Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships 101
Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships 101

3-part webinar series

Three “learning bites” delivered via Zoom.

These 75 minute sessions will be held over 3 consecutive days.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Friday, 17 July 2020

Time - 9.00 am - 10.15 am

Collaboration: from “buzzword” to reality

Everyone is talking about collaboration these days. When done well it can be transformative, yet sadly it is often only paid lip service.

Post-COVID much is uncertain - but all evidence shows that our New Zealand Inc. re-entry and recovery is contingent on successful collaborations and partnerships. The common message thread (from politicians and senior leaders) appears to be we need to be “working together” and “collaborating” — across silos, sectors and disciplines.

But there is still very limited understanding of “real” collaboration. Through the peak of the pandemic crisis, many governing constraints were lifted to enable agile, collaborative working, but now as systems and people (mostly) return to their original operating models, coupled with post-pandemic exhaustion - the risk is everyone returns to old ways of working. Everything changes, but nothing really changes.

In these short learning-bites held consecutively over three days, NZ author, researcher and practitioner Nazanin Jenkin will begin to unpack the components of “real” collaboration, and the key capabilities that underpin success stories.

Following Nazanin’s sessions, participants have said they are energised, feel included and empowered, have a better understanding of why things haven’t worked and more importantly, now know how / where to make changes so they can see the successes they desire.

Collaboration is the intersection between Strategy, Co-Design and System Change. It is the pinnacle of a strengths-based approach to working relationships. We acknowledge that the opportunity or desired outcome requires the collective strengths; we identify what we bring to the table and what others bring to the table; then, we work together in the spirit of manaakitanga [kindness, generosity, support, hospitality]”.
Nazanin Jenkin

Learning Outcomes

  • An unravelling of the mysteries of why, how and when to collaborate.
  • A quick deep dive into the collaboration package.
  • Unpacking the key skills, behaviours and leadership style necessary for successful collaborations and partnerships.

Who Should Attend

These workshops are for fellow (current and aspiring) collaborators from all sectors including:

  • Trusts, Community and Not-For-Profit Organisations
  • Primary Health Providers
  • Local Government
  • Central Government Departments
  • Tertiary Institutions
  • Trusts and Community Funding
  • Government Departments
  • Private Sector Leaders (especially those working across public-private partnerships and/or partnerships across the supply chain)

This kaupapa is important for:

  • Anyone leading and supporting a current collaboration, joint venture or partnership programme;
  • Key partner leads in an existing or planned programme;
  • Anyone considering or interested in strategic collaborations and partnerships as a framework and approach for building new futures.

About the presenter

Nazanin’s work on collaboration has been ground breaking – as a true “pracademic” she has translated well-researched thought leadership into practitioner friendly workshops. She brings extensive international experience working across sectors, including: local government, central government, NGOs, Māori Trusts and the private sector. Her previous portfolios include Three Waters infrastructure investment for a UK Water Authority, Economic Development across all of local government in New Zealand and Strategy lead, Value for Money for one of the largest NZ government departments.

As manuhiri she feels very privileged to have worked with Tangata Whenua – this work includes a three-year Māori Innovation Ministry of Health pilot and serves as an exemplar of collaboration opportunities across service lines in a kaupapa Māori context.

Nazanin Jenkin is a Persian Kiwi - a Persian by decent and a diaspora by circumstance, and believes the key to unlocking untapped solutions and hope for mankind is for us to be willing to work collaboratively, across all kinds of differences - silos, sectors, cultures and disciplines. 

#visionweeknz  (8-12 June 2020) -  What Next NZ
Her vision is to build a collaborative movement that delivers shared value for Aoteaora, New Zealand.  A video entry of her vision was chosen as one of the top ideas for our country through #visionweeknz and used as the closing comments (1:47) for the final session of the conference. The theme for this session was:  What Next NZ; looking to the future and implementing some of these ideas (Prime Minister Jacinda Arden's Address @ 30mins). 

For the full session check out: YouTube: | Content Hub: |Facebook:

You can view Nazanin's full entry at | +64 21 478 253

Collaboration: from “buzzword” to reality, Apolitical (2 June 2020)

In this article Nazanin explores the collaboration theory and the opportunities presented through the New Zealand Government’s Wellbeing agenda. She unpacks: the reasons for collaboration; taking an ecosystem approach; collaboration leadership and competencies.

“Working Towards Working Together”, IPANZ (2016)

(pdf downloadable from
This article summarises the findings from Nazanin’s research. She looks at: what does collaboration really mean; the policy settings and background; and identifies key opportunities.

What others say about Nazanin Jenkin…

A very engaging and agile consultant who is able to facilitate collaborative discussions so people’s voices are heard, and driven toward a common agenda. He wahine ngakau nui, ngakau mahaki kia puta a wairua. Na te koi o tona hinengaro hoki kia puta a ihu.”
Lewis Ratapu, General Manager, Tatau Tatau o te Wairoa, a Post Treaty Settlement Group in Wairoa, Northern Hawkes Bay

Nasi is highly skilled and talented with an ability to understand and analyse complex problems with ease. Her recent work on collaboration breaks new ground and will be valuable for all looking for innovative ways of improving their effectiveness.”
Mike Reid, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ)

Nazanin, you did a great job of running this online, one hour, taster course on collaboration. You had the group working well together and shared thought provoking information in the short time frame. Thanks.”
Vicki Poole, Learning & Development, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Zoom Meeting Dates & Times

3 “learning bites” - 75 minute Zoom sessions held over 3 consecutive days, running 9.00 am - 10.15 am

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Friday, 17 July 2020

You will be sent the details to access ZOOM, after you have registered.

These will be interactive sessions and participants will be able to do exercises in separate (virtual) break out rooms. A week prior to the webinar you will be emailed resources and all you need is a computer with internet connection. One screen per person please – cameras on and we’ll use microphones through the session.  

We encourage participants to email their questions to us prior to the workshop, or via the chat at the meeting - email

Please note this webinar series will not be recorded and made available post event. However, a  selection of key slides will be shared with participants post the event for personal use (ideas can be shared /used with appropriate referencing and attribution). 

Pre-reading: It would be useful (but not essential) to take time to read Nazanin's two published articles and refer to the "resources" page of her website.

Price & Registration

3 - part Webinar Series
$199.00 + GST 

Registration process
Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email:

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Please email  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

Refunds are not available unless GROW cancels the workshop ahead of time. Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at
Phone: 027 607 3000