Kapiti Island Project

Revenue Generation Strategy will create world-class tourism on Kapiti Island

The Department of Conservation brought Giblin Group on board to create a Revenue Generation Strategy for the Kapiti Island Project. This is a project that really resonated with Giblin Group’s values – it aims to give the public a greater appreciation of the outstanding conservation asset that is Kapiti Island. Kapiti Island is an iconic landmark for all New Zealanders – for its physical presence, its historical significance and its premier role in conservation.

The roll-out of this project can be split into two strands; firstly, the creation of a world-class tourism operation on the Island, which will in turn attract greater numbers of visitors thereby increasing the profile of the Island; and secondly, education around the conservation programmes and activities that happen on the Island, in order to better inform visitors and enhance their appreciation and experience of Kapiti Island.

The Strategy that was created looked to coordinate and connect across multiple revenue sources to maximise all opportunities to fund the Kapiti Project. This looks at a coordinated approach of a substantial funding mix from corporate sponsorship, strategic partnerships with local government and other organisations, private trust funding, and community fundraising. These elements are built on pillars of authentic community engagement. The support and the backing of the local community are recognised as vital to the success of the 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