The region has rich alluvial river flats which, combined with the temperate climate, make it an ideal location for the growing of different horticultural crops. Kiwifruit, grape growing and winemaking are particular strengths, as well as a strong vegetable and crop sector, and associated processing and packaging operations for the horticultural industry as a whole.
Gisborne’s growing forestry harvests and its cereal and maize-seed industries create strong investment opportunities.
- Growing forestry harvests
- Strong agricultural output
- Cost-competitive land and salaries
- Increasing exports
Areas of opportunity
A booming forestry industry
Overseas exports from Gisborne City’s Eastland Port have grown from 480,000 tonnes in 2003 to a record 2.3 million tonnes in 2015, mainly due to increasing log exports from the region’s plantation forests. The forestry industry’s growth is creating further potential for wood processors to invest close to supply sources.
Growing agricultural output
Tairāwhiti-Gisborne is a major pastoral farming and horticultural centre. There are attractive opportunities to capitalise on these sectors through additional investment.
Low-cost, high-potential food processing
Tairāwhiti-Gisborne’s strong supply of livestock and horticultural commodities, combined with the availability of cost-competitive commercial and industrial land, makes it an attractive location for food and beverage manufacturing and processing.
Who to contact
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Eastland Community Trust (ECT)
The first point of contact for investors in the Gisborne region is Eastland Community Trust. The Trust's role is to assist in the development of a more positive, prosperous and attractive community in the Gisborne region.
For more information and help in the region, contact ECT.