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To discover more about Tipu Ake, attend one of the following conferences / seminars.

Conference and public presentations:

22 July 06 VASS (New Zealand Federation of Vocational and Support Services) Conference, Rotorua

Special Tipu Ake presentations for your group or organisation:
Please call Peter Goldsbury if you would like us to share Tipu Ake with your group.

Introductory Seminar Outline


Peter Goldsbury, Project Management Facilitator at Strategic Expertise www.projectmanagement.co.nz has been researching a small very rural NZ organisation that has achieved amazing successes against all the odds. Their uniquely Kiwi leadership, teamwork and project processes demonstrate a fast track forward to others also wanting to grow themselves a place in the knowledge economy.

The Tipu Lifecycle has been inspired by their transformation and wisdom. Tipu (growing from within) Ake (ever upwards) ki te Ora (towards Wellness) is not a linear process but a cyclic one, so expect some challenges to conventional project think. The seven level model includes the strong process management focus that characterizes today's businesses mainly in its level 3, with the other levels incorporating radical thinking on chaos, innovation, leadership, courage, vision, stakeholders, team commitment, change information sharing, learning, responsiveness, agility, values and sustainability. It encourages us to think well beyond project risk management, capitalising on opportunities that move us towards the future we seek to grow. It is a framework that gives a wider perspective on leadership principles and knowledge and demonstrates those project manager / team / organisational behaviours that drive real project success.

The Tipu Ake Lifecycle is based on a simple, but very powerful, natural analogy, which can be applied at any level in any organisation to help make a well future happen. Its holistic approach is far from being soft and cuddly; it is a pragmatic roadmap for survival that suits organisations competing in a global marketplace. It capitalises on the same "WE can do" Kiwi team culture that Peter Blake / Team NZ and the Tall Blacks did, (something that is too often left buried deep under management practices imported from beyond our shores)!!

This will be a workshop session where participants who share their knowledge will all become wiser - a fundamental premise of Tipu Ake. We will use the Tipu Ake organisational assessment tool to question assumptions about our organisational cultures and how they can more succesfully implement complex programs involving many projects.

We will also cover the use of the Maori concept of ORA as a basis for setting and agrreing on a bold organisational vision that can drive all our decisionmaking.

The Powerpoint presentation used on these seminars can be downloaded. See also the paper
Vision Verbs and Tipu Ake - Potent tools for program leadership in a world of complexity

Some Past Presentations:

The Institute for Democratic Education Christchurch, March 06

The Canterbury Primary Principals Association Conference, Christchurch, Mar 06

Excelerator - Institute of Leadership, University of Auckland Mar 06

Project Management Institute, Auckland Chapter meeting, Feb 06

International workshops. "Tipu Ake - New tools for growing Living Organisations" (see report) that we are shared in New York, London, Paris, West Country UK, Helsinki Finland and San Francisco in July / August 2005 report

Ag Research - New Zealand 05 /06

Indigenous Knowledges Conference - Reconciling Academic Priorities with Indigenous Realities.
Victoria University, Wellington 24 June 05

NZ Association of Training and Development

Project Management Institute NZ Conferences

Human Resource Institute of NZ Conference

Royal NZ Navy Officer Training Course

National Tipu Ake Launch Seminars Auck, Well, NP Rot, Ch Dun

Auckland University of Technology - various presentations

University of Auckland - Management Faculty staff and Masters students

Telecom New Zealand - Project Management team

Whaingaroa Environment Group, - Volunteer Group, Raglan, NZ

NZ Department of Internal Affairs - Community Development Group

PMI Global Forum May 2003 The Hague. Details www.pmi.org

Authentic Leadership Summer School, June 2003, Halifax, Canada. Details www.shambhalainstitute.org

CEG Connecting Communities Conference, Wellington, Nov 2003

PMI Conference, Christchurch, NZ. Nov 2003 - 1/2 day Preconference workshop,

International Symposium on Performance Management, Canberra Australia. 20 Feb 2004 - Presentation on Tipu Ake as closing keynote paper.

Management Accountant Conference, Auckland, Mar 2004 - Project Management Paper

Sharing Indigenous Wisdom Conference Wisconsin USA June 2004 - Tipu Ake by people of Te Whaiti

AnewNZ - SME wellness group, Auckland July 2004 Tipu Ake - Wellness in small to med enterprises

Sustainable Resources Conference, Boulder Colorado. Oct 2004 - Tipu Ake and Kaitiakitanga presention by a group from New Zealand. See report
at http://www.kaitiakitanga.net/projects/3-2-3a%20Sustainable%20Resources%20Conference.htm

The Centre for Integral Economics, Victoria, Canada - a tax shifting and sustainability group - presentation to a group of interested people.

The Communty Support Group, Lopez Island, Seattle Area, USA

Project Management Global Congress, Anaheim, California 26 Oct 2004 - Tipu Ake - Potent tools for leading programs in a world of complexity

Conference of NZ Organisational Development Network Barrycourt, Auckland, 26 Nov 2004 -- Tipu Ake - Potency tools for Innovative Organisations

Indigenous Knowledges Conference - Reconciling Academic Priorities with Indigenous Realities.
Victoria University, Wellington 24 June 05

Also covered as part of Project Management workshops delivered in-house for many organisations including: Auckland City, Hamilton City, ASB Bank, BOP DHB, Advantage, Carter Holt Harvey, Porirua City, Izard-Irwin, The Open Polytechnic, Nelson City, Change Training Consultants, Navman, Otago DHB, Zespri, Software of Excellence International, Ballance Agrinutrients, NZ Police, Te Puni Kokiri




1. NEW "Lifelong Learning - Nature's Way" - Tipu Ake as a learning model
2. UPDATE " New Tools For Growing Living Organisations and Communities" Radical tools for program management in a world of complexity and inter-dependence - builds on our paper at PMI Global Forum, Anaheim. Nov 2004
UPDATE Downloadable Tipu Ake Model now includes "The Leadership Tripod" and Mycorrhyzal Fungi Networks - Partnerships below the ground level.
4. PODCASTS Listen to Stranova and Living Systems Thinking interviews - Blog
5. VIDEO: Visit Downloadable Video Libary, interviews, stories, apply Tipu Ake
6. Thanks to those who participated in workshops "Tools for Growing Living Organisations" run in New York, London, Mid Wales UK, Finland and San Francisco during August 2005 click here for report

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The Tipu Ake Team thanks AUT for helping incubate this model and in particular the many student teams, staff and other local and international volunteers that have helped it germinate in many places around the world.
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