Winter 2020 assignments

Karen in currently focussed on providing intensive 1:1 and 1:Team rebuild support to Leaders in essential services and the Public Service.


Autumn 2020 assignments

Karen is currently assisting

  • Wairarapa District Health Board - Team development
  • Oranga Tamariki -  Service development
  • Te Puni Kokiri - Organisation strengthening

Recent projects have been be larger, ongoing capability building work to strengthen organisation performance over time.   A sample of this type of Karen's work appears below with accumulated experience in education, justice, Crown-Māori, not for profit and production settings.  

Beyond this Karen assists with a host of smaller engagements such as strategic planning processes, team away day, investigations, reviews, management coaching etc which are not listed here.

Project:  Developing capability to engage with Māori

Clients:  Crown Research agencies - Plant and Food Research,  AgResearch,   GNS

Year: 2015-2016

Role: Advisor/Facilitator

Description of responsibilities: Designing and delivering capability development initiatives to improve quality and relevance of science and research outcomes for Māori.

Project: Investor Capability Development

Client: MBIE  Science Investments

Year: 2015-6

Role: Advisor/Facilitator

Description of responsibilities:  Strengthening MBIE's implementation of the Vision Matauranga policy in contestable funds and National Science Challenges.


Project: Capability Development

Client: Māori Cancer Leadership NZ /  Hei Ahuru Mowai

Year: 2015

Role: Advisor/Facilitator

Description of responsibilities: Designing and delivering capability development conversations to improve strategic focus and Board infrastructure.

Project: Stakeholder Engagement Capability

Client: WorksafeNZ

Year: 2015

Role: Advisor, Executive Coach

Description of responsibilities: Assisting a new, and new to NZ, executive team move toward effective engagement with Māori stakeholders.


Project: Programme review and refresh

Client: The AgriWomens Development Trust

Year: 2015

Role: Programme designer

Description of responsibilities: Reviewing and refreshing the "Understanding Your Farming Business"  Programme aimed at equipping farming women with key skills, knowledge and confidence needed to take their place as critical farming partners.  Emphasis on change-making and communication skills.

Project: Improving Māori Outcomes

Project: Māori Economy Capability Building

Client: Science, Skills and Innovation Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Year: 2014/2015

Role: Facilitator/Trainer

Description of responsibilities: Development and delivery of training to build manager /staff buy-in and capability to understand developments in the modern Māori economy and engage more effectively with key Māori stakeholders.

Project: Doing Business with Māori

Client: Māori Economic Development Unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Year: 2013-14

Role: Facilitator/Trainer

Description of responsibilities: Development and delivery of training to build manager /staff buy-in and capability to understand developments in the modern Māori economy and egage more effectively with key Māori stakeholders.

Project: Improving Māori Outcomes

Client: The Treasury, NZ Government

Year: 2013-14

Role: Principal Advisor

Description of responsibilities: Developing the organisations capability to engage with Māori and Iwi.   Assisting the organisation identify it's opportunities, obligations and strategies to improve Māori living standard outcomes.

Project: Māori Business Growth 

Client: The ICEHOUSE, Business Growth Centre associate with Auckland University School of Business

Year: 2013-14

Role: Lead Facilitator

Description of responsibilities: Delivery of 2.5 day business strengthening programme for Māori Trusts and governance bodies around the motu.

Project: Engaging with Māori

Client: Industrial Research Ltd

Year: 2012

Role:  Facilitator

Description of responsibilities: Develop and deliver training to assist scientists and industry engagement professionals tune in to developments in the Māori economy and the fundamentals of successful engagement with iwi.

Project: Business/Relationships with Māori

Client: LINZ Land Information New Zealand Toitu Te Whenua

Year: 2011-2013

Role: Project leader

Description of responsibilities: Propose ways forward in the organisations relationships with Māori. Build capability and improved organisation responses to customers and  stakeholders. Manager coach.

Project: Business Strengthening - State Services Commission

Client: Employment Relations and Workforce Strategy Team; Strategy and Performance Team

Client: Business Strengthening

Year: 2013

Role: Facilitator

Description of responsibilities: Design and delivery of team conversations to strengthen performance.

