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Needs assessment and service coordination 

The primary point of contact for services for older adults is Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC). NASC services cover help to stay at home, support services for carers and entry into residential care. They can also link with other District Health Board (DHB) services and community based agencies.

The NASC contact for Tairawhiti is NASC Older Persons

Area includes: Gisborne, Hicks Bay, Matawai, Ruatoria, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay



Phone: 06 869 0558

Address: NASC Older Persons, Private Bag 7001, Gisborne 4040

Other useful contacts

  • Meals on Wheels: Home-delivered food service to the Gisborne area is co-ordinated by Age Concern, phone 06 867 6533 or email
  • Other meal providers: Black Fig, / 021 853 794 - offer frozen meals. Gisborne Good Food 021 702 222
  • District nursing: The District Nursing Service() provides assessment and treatment for clients in the community. 
  • Shuttle services: The Sunshine Bus service is a registered charitable trust. Volunteers provide wheelchair accessible transport for elderly and disabled, with a focus on supporting independence. Sunshine Bus: phone 06 867 2905 or Office hours 8am-noon, 389 Gladstone Road, Gisborne.