Longest Facilitation Gig in History?

One of our Directors, Robyn Wynne-Lewis, recently completed a lengthy project facilitating a process that will have a significant impact on our region in the years come ….

It’s always nice to receive flowers, and a bonus if they’re my favourite colours. These were a gift from Hawkes Bay Regional Council as a thank you for six years of facilitating ‘TANK’ meetings. None of us ever thought it would take quite that long.

TANK is an acronym for the four main rivers in the Greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri catchment – the Tūtaekurī, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro and Karamū. It is also the name given to a plan change process that has garnered much interest both locally and nationally, as it is the first time that a collaborative stakeholder-led approach has been used on this scale. 35 stakeholders, representing a wide cross-section of the community, gathered for a total of 43 full-day meetings during that six-year period, and produced a draft plan which was then presented back to Council. More information on the TANK process here.

I facilitated 42 of those meetings. I was sick for one, and Jim Sinner from the Cawthron Institute stood in for me. TANK has been a huge journey for all of us – rewarding, challenging, frustrating and uplifting, just like raising a child!

I have had the privilege of working closely with some fantastic people, including the dedicated team of policy and science staff at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

Nga Mihi, Tihei Mauri Ora!


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