Project: Professional Supervision ongoing

Client: Papatoetoe South School

Year: 2011-12

Role:  Supervisor

Description of responsibilities: Provide ongoing supervision services to members of the senior management team as a forum of reflective practice, personal insight and development of new thinking to lift organisation performance and student achievement.

Project: Relationships with Māori

Project: Growing strong leaders and healthy teams

Client: Ruahine Kindergarten Association

Year: 2012

Role:  Trainer

Description of responsibilities: Develop and deliver training and supports to teaching teams.

Project: Organisation Realignment

Client: Te Puni Kokiri

Year: 2010 - 2011

Role: Consultant

Description of responsibilities: Review the effectiveness of the Relationships and Information Wahanga and propose improvements in effectiveness and efficiency.

Project: Improving leadership to improve student learning

Client: Various schools throughout Aotearoa

Year: 2010

Role: Coach, facilitator, developer

Description of responsibilities: Design and deliver a range of tailor made interventions to develop school performance. 

Project: The Treaty meets the United Nations Convention

Client: CCS Disability Action

Location: Wellington Branch and National Office

Year: 2010

Role: Training developer, trainer

Description of responsibilities: Developing and delivering a workshop to develop staff capability in founding their work from the two of the organisation's key documents - The Treaty of Waitangi and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons.

Project: Healthy Organisation

Client: The National Collective of Independent Womens Refuge's

Location: Wellington

Year: 2010

Duration: Six months

Role: Reviewer, advisor

Description of responsibilities: Engaging with the Movement to develop a strategy for organisational strengthening and developing internal culture.'

Project: Scenic Training

Client: Horowhenua College

Location: Levin

Year: 2010

Duration: The year

Role: Mentor

Description of responsibilities: Mentoring a Young Enterprise Scheme student business group as they navigate their way to bringing their upbeat scenic exercise DVD to life under the guidance of managing director Alivya Clarke.

Project: Experienced Principal Development

Client: Auckland University College of Educational Leadership

 Location: Auckland

Year: 2010

Duration: The year

Role: Coach, Professional learning group facilitator

Description of responsibilities: Providing the coaching element of the [email protected] programme which is developing experienced school principals in the greater Auckland area on contract to the Ministry of Education.

Project: Review of the Family Safety Team Initiative

Client: NZ Police

Location: Wellington

Year: 2009

Duration: August - December

Role: Reviewer

Description of responsibilities: Conducted a national review of the Family Safety Team initiative operating in six high areas around the country recognised as having high levels of family violence.

Project: Governance and Management Training

Client: National Collective of Independent Womens Refuges

Location: Country wide

Year: 2009

Duration: Intermittent

Role: Training designer, Trainer, Co-trainer

Description of responsibilities:Developing and delivering G&M training to a wide range of Refuges throughout the country.

Project: National Taskforce for Action on Family Violence

Client: Ministry of Social Development

Location: Wellington

Year: 2008

Duration: Two national meetings

Role: Facilitator, Co-facilitator

Description of responsibilities: Plan and facilitate Taskforce meetings to review effectiveness and develop strategic priorities for the Ongoing Programme of Action for addressing family violence in NZ - It's not ok.

Project: Organisation Strengthening

Client: Northpine Ltd

Location: Waipu and Auckland

Year: Twelve months (ongoing)

 Duration: Two national meetings

Role: Trainer, coach

Description of responsibilities: Working to the strategic growth plan developed by the co-owners, I work to the General Manager in developing and driving The People Plan. Developing leadership and effective teamwork at all levels of the business and between sites has been the first priority. Developing more effective interactions, communication and a culture of achievement see us coaching leaders, rolling out company wide training and working 1:1 with leaders.


  • Strategic advice - finding organisation direction and momentum
  • Extreme facilitation - deep engagement and events
  • High performance coaching - teams and individuals
  • Supervision - cultural and professional


  • Interactive - we problem solve as partners
  • Tailored - made to fit your needs, your people
  • Savvy - straight to the heart of the matter
  • Direct - clear thinking and straight talking
  • Energised - constructive and positive
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