Participatory Techniques Ltd

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

Facilitation Training Opportunity

Group Facilitation Methods Course (ToP™ Module 1+) will be held in Whaingaroa (Raglan) April 14 – 16 2021. Click here to register

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.

2021 Courses

Group Facilitation Methods Course (ToP™ Module 1+) April 14 – 16 2021. Whaingaroa (Raglan). Register here 
Advanced Facilitation Course (ToP Module to be decided) August 4 – 6 2021. Whaingaroa (Raglan). Please email us to register your interest. 


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

2020 Newletter

Summer 2020 news

Please read our newest newsletter with all our latest 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

AFN conference

This year’s AFN conference is being held online at various times and dates from Monday October 5 2020, to Friday October 30 2020.

Helen and Michelle, with Australian colleagues Dr Hedy Bryant and Mark Butz are offering a workshop on the ToP Focused Conversation Method  as part of the conference. Those of you wanting a refresher are most welcome to join us!

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.