Our Team

Your Local Training Team

Dr Helen Ritchie

PO Box 104 Raglan
Tel 64 7 8257470
Mob 021 0761221
Email helen@facilitate.co.nz

Helen Ritchie is an experienced facilitator and researcher with a background in community and environmental projects. She has led several action research projects about engaging rural communities in environmental management and conservation.

She has been involved in the design and delivery of facilitation training for community members, local and central government staff, and the Enviroschools programme. Her own facilitation and research practice is focused on environment, agriculture and development issues. It includes helping groups and agencies with strategic planning, community involvement and adult learning.

Helen is an authorised trainer for the Technology of Participation Facilitative Leadership Program through the Institute of Cultural Affairs (Australia). ​

Michelle Rush

PO Box 29001 Ngaio
Wellington 6443
Tel 64 4 4791730
Mob 0274 574414
Email michelle@facilitate.co.nz

Michelle Rush is a facilitator, trainer and consultant specialising in public participation and community engagement. She has a background in natural resource management. Michelle has an academic and practical knowledge of change management processes, particularly in rural development.
Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience as a professional facilitator working with the private, public and voluntary sectors. Michelle has delivered training courses on how to work effectively with the community in conservation and environmental education throughout New Zealand. She has been involved in the delivery of facilitation training in both Australia and New Zealand.

​Michelle is an authorised trainer for the Technology of Participation Facilitatative Leadership Program through the Institute of Cultural Affairs (Australia).  Michelle is a Certified ToP™ Facilitator.

Tuihana Bosch and
​Te Mauri Tau

Tuihana Bosch is a training partner for our courses held in Whaingaroa (Raglan). The aim of this partnership is to infuse the training with understandings and experiences drawn from Te Ao Māori (the Māori world). These perspectives enrich the training and better prepare facilitators to work in New Zealand contexts.
Tuihana is part of a community organisation called Te Mauri Tau. Te Mauri Tau Incorporated is an educational, environmental and health organisation operating from Whaingaroa (Raglan). Drawing wisdom from traditional Māori understandings, their aim is to enhance the well-being of the individual, whānau, community and environment, and involve all people who wish to participate.
Our Whaingaroa training workshops are held at Te Pūtahi, the base from which Te Mauri Tau offers manaakitanga (care and hospitality) and an experience of sustainable living.

Contributing Trainers

Kevin Balm

Kevin Balm is a Director of Participative Technologies in Melbourne and Thailand, a facilitation consultancy firm specialising in participative learning, planning and decision making processes. He has more than 25 years of experience in designing and leading the facilitation of planning, review and learning processes. In his primary roles of facilitator, trainer and consultant he employs a suite of participative process technologies enabling stakeholders to explore and resolve impediments to their effectiveness, build capacity within communities and organisations and conduct studies in knowledge exchange and practice change. Kevin has worked with agriculture and natural resource agencies, regional communities, industry associations, and research and development organisations throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Kevin is a senior accredited trainer for Technology of Participation Facilitation Methods and Facilitative Leadership Programme (Institute of Cultural Affairs, Australia). His role includes oversight of the training programme and its development.

Mark Butz

Mark Butz is a Director of Futures By Design in Canberra. Mark has a background in science and environmental management and is an accomplished facilitator of stakeholder and community participation and engagement. Mark has particular expertise in the emerging field of cultural translation – bridging gaps of communication and understanding between participants from different political, administrative, technical, scientific and community spheres. Mark applies his experience in training others in facilitation, communication, participatory leadership, influencing and negotiating. Mark is an experienced writer, editor and proof reader of scientific/technical, quasi-legal, historical/biographical, geographical, educational and promotional materials.

Participatory Techniques Limited ​

Facilitation, Research, Consultancy  and Training

The participatory approaches that underpin all services we offer are designed to enable the creative and effective input of all those involved, enabling development of robust and realistic strategies and solutions that have full ownership and commitment.