Tairawhiti District Health Board

Tairawhiti District Health (TDH) covers the area from beyond Hicks Bay in the north to the Wharerata ranges in the south.

They deliver a wide range of health and disability services to a close-knit, multicultural community of approximately 46,000 people

At one main hospital Gisborne Hospital they offer a comprehensive, well-equipped secondary hospital with modern facilities.  With a dynamic, supportive and friendly work environment with variety, flexibility and one-one-one learning opportunities

Gisborne Hospital Services

Day of Surgery Unit/Day Ward six bed Day of Surgery Unit to cater for medical and surgical day cases.

Their theatre unit has three operating rooms in which a range of both acute and elective surgery is undertaken.

Emergency Department

Ambulatory Integrated Services (AIMS)

22 general surgical beds and manages patients from a range of surgical specialties including Vascular, Upper and Lower GI, Hepato-Biliary and Gynaecology.

14 orthopaedic and eight  rehabilitation beds and predominantly manages acute & elective orthopaedic patients. It also manages a number of ENT and Ophthalmology patients.

There are four orthopaedic surgeons, two ENT surgeons and one ophthalmologist who work at Gisborne Hospital.

Acute Medical – 22-bedded general Medical ward that manages a range of acute general medical patients. There are two dedicated Palliative Care beds in the ward.

Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit – ICU/CCU is a six bed unit which covers specialties from Coronary Care through to High Dependency and Intensive Care, including ventilated patients, temporary pacing, and rarely, paediatrics.

.Tui Te Ora – Long Term Conditions Unit  a new facility “Tui Te Ora” on the hospital grounds that delivers an integrated specialist long term conditions service within a multi disciplinary framework.

Mental Health – Psychiatric Assessment Triage Team (PAT Team)

Te Whare Awhiora (Ward 11) is an eight bed unit providing care for acutely unwell tangata whaiora/consumers who require care, treatment, ongoing assessment and stabilisation. Treatment is provided by nurses, consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, activities therapist, occupational therapist and doctors.

Community Mental Health

Puawai Aroha Maternity Unit – The Maternity unit consists of five birthing suites and 8 inpatient beds.  It caters for around 750 births per year.

Antenatal Clinics.

The Neonatal Unit is a six cot, level 2 unit with admission criteria of 32 weeks gestation or more.

Planet Sunshine is a 16-bed Paediatric unit which accommodates medical and surgical paediatrics.


Gisborne, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is the first city in the world to see the sun each day.

They are set in an area well known for its relaxed lifestyle, fabulous beaches, ready access to all outdoor pursuits, high sunshine hours and internationally renowned wines.

Tairawhiti is the Maori name for the district, and means “the coast upon which the sun shines across the water.”

Gisborne has many cafes and restaurants serving local products as well as some of the best New Zealand wine. The Tairawhiti district is a melting pot of cultures which provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially. The district’s residents love the easy access to many outdoor pursuits including hunting, fishing, mountain biking and tramping.

Heading north up the coast for weekend camping is a popular and relaxing way to experience the North Island’s beautiful east coast. Its white-sand beaches are treasured and enjoyed by all – but such is the remote nature of many that you could find yourself virtually alone along great stretches of coast.

Gisborne’s infrastructure ensures freight and commuting between other main centres is well catered for. Daily flights and bus connections join a rail freight service catering to a busy port for overseas shipping and local fishing indistrustries.

Our neighbouring regions are Hawke’s Bay to the south and the Bay of Plenty to the north west.

The Gisborne district (population 45,000 with about 30,000 residing in the city) generally has warm summers and mild winters. Gisborne is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with average yearly sunshine of around 2200 hours.