Training and experiential learning

Helping to build capacity and embed learning through doing

Following a thorough needs assessment of your organisation, Groundwork can help you and your team build capacity in facilitation methods, community engagement, consultation processes, participatory learning, effective extension and communications planning. Our team can help you adopt cloud-based tools and apps to streamline communication. We also provide mentoring services to support practitioners to strengthen and grow the delivery of their services.

Projects we've worked on

Developing the NZ Human Rights Strategy

Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission needed to consult extensively and consistently with the public to develop a national human rights action plan for New Zealand.

Groundwork helped receive input from over 5,000 people nationwide by training 15 Human Rights Commission staff in participatory appraisal consultation methods and supporting them during the consultation process. Groundwork also facilitated consultation with people in rural Waikato.

We found Groundwork’s services [to be] tailored to the client and the project. Friendly, innovative, flexible…[and] empowering – because Annie actually teaches people to share the knowledge and the tools.
Kathy Lys (formerly Human Rights Commission)

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.

Supporting large scale predator free initiatives

Predator Free NZ Trust

The Predator Free New Zealand Trust wanted to strengthen the predator free regional and subregional project network, and upskill community engagement and project coordinator staff working across diverse projects.

Groundwork trained lead community engagement providers from seven landscape scale restoration projects around New Zealand.