Learn the fundamentals of government relations with this introductory course to teach you not only how it all works, but how to make it work for you.

Holly and Hilary Barry

We’ll show you how to bring government relations into your day-to-day roles so that you can reach your long term goals.

Our LOBBYLITE course will give you the rundown on the structure of the public sector:

  • the difference between Parliament, the Executive and officials - both perceived and practical;

  • the relationship between Ministers, their offices and Parliament;

  • and how you can best tell your story to our Members of Parliament.

You will also leave the session with your very own, personalised startup strategy ready for implementation.

Designed for micro-SMEs, NGOs and charitable organisations with in-house communications or marketing roles, LOBBYLITE is for these groups looking to build in-house capability and take their stakeholder engagement to a new level.

This course can also be used as professional development for boards and governance teams looking for a strategy reset.

 Photo Credit: HMC Communications

Photo Credit: HMC Communications

LOBBYLITE is a four hour, fixed-rate seminar, run by Holly Bennett. Holly is the director and principal consultant at HSB™ Government Relations. She is committed to sharing her government experience with others to open up the government relations industry in New Zealand.

Contact us to book in your LOBBYLITE course today!



James Koo

“Before the session, our company was lost. We weren't able to recognise when our government relations were going good or going bad, let alone understand the reasons behind the outcomes. Thanks to Holly and the LOBBYLITE course, we now have much more clarity around our mistakes and how we can turn our failures into successes moving forward. It personally opened my eyes to how simple government relations can be with the right advice and resources, and strongly recommend the course to anyone who wants to engage with the government in an effective way.”

James Koo, Chief Executive Officer, Niesh

Vivek Kumar

“Holly is an outstanding government relations consultant. She has the understanding of how to navigate government that only comes from experience and tenacity. Her advice is practical, easy to understand and her bubbly personality makes it a joy to work with her.”

Vivek Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, QuickSense Education

Lee Timutimu

“I would highly recommend the LOBBYLITE course! Even with my considerable experience working in the government and local government space, I still found that I learnt heaps! In particular, the make up and organisational and operational structure of our government. Understanding this can be quite powerful in so far as knowing what the internal communications channels look like and knowing the roles and responsibilities of the support staff…. I enjoyed Holly's delivery style which is relaxed but frank, this keeps things interesting and "high energy" from start to finish, without it dragging on. Well done, keep up the great work team!”

Lee Timutimu, CEO and Founder, Arataki Cultural Trails


“The LOBBYLITE course contains critical information about how to influence government thinking and direction that affects you, your business, your lifestyle, or your vocation. Having your voice heard is essential and LOBBYLITE taught us who to reach out to, who to canvas, which party or parties to talk to, when to start doing this, and how...in theory and with a practical session where you literally start planning your first lobbying! LOBBYLITE is taught in a short 4-hour session and you are literally entertained and surprised every minute of it with the dynamite Holly Bennett. If you get the chance to attend a LOBBYLITE course...take it!”

Andrew Johnson, CEO and Founder, Respondly