BETTER DECISION MAKING
Turning challenges into opportunities through evidence-based solutions
We work with the public sector to bring focus and help solve problems, ensuring decision makers can concentrate on providing what’s best for their communities. Simply put, we see every challenge as an opportunity, and we thrive on the tough stuff.
WHAT WE DO
We are trusted advisors who take the approach that nothing is impossible. Our focus is, and has always been, on improving places for people by helping public sector organisations make well-informed investment decisions. Whether it's infrastructure, strategy or support, it’s about creating a better world by improving the places we live, work and play.
We have a great team and offer a continuum of services – from early evidence gathering and direction setting right through to the development of business cases and the delivery of key strategic documents. All stages in the continuum are about adding more depth and clarity to an investment proposal or strategic objective.
EXPERTS OUR PEOPLE
Our people are our biggest asset and the foundation of our success. Rationale has a highly skilled team with a wide range of experience and expertise. We are the sum of our parts and consistently look to attract the best people in New Zealand to ensure we can offer our clients a service that is second to none.OUR PEOPLE
CONSISTENT CONDITION DATA COLLECTION
CLIENT: Te Ringa Maimoa
DATE: 2021 - 2023
STATUS: Waka Kotahi has approved 100% funding of the $18.5 million needed for national delivery.
SUPPORT THROUGH THREE WATERS UNCERTAINTY
CLIENT: Multiple Councils
MACKENZIE DISTRICT PLAN REVIEW
CLIENT: Mackenzie District Council
DATE: 2022 - Ongoing
STATUS: Stages one and two complete, stage three and four underway
TE MANAWATAKI O TE PAPA
CLIENT: Tauranga City Council
STATUS: Investment of $306.3 million was approved by Tauranga City Council in June 2023.
VINCENT SPATIAL PLAN
CLIENT: Central Otago District Council
DATE: 2021 - 2022
STATUS: Directly informing a Council-led plan change for the area
WEST COAST COMBINED TRANSPORT PLANNING
CLIENTS: Westland District Council, Grey District Council, Buller District Council
STATUS: Directly contributed to increased transport funding for the West Coast
MACKENZIE SPATIAL PLANS
CLIENT: Mackenzie District Council
STATUS: Directly informing a review of the Mackenzie District Plan
THREE WATERS REFORM PLANNING BUSINESS CASE
CLIENT: Dunedin City Council
DATE: 2020 - 2021
STATUS: Business Case currently being implemented
QUEENSTOWN TOWN CENTRE MASTERPLAN
CLIENT: Queenstown Lakes District Council
DATE: 2017 - 2018
STATUS: Directly used to help unlock around $300 million of Central Government investment
KOPU MARINE PRECINCT BUSINESS CASE
CLIENT: Thames Coromandel District Council
STATUS: Facilitated $8.2 million in Central Government funding
CORPORATE SERVICES FEASIBILITY STUDY
CLIENT: Social Wellbeing Agency
STATUS: Provided justification to invest in future state
OUR COMPANY WHAT DRIVES US
Established in 1999 by Edward Guy, Rationale has offices in Wellington, Arrowtown and Dunedin. While we continue in the infrastructure space, the work Rationale does is constantly evolving and almost always involves solving tricky problems. We are an independent advisory company that helps public sector and business leaders make well-informed infrastructure and investment decisions.READ MORE
JOIN OUR TEAM CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The work we do is always changing, innovating and challenging. We have a strong team with an unrivalled culture, both inside and outside of the office. If you’re the kind of person who loves solving wicked problems and enjoys getting stuck into the tough stuff, both professionally and personally, then we’d love to hear from you.JOIN OUR TEAM
NEWS WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO
Introducing Chris French04/03/2024 | Jimmy
Chris French is somewhat of a legend in the public sector consulting industry, so we were delighted to bring him into the Rationale whanau in January this year.
Happy Holidays!20/12/2023 | Jimmy
It’s been another big year, with some significant milestones for us as a business and for members of the Rationale whanau.
Bridging the gap22/11/2023 | Jimmy
Through our work with both local and central government organisations, we are increasingly seeing significant gaps between the two sectors, with impacts being felt across the country.
Wellington Corporate Challenge17/11/2023 |
Rationale’s youth division (Lucy, Connor and Daniel) put in the mahi and had a great time out pounding the pavements at the Wellington Corporate Challenge.
Supporting Councils through three waters uncertainty27/10/2023 | Jimmy
Our team are working with several local authorities to address significant uncertainty across the three waters sector.
Partnering for Sustainability01/08/2023 | Jimmy
Rationale has recently partnered with a platform called CarbonInvoice to analyse our yearly accounts and understand what our carbon footprint is.
Local government’s role in wellbeing01/02/2023 | Jimmy
Of the three local government reforms currently underway, the Review into the Future for Local Government is less advanced, however front of mind for many within the sector.
