I add value in a wide range of contexts, with a focus on sound natural resource management, and sustainable cities and communities.

Here are some examples of my recent and current work through Confluence Consulting.  

Note:  I also work through CicloCivica Ltd

Providing advice, training materials, and peer review for the National Cycleways team to support councils in community and stakeholder engagement around cycleway projects. More on the Urban Cycleways Programme. 

Advice on stakeholder & community engagement, for NZTA



Facilitating the Whaitua Committee’s multi-year learning and deliberative process to create a water management plan for the catchment.  More on Te Awarua-O-Porirua Whaitua

Facilitator for Te Awarua-O-Porirua Whaitua Committee, with Greater Wellington

Ongoing (contract renewed June 2017)  

Stakeholder and community engagement advice, for local government  


Providing guidance documents and on-the-ground support to improve councils' and CCOs' stakeholder and community engagement, to build social licence around cycleway and sustainable transport projects.

Business Development consulting, for Land Information New Zealand 

October 2014 – July 2015

Providing stakeholder engagement advice, strategic and operational guidance, and facilitation for LINZ and the New Zealand Geospatial Office.  Helping LINZ and the NZGO articulate their contributions and influence internal and external partners and stakeholders.   

Cycleway Project Engagement, for Wellington City Council

March 2014 – September 2014

Planning and delivering the internal and external stakeholder engagement for significant urban cycleway projects, in the City Networks unit.

Stakeholder Manager for Project Mill Creek, Meridian Energy Ltd

August 2012 – December 2013

Planning, delivering and responsible for the stakeholder and community engagement for Project Mill Creek ($169 million project to construct a 26-turbine wind farm near Ohariu Valley, Wellington).

Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Science & Innovation


Various roles advising on environmental science policy (marine, freshwater, biodiversity, primary sector, data issues) and science system strategy and policy.



If you’d like more detail on a project, or my extensive voluntary work, check out my CV.  

Image credit: balloon landscape - Isabella Cawthorn