Associates Accounting

JBA are passionate about helping entrepreneurs & small business owners to achieve their financial & lifestyle goals by enabling freedom in their business.

Gisborne Theatres

The War Memorial Theatre, Lawson Field Theatre & the Gisborne Soundshell, as well as the Patutahi Community Hall are owned & managed by the Gisborne District Council. Catch great shows or book the perfect venue for your own event.


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