Climate and sustainability
Our changing climate is impacting the sectors we work in.

There is an increasing need for industry, business, government and communities to adopt more sustainable practices and work together on adapting to change and building resilience.

Here’s where we can make a difference

  • Conduct research, mediation, strategic planning and community engagement for renewable energy providers
  • Develop behaviour change strategies in areas such as waste, climate change and air quality
  • Develop resources for agencies and service providers that support sustainable resource use
  • Facilitate collaborative processes that enable the development of research programmes and policy to underpin sound environmental management

Projects we've worked on

Improving NIWA’s freshwater and estuaries science programmes.

National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA)

With a number of their freshwater and estuaries projects finishing, NIWA wanted to confirm the focus of future projects by engaging stakeholders and collaborators.

Groundwork planned and facilitated a two day workshop, with a skilled team working intensively to deliver the workshop and report on findings.

Annie has the ability to read what’s going on and adapt as to what we should be doing during the workshop and meetings.
John Quinn, former Chief Scientist – Freshwater and Estuaries, NIWA

Managing a multi-stakeholder collaborative process to build National Science Challenge research projects

The New Zealand Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

The New Zealand Biological Heritage National Science Challenge needed to develop work plans for the initial projects outlined in their funding proposal.

Groundwork involved 140 scientists and stakeholders throughout New Zealand across six days of workshops, supported by cloud-based collaborative tools, to write the strategic focus and initial research programmes.

Informing change in effluent management practice


To support improved effluent management in Northland, DairyNZ needed to understand influences on farmer behaviour.

Groundwork developed a research plan, conducted interviews with farmers and project stakeholders and delivered the findings and recommendations in a report to inform DairyNZ strategy.