Community and stakeholder engagement
Connecting with and meaningfully involving communities and other stakeholders

Effectively engaging diverse audiences can be challenging. Understanding different worldviews and individual and organisational settings also means building trust with, and among the different stakeholders. Groundwork approaches span basic consultation (to set the scene) to in-depth engagement.

Our team can:

  • analyse the community and stakeholder setting 
  • design and deliver engagement methods, plans and strategies
  • manage engagement events
  • carry out on ground engagement with community and stakeholders
  • analyse, evaluate and report on engagement activities
  • conduct engagement training and leadership mentoring

Projects we've worked on

Supporting ecological trust establishment and community consultation

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT)

Groundwork played an integral role in establishing and developing MEIT, working with them to clarify objectives, develop functions and integrate participatory methods into their work. MEIT needed an efficient, effective, low cost way to consult a wide range of stakeholders on its plan for New Zealand’s largest predator proof sanctuary.

Groundwork led a year long engagement programme to establish community partnerships. This included training local volunteers in facilitation to minimise costs and completing a massive community consultation exercise in a relatively short time.

We’ve used and referred back to that work continuously since it was done…Whenever we’ve looked at another step forward we’ve gone back and checked over whatever people’s views were at the time and made sure we’ve stayed in line with those views – so the work’s been very valid right up until the present.
Jim Mylchreest, MEIT

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.