Tauranga Civic Square

Tauranga’s regional renaissance is a chance to breathe new life into civic facilities

While many regions struggle to maintain their populations, Tauranga is experiencing a regional renaissance with a population explosion. While this is great for the economy it is struggling to keep up with significant growing pains because civic facilities haven’t been upgraded for many years.

Feeding into the Tauranga Civic Square project are weather-tightness, seismic and building services issues in some civic buildings. This in turn has impacted the productivity of the Tauranga City Council (TDC) due to the logistics of multisite operations.

These issues have presented the community with an opportunity to breathe new life into the heart of the city and provide fit-for-purpose facilities that will serve the people of the Bay of Plenty for generations to come. It will become the foundation of a stronger community.

Tauranga City Council engaged Giblin Group to provide a Funding Assessment of the facilities within the scope of the Civic Space Options Project. The Funding Assessment established which facilities lend themselves to external funding and provide an estimate of how much funding they may attract.

Giblin Group has significant experience in funding community infrastructure projects across New Zealand as well as a thorough understanding of the processes and political climate that shape a project’s journey to completion.

Talking with key stakeholders has been an essential part of the process. Workshopping with facility users enabled the “scope and scale” of the project to be realised. Giblin Group examined “external funding” opportunities for nine potential capital projects Council is investigating through the Civic Space Options Project. The report identified a mix of funding for each project and created a model that prioritised investment and development.

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