Yarrow Stadium

Taranaki wins with the Yarrow Stadium Refurbishment and Repair Project

In Taranaki, the Yarrow Stadium upgrade will allow the iconic venue to be back in operation as soon as possible. The project will create 150 jobs and result in reinstatement of the Stadium’s facilities, where so much of Taranaki’s recreation, sporting and collective community life has taken place.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. We are thrilled it has now gained support of $20 million from the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

The Prime Minister said, “projects like sports facilities, pools and libraries unite communities and supporting them is a win-win for regional economies and social wellbeing.” We totally agree!

Yarrow stadium news shook the community

Yarrow Stadium is Taranaki Region’s premier sporting with a long history of serving the Taranaki community. As a venue, the Stadium hosts a wide range of events including conferences, exhibitions, corporate functions, family celebrations and community activities. The facility plays a pivotal role in the region’s economic and social wellbeing. 

The news in 2017/2018 that both grandstands in the Yarrow Stadium were earthquake-prone dismayed the Taranaki community, particularly the sporting community.

The adopted repair and refurbishment project has a total budget of $50M. The work entails the repair and earthquake strengthening of the Yarrow Stadium grandstands. It will update services and equipment to bring the Stadium up to a modern standard. This project aims for a balance between reinstatement and exciting enhancements for the community.

Giblin Group’s feasibility study was one of the first steps

Giblin Group was engaged to undertake a Feasibility Study. We first reviewed the rationale for undertaking the proposed project. We assessed the project issues, needs and opportunities, community and stakeholder engagement, project development and planning, the likely community benefits, and financial and funding feasibility of the proposal.

Our report concluded that the Stadium is an important catalyst for building social capital and economic development in the region.

We found that the reinstated Stadium will:

  • Provide greater capacity and improved facility amenity, enabling more people of all ages and stages to participate in varied sporting and non-sporting activities;
  • Cater to the needs of users by providing amenities, meeting rooms and community space for them to deliver the services required by their members and the public;
  • Enable more community groups to make use of the venue for meetings, workshops and events;
  • Allow for greater spectator participation and enjoyment;
  • Enable regional, national and international events to take place in Taranaki once again.

Funding success helps Yarrow Stadium and ratepayers

To help realise the full benefit of the project, and lessen the burden on ratepayers, Giblin Group developed a Revenue Generation Strategy and prepared government funding applications. 
This work identified the external funding opportunities (both regional and national) potentially available to support the project. Success with funding applications enabled the project to get external support.

In the funding application, we highlighted the compelling community need for the reinstatement of Yarrow Stadium as a fully functioning sports and events centre. It is the only venue of its kind and capacity in the Taranaki region. Repair and upgrade of the existing facility is much preferable to building a new facility, which was costed between $167M and $271M.

The community needs an upgraded facility to improve its support and technical systems for existing users. This would also offer other sporting and non-sporting events a venue for their activities.

Yarrow Stadium puts passion and potential at the heart of the community.

The potential of the project excited everyone involved. It is an important regional facility which holds a central place in the community’s heart. The reinstated Stadium will provide facilities that will build the future of sport at a community, regional and national level. It will also provide local organisations with affordable and accessible, high-quality facilities.

Building on the existing facility will mean enhanced delivery of competitions, more capability for school programmes and youth development to grow and support sports, and better capacity to meet local demand from Taranaki’s growing population of businesses, schools and community groups.

What’s your version of the Yarrow Stadium project?

Every community deserves hubs that help them to become more vibrant. Giblin Group has enjoyed helping galleries, museums, theatres, stadiums and skateparks contribute to the wellbeing and richness of our communities.  If you have a project that you think might bring people together, please get in touch. 

We know a stronger New Zealand will be built on stronger communities throughout the country, especially in our heartland. We have a vision of vibrant communities and economic success stories. This is the renaissance of regional New Zealand. It is the vision that drives us on every project we handle.

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