Michelle Rush

Catchment Community Group Facilitator


I have more than 25 years experience as a professional facilitator working mainly in the agriculture and natural resource management fields for industry organisations, councils, government and NGO's.

I am a trainer in group facilitation skills, community and stakeholder engagement, environmental education and collaborative processes.

I am a Beef+Lamb NZ catchment facilitation training provider. I am an authorised trainer for the Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitative Leadership Program through the Institute of Cultural Affairs (Australia). The ToP methods are heavily used in natural resource management in both Australia and NZ (during the Decade of Landcare more than half all Australia's landcare facilitators were trained in the ToP facilitation methods).  

I have a background in natural resource policy, and an academic and practical knowledge of change management and rural development. I have significant experience in water issues, and facilitated the Ruamahanga Whaitua Committee from 2014 to 2018.


  • Master of Applied Science (Agriculture and Rural Development) 2000
  • Graduate Diploma of Facilitative Leadership 2017
  • Bachelor of Science (Geography) 1986
  • Certificate in Journalism 1987
  • NZ Certificate in Te Reo Māori L.4 2019
  • Certificate IV in Adult Training and Assessment 2013.


Process facilitator for Ruamahanga Whaitua Committee from 2014 to 2018.

Facilitated participatory strategic planning, problem solving, business and implementation planning workshops and meetings for various groups, e.g. recent examples include Waikanae Mountains to Sea and Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project.

Regions: Wairarapa

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