Merry Christmas16/12/2022 | Jimmy
Much like our clients, we’ve had a massive year at Rationale!
Meet Daniel Pienaar28/10/2022 | Jimmy
Joining the Rationale team in September, Daniel Pienaar has made the move from South Africa and is now based out of our Wellington office.
Three Waters National Transition Unit27/07/2022 | Jimmy
Rationale are delighted to have been selected to assist the DIA through the Three Waters National Transitioning Unit and Local Transitioning Teams.
Replanting Arrowtown’s Backcountry08/07/2022 | Jimmy
The Rationale team spends a lot of time in the hills behind Arrowtown, so it made perfect sense to support the Arrowtown Choppers' ambitious goal of planting 18,000 native trees over the next three years.
Growing our Wellington Presence01/06/2022 | Jimmy
We have long had a presence in the capital, based out of our central Wellington offices on Woodward Street. Recently, we have taken a more focussed approach.
Rationale and Te Kākano take on the Wetlands22/04/2022 | Helen
Rationale gets their hands dirty – a day in the Wetlands to restore native habitat with Te Kākano.
Christmas in Fiordland07/01/2022 | Helen
The team were 100% ready for the 2021 Christmas Outing and a mission into the depths of Fiordlands for three days in the majestic Doubtful Sounds.
What we do18/11/2021 | Jimmy
‘So what do you do at work?’ It’s a question we often get asked, and it can be quite challenging to answer in a couple of sentences.
Mackenzie Spatial Plans01/09/2021 | Henry
The Mackenzie Spatial Plans were created to understand how this growth and development can be sustainably managed, charting a path that sets the direction for the next 30 years and beyond.
Earnslaw Burn Classic 202117/05/2021 | Jimmy
The team at Rationale have never been shy of a mission or two, and with the wait for the ski season starting to drag on, we decided it was time to lace up the trail shoes and head off for a run into the hills.
Emily takes out the top spot at IPWEA07/12/2020 | Henry
At this year’s IPWEA conference Rationale Infrastructure Advisor and key team member, Emily Gualter, was awarded the best under 35 presenter for her speech on the Art of Decision Making.
Shovel Ready Funding for Kōpū19/08/2020 | Henry
Thames Coromandel District Council is set to benefit from significant government shovel ready investment, with the announcement that the Kōpū Marine and Business Precinct is to receive $8.2 million in funding.
Clyde community wins big through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund16/01/2020 | Henry
The Clyde community has had a big win through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF), with the announcement in December of $365,000 in TIF funding.
2019 in review - life outside of the office18/12/2019 | Jimmy
There’s no getting around the fact that the work we do is often tricky. 2019 has been another big year for the team at Rationale.
Cromwell ‘Eye to the Future' Masterplan Progressing Well27/09/2019 | Henry
Work on the Cromwell ‘Eye to the Future’ Masterplan has entered an important phase, with the community being asked to provide feedback on the potential future options for their town and surrounding areas.
Infrastructure and the Living Standards Framework06/06/2019 | Henry
Infrastructure is critical to ensuring our living conditions continue to improve and are a key factor in understanding the wellbeing of our communities.
The importance of good engagement10/05/2019 | Henry
Contrary to popular belief – PR and the media aren’t at war with one another.
Bikes, Skis and Tools - Andy and Tim Take on Mount Aspiring29/04/2019 | Henry
Mt Aspiring is a proper mountaineer’s mountain. From any angle it is steep, pointy and prominent. It is also reasonably remote.
Making the case for infrastructure investment - Kōpū Marine Precinct14/03/2019 | Henry
Rationale is currently working alongside Thames-Coromandel District Council, assisting in the development a detailed business case for the Kōpū Marine Precinct.
Waitaki Water Supply Pipeline15/10/2018 | Henry
Last month Rationale’s David Somerville and Edward Guy were delighted to be invited to attend the opening of the brand new $6.7 million, 34km Oamaru to Hampden Water Supply Pipeline.
Peak to Peak Race13/08/2018 | Henry
Saturday 11 August saw the Rationale Team in the 25th running of the annual Peak to Peak multisport race in Queenstown.
Boosting our Communications Capability – Jimmy Sygrove Joins Rationale01/08/2018 | Henry
Rationale recently welcomed Infrastructure Advisor Jimmy Sygrove to the team, a communications specialist with over a decade’s experience in the private and public sectors.
Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan recognised by the IPWEA20/07/2018 | Henry
Rationale and client Queenstown Lakes District Council have received an industry award for excellence from IPWEA New Zealand.
Rationale’s Interdependence Day09/07/2018 | Henry
While our American friends might celebrate the 4th of July as Independence Day, for Rationale it marked the first time night skiing was held up Coronet Peak for the 2018 winter.
A Move to a Social Market Approach25/06/2018 | Henry
We have a situation where house prices are so high the idea of home ownership is simply out of reach to a considerable number of people.