In 1988, Gisborne Counterstroke was formed, headed by a president and a field officer and a few volunteers. In 1991 the name was changed to Gisborne Stroke Support Group and it became an Incorporated Society with charitable status in 1993.

In July 2013, the NZ Stroke Foundation became a single National organisation after operating as a federation of five separate bodies, of which we were affiliated to the Midlands region. After the amalgamation, Gisborne Stroke Support Group Incorporated   chose to remain autonomous.

The Tairawhiti region is unique in the service that it provides to town and rural clients, which throughout the service history has provided wraparound support. The Stroke Community Co-ordinator has consistently been involved with facilitating the programs to give clients continuity of care, monitoring of goal achievement, and regular contact. By providing this type of service people feel safe and supported, for the organisation it allows the Stroke Community Coordinator to reach a larger volume of people each week.

Our service covers an area from the East Cape in the North and the Wharerata Ranges in the South.

2020 the name was changed from Gisborne Stroke Support Group inc. to Stroke Tairawhiti inc to include the East Coast area that we service.


We are proud to continue this service to stroke survivors and their caregivers in our community.


Our governance consists of a strong board with the right balance of skills and experience, that understands its responsibilities and acts in the organisations best interest for the stakeholders. Board members have a range of skills to ensure the organisation is sustainable, is transparent and adopts sound ethical and legal governance.


President                                      Jan Ewart

Administration                              Tracy Bacon

Stroke Community Advisor

Michael Muir


Graham & Dobson
Caroline Callow


Stroke Tairawhiti Incorporated is a registered charity - CC23115.

Full details can be found on the Charities Services website or download our annual report here.

2019 Stroke Community Coordinator's Report

2019 Financial Accounts

Stroke Community Coordinator

Stroke Tairawhiti employ a Stroke Community Coordinator to carry out our contractual obligation to the Tairawhiti District Health (TDH). This contract includes supporting stroke survivors and their families, facilitate programs, public and individual education, networking to maintain community and professional links, and lead people through change. The community coordinator works closely with the Tairawhiti Hauora Hospital to ensure good outcomes for the stroke community. 


Our funding comes from the generosity of local funders, lotteries, Tairawhiti District Health contract (for information and advocacy only), subscriptions, donations and fundraising. All money received goes back into the stroke and disability community.


We are most grateful for sponsorship and funding from the following sponsors​

  • Esme & Tom Tombleson Charitable Trust

  • Mangatawa Beale Williams Memorial Trust

  • Rehabilitation Welfare Trust

  • Trust Tairawhiti

  • The Gisborne Herald

  • Eastern & Central Community Trust

  • ANZ Staff Foundation

  • Sunrise Foundation

  • Farmlands

  • COGS

  • Lotteries

  • New Zealand Community Trust

  • Gear Meat

  • Eastland Tyres


We have partnerships with:

  • A fitness instructor who delivers a fitness program, and we contract to deliver weekly classes. 

  • Graham and Dobson, Charted Accountants, who successfully manage the finances for the organisation and provide guidance to maintain sustainability.

  • Tairawhiti District Health whom we have a contract with to provide  Disability Information Advice and Advocacy.  

  • YMCA to provide strength and balance classes 

  • Sunrise foundation who markets our service with the aim to further our future sustainable fundraising.

  • A number of volunteers assist us in a variety of ways, including mentoring, program support, fundraising, marketing, and technological support.

  • The Sunshine Service Incorporated -
    pre-booked door-to-door bus service for disabled older persons.

sponsors logo
Funders logo
graham dobson.png