National Equestrian Centre (Taupo) 

Giblin Group worked closely with the NEC (Taupo) team on the development of a Feasibility Study which included a funding plan for securing the balance of funds required for the $1.7M project. Giblin Group also assisted with the preparation of a Lottery Community Facilities Fund application, which was successful in late 2015, securing $450,000 towards the project.  

The National Equestrian Centre (NEC), established in 1975, is owned by Equestrian Sports NZ (ESNZ) and is the only equestrian facility in the North Island that caters for all ESNZ disciplines in one location. New Zealand is highly regarded for its consistency in producing internationally ranked riders, such as Sir Mark Todd, Helen Tompkins, Jonathan Paget, Andrew Nicholson and Sally Clarke, who all had their start at the Centre.  

ESNZ has closed the gap to the podium through relocating their eventing programme to the United Kingdom.  There is now a strong focus on bridging the gap between the New Zealand and the United Kingdom performance programmes to ensure that this success is sustained.  A world-class training facility with an international standard surface will allow New Zealand to continue to develop high performance athletes at home.

The redevelopment of the NEC is over three phases, with phase one already complete. Phase two will see the completion of an indoor arena which will satisfy the regional and national needs of the equestrian community, as well as providing Taupo District with a much needed larger indoor facility for community events.

Sport New Zealand engaged Giblin Group in January 2014 to undertake a Feasibility Study for the proposed development, as well as a Lotteries funding application to the Department of Internal Affairs.

Giblin Group worked closely with the NEC (Taupo) team on the development of a Feasibility Study which included a funding plan for securing the balance of funds required for the $1.7M project. Giblin Group also assisted with the preparation of a Lottery Community Facilities Fund application, which was successful in late 2015, securing $450,000 towards the project.  

“We had a very good relationship with the Giblin Group when they were engaged to do the Feasibility Study, for our project. They completed the task in a timely manner, with a great eye for detail,” says Wallie Niederer, NEC Convenor.

“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 Chief Executive

“Giblin Group’s work on the Better Business Case process contributed to the development of a compelling piece of work. This project has created a considerable step change framework for the future of our City.”

Gary Poole - Tauranga City Council Chief Executive

“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