We understand the agricultural sector’s complexity and support improved decision making, from an individual property to industry-wide scale.

Horticulture, dairy, dry stock and arable systems are hugely valuable for New Zealand’s economy. We support productivity improvements through effective extension delivery. We have specialist skills in the agri-environment interface, with a focus on enhancing sustainability and resilience.

Here’s where we can make a difference 

  • Conduct extension and applied learning to improve sector production and resilience 
  • Train and mentor extension professionals across the arable, dairy, drystock and horticulture sectors
  • Support industry to develop whole systems approaches for farming within land use limits
  • Support agencies to develop policies underpinning sustainable land use

Projects we've worked on

Expanding DOC presence at Fieldays

Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC wanted to better understand the efficacy of its Fieldays site. This required cost-effective and efficient collection of information from dispersed DOC staff, partners and stakeholders.

Groundwork developed a survey and conducted a workshop for DOC and partners to maximise DOC presence and strengthen partner relationships at Fieldays 2020 and onwards.

Upskilling Zespri staff in extension, events and facilitation


Zespri’s Orchard Productivity Centre (OPC) team needed to develop extension to support kiwifruit growers (including designing and delivering high quality events for groups of various sizes and types), train staff to help facilitate larger events and foster good relationships, train external partners to run high quality events and extension programmes and build industry interest and provide training and support for grower-led discussion groups.

Groundwork trained and mentored the OPC team to improve their extension, facilitated three workshops with the OPC team to build an event design process/framework, developed an industry-oriented course on facilitation and design, empowering employees to be good facilitators even when not a topic expert, researched discussion groups and other models and identified key elements for industry discussion groups. This has resulted in more diverse extension methods and stronger learner engagement in OPC events. The OPC team’s capacity to lead events has grown, and they’re now recognised as leaders.

Contributing to the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora plan change development process

Waikato Regional Council and Waikato and Waipa River Iwi

The project partners wanted to engage the community in developing changes to the regional plan to help restore and protect the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Groundwork facilitated a series of community engagement workshops, and coached and mentored council staff involved in delivering the community engagement aspects of the collaborative process.