Te Awamutu Discovery Centre

For significant community infrastructure projects, Giblin Group has prepared business cases following the Treasury Better Business Case model used by central government and local government as best practice.

The Better Business Case methodology has a primary objective of enabling smart investment decisions for public value. A case in point is the Te Awamutu Discovery Centre. Giblin Group was contracted to undertake a Single Stage Complex Better Business Case to evaluate the proposal to build a new Discovery Centre in the Te Awamutu town hub.

What’s interesting in this detailed process are the outcomes produced against the criteria. For example, the need for a new museum had been talked about for many years, but the business case systematically considered the options and what would be best for the community. The outcome from this was not a stand-alone museum, but a purpose-built multi-use facility, that acts as a social focal point for the community, drawing people in and connecting them with the history and heritage of the district.

The facility would deliver core museum services, function as an i-SITE and include an interactive discovery zone that focuses on key themes around the settlement of Waipa District. This interactive zone would include how the natural environment influenced settlement in the district, early Māori settlement including Hingakaka – arguably the largest intertribal battle in NZ, European settlement, a strong focus on the Waikato Land Wars, as many of the sites lie within the District, and Waipa today.

This structure clearly demonstrates if and how the best needs of the community will be served through each stage of the business case. Beginning with the case for investment and strategic fit of the proposal, significant stakeholder engagement is undertaken within a context of local, regional and national planning. The business case model then examines the economic, commercial, financial and management cases for the proposal, information that is essential to support applications to large government funds.

Having expertise in these areas is critical to understanding and building the business case. Giblin Group has developed its own methodology for fundraising or capital raising for significant infrastructure projects over the past decade. This is tried and true and is reflected in its Better Business Case work.

The Te Awamutu Discovery Centre is now confirmed as part of the Long-Term Plan 2018-28 for Waipa District and the Business Case will be able to form the foundation for major funding applications, particularly within the central government sector, including the Provincial Growth Fund, if they choose to apply for that.

Since 2011 I have worked with Jenni and Christine on a number of highly successful fundraising initiatives in support of the Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment Project. With their help and expertise, we have raised more than $28.8m from central government and Lottery sources. The Giblin Group are a pleasure to work with and have provided great advice on many occasions concerning communications and public engagement. I can certainly recommend their services.

Greg Anderson, Director, Sarjeant Gallery

Giblin Group supported Blue Oyster with developing a robust Revenue Generation Strategy that took into account the specific needs of our organisation and activity. Jenni and Jess offered substantial advice and support in, not only establishing this strategy but giving us helpful tools for implementation and always prioritised sustainability throughout. Their enthusiasm for our space and activity was truly felt and appreciated – our relationship with them will be nourished and valued well into the future.

Grace Ryder, Gallery Director, Blue Oyster Gallery

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Jonty Hendry - General Manager, BATS Theatre

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Barbara McKerrow - Former CEO New Plymouth District Council

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Kritzo Venter, Senior Stormwater Engineer, Wanganui District Council

“The work that the Giblin Group completed, in collaboration with our staff, was instrumental in the success the project has had in securing significant funding to this key City initiative. In particular we have found the experience of the Giblin Group to been invaluable in seeking funding from a variety of sources in an increasingly challenging environment.”

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