Influencing the influencers: Government relations 101

  • Ulrich Lange, Bochum, Germany, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    Government decisions impact community groups and the causes they serve. There are many opportunities to have your say into our political process, if you understand the mechanics of Government and how best to engage politicians.

    Join us for a free workshop that will demystify the political arena, step you through the ways you can contribute to political decision making, and provide insight on how to make the most of them.

    Presenter David Cormack will outline the formal consultative options like submissions and select committee appearances. More importantly, he’ll also give you the good oil on the less structured and more highly sought after engagement opportunities. He’ll cover how to increase your chance of an audience with a Minister and tips for ensuring that any meetings go well.

    This will be a valuable session for community organisations wanting to better understand how to navigate the political environment and effectively communicate with politicians and their office staff. Expect a lively session with a free, frank and knowledgeable speaker. There’ll be ample time at the end for your questions.

    About David Cormack

    David’s background includes being communications and policy manager for the Greens in 2015/16. He was InternetNZ's head of Communications and Government Relations. David has been the Managing Partner of Draper Cormack Group for five years now and worked with a variety of clients and with many MPs across the political spectrum.

    This is a Community Comms Collective workshop for not-for-profits and collective volunteers hosted by Volunteer Wellington and supported by Cabix Communications and JacksonStone & Partners. We are grateful for their support and for our speaker giving his time and talent pro bono.

    St John's in the City conference room is wheelchair accessible.

    Image credit: Ulrich Lange, Bochum, Germany, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Date and time

    Friday 19 November | 10-11.30am


    St John's in the City Conference Centre, Willis Street, Wellington


    here by Monday 30 August

    KOHA: $5 to Volunteer Wellington to cover venue/morning tea

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