TRA Working Group

Tairāwhiti Residents Association is an incorporated society of members. The organisation is open to any resident in Tairāwhiti, all activities are run by volunteers and a smaller group act as a Working Group to help progress the kaupapa.

The inaugural Working Group includes the following individuals:


Rick Thorpe (Chair)

I spend my days working between the cheese factory, the dairy farm and our persimmon orchards. My wife Carol, and our three sons Elm, Luke and Daniel, as well as Kelly our daughter in-law, all work in different aspects of the business. We are blessed with three gorgeous mokopuna and the opportunity to live, work and play in our wonderful region, Tairawhiti.

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Peter Jackman (Treasurer)

Peter was born in Gisborne in 1950, and grew up in Tiniroto. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce at Lincoln College in 1974. Thirty-one years of sheep and beef farming followed at Tiniroto and Waerenga-o-kuri. Peter and Pip now has a small orchard, of Feijoas and Boysenberries, outside Gisborne. He is also a director of Waitaria Ltd, which is a large Citrus and Feijoa orchard on the Poverty Bay flats. He is also a director of Tairawhiti Phamaceuticals Ltd which produces Manuka oil and Manuka honey for export and dried leaf for domestic consumption. The company is based in Te Araroa.

Peter is the New Zealand Farm Forestry Assn representative on the Eastwoodhill Trust Board and is currently the chairperson. He has been a member of NZFFA for 36 years has previously been chairperson of the Gisborne-East Coast branch. Peter was chairperson of the Tiniroto and Waerenga-o-kuri School Boards of Trustees. He is a senior fire fighter in the Gisborne Volunteer Rural Fire Force and has been a member for 8 years. Peter has been involved with the Enterprise Swimming Club for 20years and is currently a referee.

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Nicole West

I grew up in Gisborne and am the Mother of three teenage sons.  I see their prosperity and growth entwined with our region and its ability to look to the future. I have two-part time positions: Coordinator for Tairawhiti Community Voice & Outreach Coordinator for Autism NZ.  I am also currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology).

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead

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Ian Graham

Born and bred Eastcoaster. I have spent some long periods outside the district but the more serious work years had been farming a 820ha Sheep, Beef and Deer operation just out of Ormond. Have lived in Gisborne city since 2004. Spent ten years as a Committee member, six years on the Executive and two of those years as President of the Poverty Bay A&P Association. Predominately now working from home, and other odd areas of responsibility.

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Ross Revington

Lived in Gisborne since 1982, partner in Woodward Chrisp Lawyers, age 62.

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Manu Caddie

Grew up in Tauranga, studied design in Wellington and moved to Gisborne in 1998 with Natasha Koia. Had various roles in the community organisations, private business and public service. Did four years as a District Councillor and moved to Makarika, just south of Ruatoria in 2015. We have two children aged 10 and 14.


Geoff Meade

I moved to Gisborne in 1977 and am now a portfolio worker living on and working the family orchard in partnership with my wife Raewyn. I began a business in Career Development in 1996 and continue with some contract work for ACC, Lytton High School and on behalf of companies in Wellington and Auckland. I am currently employed by Family Planning as a Health Promoter part-time. I have had an interest and involvement with local theatre on and off for many years. I have also had past involvement with the Chamber of Commerce and the Gisborne Underwater Club. I am married with four children and four grandchildren (and soon to be another.)

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