Participatory Techniques Ltd

Facilitation, training, collaboration, engagement, research/ consultancy
utilising the Technology of Participation (ToP™) methodologies

Please Note

Our September 2-4 2020 ‘Group Facilitation Methods’ ToP Module 1 Course is full.
Please contact us at to be put on the waiting list.

Participatory Techniques Limited offers facilitation, research/ consultancy, and training, using the
Technology of Participation (ToP™) approach.

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.

2020 Courses

ToP Module 1+ 29 April – 1 May 2020  cancelled due to covid-19.

ToP Module 5 Principled Influencing and Negotiating 24 – 26 June 2020
ToP Module 1+ 2 – 4 September 2020  ** this course is now full Please contact us at to be put on the waiting list.

Communities of Practice

Waikato ToP Practice Group
provides Waikato ToP trainees with an opportunity to continue their learning journey in a supportive collegial environment.  The group meets at Waikato Regional Council on the third Tuesday of the month at 3pm for a shared afternoon tea, followed by practice time from 3:30 to 5pm.  No need to RSVP For more information on the practice group, contact Wendy Boyce 

Wellington Facilitators’ Network
operates as a community of practice for all facilitators. Meets monthly on a Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:30pm at the Department of Conservation national office. Bring your lunch!
Virtual attendees welcome – we have a Zoom connection.

Click here to get yourself on the MeetUp notification list.


We provide independent, professional facilitation for conferences, strategic planning events, stakeholder consultation, team building, workshops and public meetings.

Facilitation Training

Participatory Techniques Limited offers facilitation and participatory leadership training in the ToP™ methods, a proven set of group facilitation and leadership methods used in more than 30 countries world-wide. Clients that wish to complete the full suite of Facilitative Leadership Program courses, can work towards accreditation as a Certified Technology of Participation Facilitator (CToPF) which is a globally recognised industry qualification.

We offer training throughout New Zealand both as publicly scheduled courses, and as tailored in-house courses for our clients.

Group process facilitation and participatory leadership skills enhance individual and team effectiveness. They have application in any sector, including government, companies, educational institutions, industry and non-government organisations, and community groups.

Our training is highly interactive, thorough, and enjoyable, and incorporates experiential learning techniques.

Research/Consultancy ​

Our research methods are firmly grounded in participatory processes, enabling those affected to be involved in a research project or investigation. We can apply these social research processes to ensure that all voices are heard, and to help organisations better tailor their services to their client group. Examples of how this can be applied include needs analysis and impact assessment, public engagement and consultation, effective extension and adult learning projects, development of tailored communications, resources training or other service programmes and participatory evaluation.

​Community Engagement and Public Consultation Training

The training we offer includes planning for public consultation and community engagement, stakeholder identification, practical project management and strategic planning, interpersonal communication skills and an introduction to group facilitation for consultation and engagement purposes.

We also cover legal obligations and the principles underpinning effective public consultation, including working with tangata whenua.

Our News

Some More Tips for Facilitating Effectively Online

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Facilitating online – what I’ve learned as a facilitator from ‘lockdown’​ the past two weeks read here

2019 News and 2020 Courses

Click here to read our latest newsletter

Supporting Wellington Conversations
Recently we’ve got involved in Wellington Conversations – an initiative to train volunteers to facilitate conversations on topics of interest in Wellington cafe’s, community centres and public spaces. If you’re keen to contribute as a facilitator, or you just want to find out how you can take part in these conversations about things that matter to Wellington people, here’s the link!
The focus is all about building connections and communities, and the programme with the conversations and places they’ll be held kicks off in September.

 AFN Conference 2020 Registrations and Workshop EOI’s Open

I am – because you are.  Inspiring connection, collaboration and equity in our diversity.

This is the theme of the 2020 AFN conference being held in Brisbane from 28-30 October 2020.

AFN conferences are a fantastic professional development opportunity – featuring cutting edge facilitation practise and tools, and always exceedingly good value for money.

It’s also a great chance to network with other facilitators from Australia, NZ and the Pacific. Click here to find out more about the conference

Towards an Indigenous Informed Facilitation Practice: Questions for Facilitators
Looking to review your cross-cultural practices as a facilitator? Click on the heading above to check out this valuable resource, developed and published by the Australasian Facilitators Network (AFN), which is designed to support facilitators working with and between cultures.
The resource, available in both poster and brochure format can be found on the AFN website.

The resource is also available in poster format. Contact us directly if you would like the pdf in poster form.

Tailored Training Solutions

Our tailored training solutions include needs analysis and tailoring of course structure and materials to suit specific client needs.  Course evaluation and client debriefing is a core part of all of our service delivery.

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.