OUR PROJECTS TE MANAWATAKI O TE PAPA

CLIENT: Tauranga City Council
DATE: 2021-2023
STATUS: Investment of $306.3 million was approved by Tauranga City Council in June 2023.

Tauranga’s city centre was failing to deliver the social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits expected of the fifth largest city in New Zealand. Tauranga City Council realised the need to transform Tauranga’s city centre into a community, civic and cultural focal point that will meet its people’s needs and aspirations now, and in the future.

Three key problems had been identified that TCC was looking to address:

  1. Poor amenity and a disconnect between the natural and built environments reduce the ability of the city centre to attract locals, visitors and businesses.
  2. Failure to meet the growing demand for arts, culture, heritage and manaakitanga threatens the city centre’s ability to grow opportunities and prosper.
  3. A lack of visible identity and character reflecting the region’s people and place, which inhibits peoples’ connection and limits opportunities for the city’s stories to be told.

To address these problem TCC commissioned a business case to reconfirm the development of Te Manawataki o Te Papa – a new-build Library and Community Hub, civic whare, museum and exhibition centre on an integrated campus that pays respect to its historic and present-day environment.

WHAT DID WE DO?

Rationale was contracted by Tauranga City Council to provide strategic oversight and technical expertise in the development of a business case for Te Manawataki o Te Papa – a significant investment in community facilities that will become the vibrant cultural heart of Tauranga City. 

Working closely with TCC, the team developed a bespoke process and analytical tools which delivered evidence-based results clearly identifying the significance and multitude of social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits Te Manawataki o Te Papa will create for the city, its residents and the wider subregion. This required sourcing a range of evidential data that provided quality insights for the project. 

The work involved:

  • Validation and Evidence Sprint – review of investment history, as well as a validation and update of investment objectives, benefits mapping, and multi-criteria analysis optioneering tool.
  • Service Design Optioneering – facilitated workshops to define target markets, market segmentation, product differentiation, and ultimately, the optimal service model for each of the components of the cultural precinct.
  • Financial Modelling – development of a model to understand operating costs, lifecycle costs, revenue, and economic benefits.
  • Demand modelling – collection and modelling of visitation evidence from a range of different cultural precincts across the country to produce a demand forecast for the precinct. This was closely linked to, and informed, the financial model.
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WHAT WAS THE RESULT?

Investment of $306.3 million was approved by Tauranga City Council in June 2023.

Following extensive community engagement, Council committed to developing the civic precinct that will see Tauranga’s heart transformed into a vibrant community space, breathing new life into what will become a key cultural, heritage and economic driver for the region.

To be called Te Manawataki o Te Papa, the heartbeat of Te Papa, it will feature a community hub, civic whare (public meeting house), museum, and an exhibition gallery. The programme of work also includes upgrades to Baycourt and Tauranga Art Gallery, along with the landscaping of public spaces in the area.

The civic precinct will create a legacy for future generations, not only in terms of the community space this will provide, but also the footprint it will leave. TCC has committed to putting sustainability at the forefront of design, targeting a Six Green Star rating which reflects world leadership in sustainability. To achieve that aspiration, a mass timber hybrid structure has been adopted to minimise the buildings’ carbon impact and help create a better environment for the future.

Tauranga City Council has entered into a 12-year partnering agreement in 2018 with property development and investment company Willis Bond, to design and develop the buildings and grounds for Te Manawaki o Te Papa. Supporting the delivery of these developments is construction partner LT McGuinness.

LEARN MORE

Te Manawaki o Te Papa Business Case

Te Manawataki o Te Papa Home page (TCC Website)

The truly collaborative, creative and innovative style demonstrated by the team at Rationale was exceptional. They were a pleasure to work with, supportive, flexible and great communicators. The project team, senior management and Commissioners all participated in the journey, effectively navigating through some long-standing and complex issues. As leaders in business case development, Rationale provided both clarity and confidence that Council was investing in the best way forward to meet our communities needs and aspirations, now and in the future. Christine Jones, General Manager – Strategy, Growth and Governance, TCC
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