Startup Weekend Tairāwhiti is an annual weekend long event where entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, passionate people and creative thinkers come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Next Startup Weekend Tairāwhiti will be in 2024, watch this space for updates.

Watch the video below to see what it's all about!

Startup Weekend Tairāwhiti is part of a network of Techstars Startup Weekends that are held all across the motu and in 150 countries worldwide. 

Startup Weekend Tairāwhiti 2023: Imagine If...

21-23 April 2023 | Campion College | Gisborne

Startup Weekend Tairāwhiti was back for a fifth time and was all about stretching your imagination to create positive impact in our communities and region. It was a powerful weekend of collaboration with 35 participants working on 6 startup ideas.

About our Tohu


“Ma nehe Māui to tira haere i a Hineraumaukuuku

Kaikarangaranga i te po, i te ao

Te ha to haemata te ia waiatarau kia korerotia nga taihukahuka o Tangaroa”

Hine-rau-ma-ukuuku was Māui’s wife. She is represented in a carved pou on Hikurangi maunga. She is the only carving facing outward while all of the the pou face inward towards Māui. Hineraumaukuuku has the responsibility of kaikaranga (the voice of welcome) to Tama-nui-te-rā (the sun) every morning and to all manuhiri (visitors). 

She welcomes the new dawn each morning. She represents the now and the future, opportunities and possibilities. The ideology to imagine, create and innovate. 

She welcomes manuhiri through karanga, from the past, present and future. Manuhiri may arrive as strangers, but they leave as friends and kindred spirits, enriched by their experience of connecting with like-minded people.