Helping you
communicate with
the people who matter

Strategic communicatIons | change management | Reputation Management


"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."

warren buffett


Matai Partners are experts in strategic communications, change management and reputation management.

We have extensive communications expertise and bring fresh thinking and energy. Our unwavering focus is to help you achieve your business results through great communication with the people who matter to you.


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Amanda Woodbridge, Director

+64 21 715 499



Partnership is how we do business - that's why it's in our name

At Matai Partners we see ourselves as great listeners and advisors who help you address your communication challenges.

A good communication strategy is never just about a press release, an internal newsletter or talking to a decision maker. It's about delivering ongoing results that make a positive difference for your organisation and your reputation.

Our approach is to partner with you to understand your business needs and the needs of your audiences, then craft the most effective strategy. Having advised on many complex communication challenges, we know how to cut through the extraneous detail to get to the nub of the challenge, and what solutions will work.

Most of our clients have worked with us for more than a decade. We'd love to work with you too.


Our services

Employee communication & culture change

Seventy percent of change projects fail because of poor communication with employees. Your people are your biggest asset but how do you engage their hearts and minds, and turn that into tangible business results? Whether you're announcing a downsizing, a restructure or want to reinvigorate your staff with a new direction, we have significant expertise to help.

Director Amanda Woodbridge is one of New Zealand's most experienced employee communication and culture change advisors, having worked on nearly 40 culture and change projects over the past decade. She brings a wealth of experience to ensure your change or culture project is one of the 30 percent that works.

Reputation Management

Reputation issues now escalate in the public arena more quickly than ever before. We provide reputation and issues management support during these periods of intense scrutiny. Our knowledge of the news media, stakeholder and employee communications ensures you will receive sound communication advice to protect your reputation.

Stakeholder Engagement

Relationship building is a tool that advances an organisation's interests. Even if you don't have an issue you're pursuing, it's critical you are connected and listening. We have significant experience completing stakeholder audits to assess clients' reputations, and developing relationship building programmes to ensure you're connected with decision makers and influencers.

Marketing communication & public information programmes

In the cluttered consumer environment, how do organisations connect with consumers, let alone change their behaviour? We've worked with clients in the transport, horticulture, finance, non-profit and government sectors to influence perceptions and change behaviour through outstanding communications.

Profile raising

Got a message to communicate but not sure where to start? We will craft your message into a punchy story or speech that will resonate with your audience, wherever they are. We have excellent networks with the news media and understand how to use social media to achieve results, not just noise.

Reviews & best practice

Whether you're looking for practical ideas to strengthen your organisation's communication function or looking at an entire overhaul, we can help. We combine our knowledge of best practice with insights on what's worked for other organisations we've worked with. We also draw on our networks to connect you with other organisations who have successfully tackled the challenges you face.


Who we are

Amanda Woodbridge, DIrector

I advise chief executives and senior managers to communicate with the people that matter to them - whether it's policy makers, employees, external stakeholders, or the community.

My skills are in engagement, influence and communication, I've worked on some of New Zealand's most challenging communication projects including ANZ's announcement to offshore nearly 1,000 roles to India, Z's announcement to acquire Chevron's Mobil assets, and significant culture and transformation projects. I've also supported SMEs to revamp their communication and am a regular speaker for the Kellogg Institute on communication best practice.

My job is helping leaders like you identify what success for your business looks like and advising on how to engage and influence to achieve it. Whether it's obtaining profile on a critical issue for your business, managing an issue or influencing decision makers, I'd love to help.

Prior to founding Matai Partners, I was a partner at a nationwide communications agency.

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Kirsty Fyfe, Associate

I have more than 20 years' experience in communications after starting as a newspaper reporter before moving into charity communications then PR agency work.

As a communications consultant in both Wellington and London I have worked on a wide range of projects including corporate, healthcare, industry and arts communications, not-for-profit advocacy, media promotion and public education programmes.

Projects include a public education campaign to reduce fire deaths for the NZ Fire Service; the successful campaign targeting politicians and policy makers to fund the HPV vaccine, Gardasil; promoting the Wellington Fringe Festival; and speech writing and media promotion for the Retirement Commissioner.

I founded Wellington art co-operative ARTrove in 2011 and am an experienced fundraising art exhibition organiser, raising funds for charities including the Child Cancer Foundation and Wellington Free Ambulance.