Engage is proud to offer New Zealand’s first ever educational course on effective advocacy – the Government Relations Nanodegree.


Whether you’re looking to start a career in government relations, hone your existing skills, or widen your knowledge to score that big promotion, the Government Relations Nanodegree will help you perfect your modern day lobbying skills for the New Zealand market.

Delivered alongside our partner platform, Rapid Parrot, the Government Relations Nanodegree uses up-to-date case studies and modern day examples to ensure content remains relevant.

You will learn:

how to effectively engage with government to get the results you, your organisation or your clients want

the machinery of government, and realities of legislation formation;

a variety of professional strategies you can adopt to better navigate political engagement.

As the first of its kind in the country, Engage’s Government Relations Nanodegree creates a minimum education standard for New Zealand’s government relations industry

Estimated Time

2 months
At 5 - 10 hours per week


Just-in-time learning: material is available 24/7 on any device


While there are no prerequisites, it is recommended that learners have an elementary understanding of New Zealand’s system of government.

What you will learn

Our curriculum is based on industry needs and has been shaped alongside instructional designers, stakeholders, industry professionals and customers for practical application. Delivered online through a fully digital, cloud-based host platform, the course will demonstrate you have the skills needed to excel in government relations in New Zealand.


Demonstrate an understanding of the New Zealand legal and political system, paying particular attention to The Treaty of Waitangi


Be able to create, test, validate and iterate on a government relationship strategy


Be able to create a plan and process on how to effectively communicate to those in government


Illustrate an understanding that having a government relationship strategy requires constant validation and iteration

Curriculum Outline

  • Where does government come from?
  • The division of power
  • The Legislature
  • The Executive
  • The Judiciary
  • The History of New Zealand politics
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Mixed Member Proportional
  • General Elections (and cycles)
  • Electorates in New Zealand
  • Governor General
  • The Executive (Prime Ministers, Ministers)
  • Members of Parliament
  • Ministerial and Parliamentary Services
  • Officials
  • What does it mean to have a government relationship?
  • What can I achieve through engaging with Government?
  • What is lobbying?
  • Having a voice that counts
  • How can you influence decisions?
  • The engagement strategy framework
  • Understand your intent
  • Approaching the right person
  • Understand the value you bring
  • Touch points
  • Talking to the staff
  • Setting up a date
  • What to prepare
  • Do your research!
  • Finding common ground
  • How to speak to someone from government
  • A conversation is a two-way street
  • Presenting your case
  • Asking questions
  • What is your intent?
  • Clarify the intent
  • Know your dates
  • Sending the invite
  • What do you want them to do?
  • Media and briefing
  • Trust = consistency x time
  • Create value
  • Soft power
  • Engaging all sides
  • Have a good time
  • What are you trying to achieve
  • Why do you think government should help you?
  • Government relations as part of your organisational strategy
  • Ongoing engagement
  • Building long term relationships

Content delivery

Our host platform is fully digital, cloud-based and works on all devices that have access to the internet. The dashboards provide meaningful and actionable data which creates specific and data-rich assessment and insights at scale.


In addition, content is written to respond to the audience, using language, references and explanations which suit the numeracy, literacy, cultural and socio-economic requirements of the learners.

Features include:

Just-in-time learning

Material is available 24/7 on any device so learning can happen anywhere and anytime

Easy to implement

A simple process to onboard both the educator/ supervisor and the learner so training and can be implemented at scale

Easy to understand analytics

Intuitive educator and learner dashboard which shows a full overview of the learning process from class-level to individual-level data – allows for assessment at scale.


The platform is designed in a way where it can be customised to suit the needs of the user and can integrate with other systems.


At a Glance


Set (not personalised)


Fully digital, cloud-based platform


Material available 24/7 on any device


Not required


Nanodegree certification issued on completion


$2450.00 (including GST)

Enrol now to hone your advocacy skills!