Government, Regulatory & Public Affairs Service

With the most experienced government, regulatory and public affairs specialists in the South Island, the Convergence team works for clients throughout New Zealand. This expertise and experience saw Convergence awarded its current place on the New Zealand Government’s Business and Finance Consultancy Panel.

Offices in Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown means the consultancy is optimally located to support the needs of New Zealand’s fastest growing regions and second biggest city. Convergence’s four partners have considerable experience in local and central government issues, lobbying, community engagement and reputation management, as well as current and high level networks which constantly deliver successful and cost-effective results for clients.

There is growing recognition of the region’s major contribution to the national economy so it deserves the most experienced communications and reputation management advice available. We also work across a range of legal and financial professionals if further expertise is required.

Having built successful careers around New Zealand and internationally, Convergence partners are passionate about the need for the South Island to be represented prominently to decision-makers and regulators. We work neutrally across all party lines and regulatory authorities, and deliver factual advice and strategy backed by experience and evidential data where necessary.

We’ve worked with managers throughout the public sector and for ministers on both sides of the house in an even-handed manner. The government affairs landscape has changed in the last five years and will continue to do so. We can provide an entry point to meaningful relationships that are crucial in the ever-evolving political and corporate spaces.

Convergence has an important understanding of who holds the decision-making cards, and not only have the ability to tap into the many layers within the government or regulatory organisation, but also work outside those inner wheels. Our depth of knowledge and passion for action, not just talk, ensures the right political and public sector doors are opened for clients and their needs.

Recent successes have been delivered for clients in the health, agri-business aviation, NGO, hospitality, building and property sectors.

Lisa-Marie headshotOur Government, Regulatory and Public Affairs Service is headed up by Lisa-Marie Richan (L-M). For more than 20 years L-M has worked at the coalface of the country’s government communications, becoming an influential source within the sector and through to the commercial environment.

L-M was Director of Communications and Head of Profession for the New Zealand Government at the State Services Commission, where she led communications work on the National Crisis Communications Plan for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the government’s response to the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine Tragedy. She has worked in the capital for some of New Zealand’s leading organisations including New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the New Zealand Customs Service, Climate Change Office, Ministry for the Environment and Telecom NZ and Telecom NZ (Australia) (now Spark). A former broadcast journalist, she has also worked as a Press Secretary, and as a senior consultant for pan-European and US clients based out of London.

Lisa-Marie is known for her direct and clear advice based on over 20 years of government, parliamentary and corporate experience with policy, politicians and newsmakers. She is a specialist in crisis management and gives timely and informed media and issues guidance.

For clients involved in start ups, exporting and foreign direct investment, she provides additional expertise having worked for seven years as Director of Strategic Relations at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), including Investment New Zealand. She is also an advisor to the management of the ‘Pledge Me’ crowdfunding project and equity-raising platform. As a Director at NZTE, she regularly provided advice and strategy, and managed the interface for businesses and industry between ministers, government officials, embassies and international trade agencies.