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There's always a lot going on at Rationale, below is a round up of our latest projects, accomplishments, insights and adventures.

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Introducing Chris French

04/03/2024

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.

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Happy Holidays!

20/12/2023

It’s been another big year, with some significant milestones for us as a business and for members of the Rationale whanau.

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Bridging the gap

22/11/2023

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.

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Wellington Corporate Challenge

17/11/2023

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.

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Supporting Councils through three waters uncertainty

27/10/2023

Our team are working with several local authorities to address significant uncertainty across the three waters sector.

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Partnering for Sustainability

01/08/2023

Rationale has recently partnered with a platform called CarbonInvoice to analyse our yearly accounts and understand what our carbon footprint is. 

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Local government’s role in wellbeing

01/02/2023

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.

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Merry Christmas

16/12/2022

Much like our clients, we’ve had a massive year at Rationale!

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Meet Daniel Pienaar

28/10/2022

Joining the Rationale team in September, Daniel Pienaar has made the move from South Africa and is now based out of our Wellington office.

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Three Waters National Transition Unit

27/07/2022

Rationale are delighted to have been selected to assist the DIA through the Three Waters National Transitioning Unit and Local Transitioning Teams.

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Replanting Arrowtown’s Backcountry

08/07/2022

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.

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Growing our Wellington Presence

01/06/2022

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.

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Rationale and Te Kākano take on the Wetlands

22/04/2022

Rationale gets their hands dirty – a day in the Wetlands to restore native habitat with Te Kākano.

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Christmas in Fiordland

07/01/2022

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.

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What we do

18/11/2021

‘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.

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Mackenzie Spatial Plans

01/09/2021

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.

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Earnslaw Burn Classic 2021

17/05/2021

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.

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Emily takes out the top spot at IPWEA

07/12/2020

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.

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Shovel Ready Funding for Kōpū

19/08/2020

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.

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A Message to Our Clients

25/03/2020

By the very nature of the work we do at Rationale, we’re able to turn our heads to complex problems at short notice, and we are well placed to help our clients and share the load.

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Clyde community wins big through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund

16/01/2020

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.

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2019 in review - life outside of the office

18/12/2019

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.

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Cromwell ‘Eye to the Future' Masterplan Progressing Well

27/09/2019

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.

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Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan

29/08/2019

The Queenstown Masterplan came about when under-investment in the town’s infrastructure collided with unprecedented and sustained population growth.

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H2OurHealth Pipeline Highly Commended

12/07/2019

The pipeline is the longest PVC-O pipeline in New Zealand’s history, and makes its way through challenging terrain including five significant waterways, such as the Waianakarua and Kakanui rivers.

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Infrastructure and the Living Standards Framework

06/06/2019

Infrastructure is critical to ensuring our living conditions continue to improve and are a key factor in understanding the wellbeing of our communities.

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The importance of good engagement

10/05/2019

Contrary to popular belief – PR and the media aren’t at war with one another.

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Bikes, Skis and Tools - Andy and Tim Take on Mount Aspiring

29/04/2019

Mt Aspiring is a proper mountaineer’s mountain. From any angle it is steep, pointy and prominent. It is also reasonably remote.

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Making the case for infrastructure investment - Kōpū Marine Precinct

14/03/2019

Rationale is currently working alongside Thames-Coromandel District Council, assisting in the development a detailed business case for the Kōpū Marine Precinct.

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Waitaki Water Supply Pipeline

15/10/2018

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.

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Peak to Peak Race

13/08/2018

Saturday 11 August saw the Rationale Team in the 25th running of the annual Peak to Peak multisport race in Queenstown.

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Boosting our Communications Capability – Jimmy Sygrove Joins Rationale

01/08/2018

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.

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Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan recognised by the IPWEA

20/07/2018

Rationale and client Queenstown Lakes District Council have received an industry award for excellence from IPWEA New Zealand.

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Rationale’s Interdependence Day

09/07/2018

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.

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A Move to a Social Market Approach

25/06/2018

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.

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Cromwell ‘Eye to the Future’ Masterplan

18/05/2018

Rationale is currently working with the Cromwell Community Board and Central Otago District Council to create a masterplan for Cromwell, aptly named Cromwell ‘Eye to the Future’ Masterplan.

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