Hamilton Gardens

From humble beginnings to a regional treasure

Part of a thriving community is about providing public spaces that people take joy in and enjoy being part of. The Hamilton Gardens has always been beautiful and considered one of Hamilton City’s most valued community assets.

The themed gardens and recreation areas, covering 46.5 hectares, are internationally recognized, winning the International Garden of the Year Award in 2015. The gardens offer a unique outdoor experience. The gardens are wholly owned and operated by the Hamilton City Council and attract more than one million people per year. They are consistently identified by Hamilton residents as a facility of which they are proud.

Since the development of the themed gardens started in earnest in the 1980s, trusts have been established to oversee the fundraising for each individual garden on a garden by garden basis. More than $6M has been raised across the 21 existing gardens. Council has committed to developing 12 more gardens over 10 years, at a total estimated cost of $7.033M.

Hamilton City Council engaged Giblin Group in June 2014 to undertake a Feasibility Study and develop a Revenue Generation Strategy for the proposed development of the new gardens and associated facilities over a ten year period.

Giblin Group worked with Hamilton City Council and Hamilton Gardens’ staff to produce the two documents, which underpinned the project’s funding applications. An application to the Lottery Grants Board: Significant Projects Fund secured $2.5M for the project and an application to Trust Waikato was granted $215,000.

Along with the implementation of a targeted Council rate, as at July 2015 Hamilton City Council had fundraised successfully to secure three-quarters of the total funding required for the first four gardens.

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 Revenue Generation 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