Rocket Lab

Wairoa’s rocket tourism kick starts potential local economic growth with a thriving community at its heart.

The establishment of a rocket launch site on the Mahia Peninsula by Rocket Lab was a catalyst for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council seeing a potential economic growth opportunity for the Wairoa District, and possibly for Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti/Gisborne regions as well.

As champions of New Zealand communities, Giblin Group was brought on board to undertake a project scope on the tourism opportunities presented by Rocket Lab testing and launching electron rockets.

Partnering with TRC Tourism, Giblin Group researched how this new space venture, the first of its kind in New Zealand, could help to build a thriving community with economic potential in Wairoa and surrounding areas.

For Wairoa it may mean one of the pillars to support a regional renaissance. A well-developed tourism offering will significantly benefit the Wairoa District through growth in employment and investment, improvement to the general economy and, as a consequence, enhanced social outcomes in an area of regional New Zealand, which has limited economic and social wellbeing outcomes.

Giblin Group believes we can be cautiously optimistic that once the rocket launches are underway and happening regularly, there will be significant business opportunities for the local Mahia/Wairoa communities and for their neighbours, Eastland and Hawke’s Bay, to leverage off the rocket launch events to expand or establish small business enterprises.

“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 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