Tiritiri Matangi Island Sanctuary

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a wildlife sanctuary 30km northeast of central Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf. It’s one of New Zealand’s most important and exciting conservation projects. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most successful community-led conservation projects in the world.

In the 1980s, Tiritiri Matangi was an innovative conservation model. It boldly to created an island sanctuary for endangered species with support by volunteers and open access for the public. It has been extraordinarily successful. Now, Tiritiri Matangi welcomes over 30,000 visitors each year.

The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi engaged Giblin Group to conduct a Feasibility Study including a High-Level Funding Scope for two new capital projects.

The proposed projects are to build a new Field Centre with accommodation for visitors, researchers and staff; and to construct a replica signal mast, to replace the original, which stood near the lighthouse on the Island.

The Feasibility Study found that the projects will have many positive impacts on the community – not least, preserving heritage for present and future generations. The projects will also help social and cultural participation and wellbeing, potential economic activity through tourism, and environmental enhancement.

Tiritiri Matangi has a history of innovation, entrepreneurial activity and has led the way in community conservation activities. The new projects will continue the development of the Island as a key visitor destination while remaining an environmental sanctuary. 

The 1600-members of Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi are devoted to restoring both the natural heritage and the maritime heritage of the Island. We’ve been delighted to help them with this.

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