Skills to build and lead collaborations
Skills to build and lead collaborations

This 3-part webinar series covers tools and skills to collaborate well & help lead collaborations

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Friday, 21 August 2020

Time - 9.00 am - 10.15 am

You Can Collaborate!

Working successfully across a sector or multiple stakeholders can be incredibly rewarding or frustrating. 

These three webinars will unpack successful collaborations and provide participants with tools and skills which will improve the chance of your next collaboration achieving its potential.

Collaboration guru Nazanin Jenkin will unpack the components of “real” collaboration, and the key capabilities that underpin success stories drawing on her personal experience and research. She will also focus on successful collaborations between kaupapa Maori and mainstream service providers.

Not only will this increase your knowledge, but we are confident that it will provide you with a new language and focus on genuine collaboration and partnership. Our community needs it.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the why, how and when to collaborate decisions.
• A deep dive into the collaboration package.
• Explore 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 successful outcomes.

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)

Quote from the article:

"My argument is that there is little understanding of “real” collaboration. Many have an understanding of principles, but despite good intentions, with some exceptions, these tend to translate to little more than networking activities and alternative project management approaches, which are not delivering the desired outcomes. Humans revert to the familiar when under stress, favouring people and processes they know.

I believe the key to unlocking untapped solutions and hope for mankind is to be willing to work collaboratively, across all kinds of differences. I am on a mission to build a collaborative movement that delivers shared value.

Based on my research at Massey University (published by the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand) and international public sector experience (including Southampton and Birmingham City Councils (UK), Upper Hutt and Porirua City Councils (NZ); Severn Trent Water; Local Government New Zealand; Ministry of Social Development (NZ) as well as wider client organisations), I have identified three areas that could help shift the status quo. Focusing on these now will help us prepare for a collaborative, kinder post-pandemic future."

In the full 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.

Full article -

“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.

And, the four-part series "Collaboration for Regional Impact" (co-authored with Kerry Topp ) that "has taken LinkedIn by storm"  - Articles…

"Over the past four weeks Kerry Topp and I have collaborated in order to offer some of our collaboration insights for regions and local communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the first three articles in this series, we built the case for ‘why’ collaboration is critical for regional impact; ‘how’ collaboration has led to success in a New Zealand regional context (with two case studies); then we expanded on the “Art of Collaboration”, with six key themes to support leaders in Aotearoa".

In this, our final post, we explore the “Benefits of Collaboration”, with an ongoing focus on Regional Impact".  Nazanin Jenkin

The value of #collaboration – regional, team, cross-organisation, cross-sector, across the supply chain or other - is built on the premise that we are #betterworkingtogether. And, that to #buildbackbetter in a post-COVID environment, requires “everyone and everything”.

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, 19 August 2020

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Friday, 21 August 2020

Please Note: - The above dates have changed from those previously advertised as the 15, 16 & 17 July.

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 audio on 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, 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 

The price stated is per person.

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.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $20.00 + GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

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  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

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:
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Phone: 027 607 3000