Hawke’s Bay Opera House

Theatre complex refurbishment reaches into the dreams and hearts of a community

A little girl, a pint sized ballerina is overawed with the grandness of the boxes, the opulent ceiling and walls as she waits in the wings before her end of year recital, tasting her ballerina dreams come to life. The lead violinist from our National Symphony never fails to be impressed with the acoustics. One grand art-nouveau inspired theatre has a multitude of intensely positive feelings and experiences from the young to the old, from Hastings to the wider community.

When it was discovered in 2004 that the Hawke’s Bay Opera House, this grand 90-year-old dame didn’t meet current earthquake standards and the complex was in need of significant redevelopment, Giblin Group with its heart in the community, was brought on board.

From the get-go Giblin Group knew that without the support of the community the project would never work. With a creative community communications and engagement strategy worked into the strategic $7.5M capital raising campaign, the first pillars of success were placed beneath the project.

For what seemed like an impossible amount of money to raise for a relatively small community, Giblin Group made it entirely possible by setting the bar high and really connecting into the community.

Giblin Group worked across a host of applications from central government funding, community trusts, gaming trusts, private trusts, other private authorities through to creating corporate partnership opportunities. The success of these capital-raising branches was not only the strategic approach but also Giblin Group’s innate relationship brokering skills.

“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