Extension and learning events - Groundwork Associates

Extension and learning events

Our well-oiled systems and experienced team ensure smooth event and project administration (booking travel, arranging meetings, coordinating logistics), administrative support (minute or note taking and other secretarial services), information and data management (typing, basic proofreading, filing, downloading files, transcribing, distributing information), data entry, and basic website maintenance (updates).

Selected projects

These projects have been selected from our comprehensive portfolio to provide an overview of our administration and event logistics work.

Supporting a sheep and beef sector extension programme

Beef + Lamb NZ wanted to implement a 12-month extension programme to help farmers make practice changes which would contribute to more profitable outcomes. Groundwork supported the ‘Farming for Profit’ programme in the Waikato-Franklin region by working with its farmer-led committee and extension manager on programme development, promotion, media liaison and event logistics. Groundwork also worked with speakers to coordinate and enhance their contributions to each event.

I think [Groundwork] brought a difference of opinion and different attitude which is what we were looking for in a person coming in. A person who could take something, drop it on the ground, pick it up again, and shake it and ask the questions why, how, when. And I think Annie did that – something completely different, someone with a different style and a different way of doing things.” – Gordon Vernon, Farmer & Chair of the Farming for Profit Steering Committee.

Facilitating a compelling national conference through programme development and meaningful extension

The NZ Association of Resource Management and Fert Research wished to host an engaging and informative conference to support effective farm practice within environmental and regulatory limits. With Groundwork’s guidance, this developed into the Tools to Farm Within Limits Conference. Groundwork provided extensive support for the organising committee helping with programme development, speaker briefing, marketing, trade display coordination, event logistics and online registrations.

Visit our “2012 Tools to Farm Within Limits Conference” website here.

Effective event coordination for winter forum

The New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management needed support to organise its major annual event for members. Groundwork developed the event budget, helped confirm and brief speakers, prepared promotional and registration material, liaised with the venue and caterers, organised programmes, speaker biographies and name tags, and handled post-event follow up. On the day Groundwork facilitated the panel discussion and provided on-site support including arranging a Skype connection for a speaker stranded by bad weather.

Supporting technology transfer for climate change adaption

MAF’s Climate Change Technology Transfer Sub-Group needed input from key agricultural, horticultural and forestry representatives to build a five year climate change extension/tech transfer plan and confirm industry commitments. Annie Perkins designed and facilitated six sector workshops to help achieve this goal. Groundwork also organised all the workshops, liaised with participants and collated, analysed and integrated the ideas across workshops.

Organising Organics Aotearoa New Zealand events

The Groundwork team coordinated a number of Organic Advisory Programme and Organic Dairy and Pastoral Group workshops including a series of financial performance seminars held in five New Zealand regions; an alternative grazing management seminar in the Waikato region; a biodynamics field day in Waihi and two soil fertility workshops.

OANZ also needed to promote itself and its resources at a regional Organic Expo. Groundwork designed an eye-catching site using OANZ flyers, posters and banners, organised supplies, resources and travel for the day and managed the site from set up to clean up. Groundwork liaised with attendees, providing them with information and contacts relevant to their area of interest in organics and their particular industry.

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand Organic Dairy and Pastoral Group

As part of the Grow Organic Dairy project, Groundwork coordinated logistics for nine farming couples and five Massey University scientists to visit nine farms throughout the Waikato and Taranaki region for an intensive information gathering and experiential learning process.

Addressing learning needs for women in the dairy sector

The Network for Women in Dairying wanted help to develop and deliver a series of seminars for women in dairying. Groundwork provided programme design and event coordination services, using its sector knowledge and networks to formulate seminar topics, secure speakers and help develop promotional and presentation material.

Understanding, very personable, timely, not bogged down by the big corporate stuff and [they have] a genuine understanding of adult education. They’ve been great to work with and I look forward to working with them in the future.” Lynda Clark, Network for Women in Dairying.

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