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© Copyright 2019

by Gisborne Stroke Support.


176 Cobden Street

Gisborne, 4010


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.

Michael Muir

Dr Intesar Malik

Miriam Swarbrick

Judy Livingston

Wendy Forrester

Graham & Dobson Accountants

Caroline Callow


Honorary medical advisor

Assistant treasurer

Stroke community advisor

Gisborne Stroke Support Group Incorporated is a registered charity - CC23115.

Full details can be found on the Charities Services website

or download our annual report here.


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

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About us


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.


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

Stroke Community Coordinator

Gisborne Stroke Support 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, lead people through change, represent Gisborne Stroke Support on TDH Board committees working toward stroke development, and attending stroke review clinics meeting new and existing clients. The community coordinator works closely with the TDH Stroke Rehabilitation team to ensure all stroke survivors needs are being met while in hospital and when discharged into the community.


We have partnerships with:

  • Two fitness instructors who deliver a fitness program, and contract them 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 to deliver disability information and advocacy to stroke affected people

  • Tairawhiti District Health provide training for our community coordinator, and work together in the decision-making process for the stroke community. 

  • Low Street Art Studio, providing collaboration to offer an Art Therapy program to stroke people. 

  • Sunrise foundation who market our service with the aim to further our future sustainable fund raising.

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

  • The Sunshine Service Incorporated - a prebooked door to door bus service for the diabled and older persons.

Photo & Video Disclaimer


Gisborne Stroke Support reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by Gisborne Stroke Support, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. Gisborne Stroke Support may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by Gisborne Stroke Support including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.


To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian.


A person attending a Gisborne Stroke Support event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organisers, and/or contact Gisborne Stroke Support at 176 Cobden Street Gisborne or PO Box 1117 Gisborne 4040, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. Gisborne Stroke Support will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence.


By participating in a Gisborne Stroke Support event or by failing to notify Gisborne Stroke Support, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by Gisborne Stroke Support, you are agreeing to release and indemnify Gisborne Stroke Support from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.


Any person or organisation not affiliated with Gisborne Stroke Support may not use, copy, alter or modify Gisborne Stroke Support photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorised person from Gisborne Stroke Support.