Educating New Zealanders to become their own best advocate

Engage is New Zealand’s leading government relations education organisation, with a reputation for building lobbying skills that get results.

Educating New Zealanders to improve democracy for us all.

Traditionally seen as a tool reserved for the elite, Engage brings the power of effective government relations to the people. We do this by offering education on what government relations is, and by teaching the skills, strategies and mechanisms to get results from lobbying. We are also proud to offer New Zealand’s first ever educational course on effective advocacy - the Government Relations Nanodegree.

Grounded in the view that the true power of knowledge lies, not in the act of concealing but in sharing, Engage holds steadfast the following whakatauki:

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

The bird who feasts on the miro berry, theirs is the forest. The bird who feasts on knowledge, theirs is the world.

Our Vision

An accessible, open and engaged democracy for everyone.

Our Values

To educate and inform, not compete and conceal

Empower others to achieve results

Keep an open door to anyone keen to learn

Our Mission

Educating New Zealanders to become their own best advocate.

By educating New Zealanders to become their own best advocate, Engage is opening the door to lobbying for anyone who wants to have their voice heard by the government.

By empowering you, we can help New Zealand maintain a healthy democracy. We also want to grow the expertise in government relations and cultivate the next generation of open-minded leaders.

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Holly Bennett

Founder and Approved Facilitator

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A lobbyist, lawyer and proud millennial, Holly (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) is on a mission to unmask the government relations industry in Aotearoa, so that everyone can have their voice heard.

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