Poutiri Ao ō Tāne

Collaborative ecological and social restoration programme brings back its beating heart to community

Creating an exceptional environment is part of a thriving community. Poutiri Ao ō Tāne – Embracing the Sacred Knowledge of Tāne (Poutiri) is a bold project for the future of conservation in Hawke’s Bay. It is a collaborative ecological and social restoration programme on the Maungaharuru-Tutira catchment that will generate significant ecological benefits for Hawke’s Bay.

It is a project that Giblin Group really care about, and are delighted to be part of the process by working on a Revenue Generation Strategy and a Community Engagement Strategy.

The Revenue Generation Strategy takes the perspective of looking at the big picture, identifying a range of diverse funding streams, and establishing a tailored strategy to coordinate and secure revenue for the project. It is built on four key components, each critical to the overall success of the Poutiri project. These are community engagement, corporate sponsorship, trust funding (community, private, gaming) and community fundraising.

By the nature of the project, the key to its success is ensuring the community take ownership of Poutiri. Without meaningful community engagement, corporate sponsors cannot leverage benefits, and gaming and private trusts will not meet their mandate through funding the project.

The Poutiri project endeavours to reach across and provide value to all of the community from the school student who is learning about the environment to companies who are aware of their social and community responsibility; from the dedicated conservationist to the community volunteer, who wants to contribute to the community in some way. Similarly, the Revenue Generation Strategy takes the same approach of reaching across the community, and looks to coordinate and connect across multiple revenue sources to maximise all opportunities to fund the Poutiri project.

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 Funding 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

“As our thinking evolved, Giblin Group showed a steady commitment to deepen their understanding of our needs. We always looked forward to our coaching sessions which were stimulating and inspiring. Jess and Jenni became valued colleagues that supported and provoked thinking with rigour and generosity. They’re now not only valuable advocates for BATS but part of our whānau.”

Jonty Hendry - General Manager, BATS Theatre

“Jenni did a fantastic job in helping us to secure critical partnerships and funding support for our internationally significant Len Lye Centre project – what’s more we really enjoyed working with her.”

Barbara McKerrow - Former CEO New Plymouth District Council

“Giblin Group’s knowledge of government practices and procedures on a national and local level is invaluable, and I often find that they are well connected with staff and officials on all levels of Government. Giblin Group scopes their assignments well, provides accurate cost estimates for their services, delivers within the agreed timeframes and always deliver excellent quality work – no project manager can really ask for more!”

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.”

Lance Vervoort, General Manager – Community, Hamilton City Council