Community Partners

With our strong focus on partnerships, capacity development and a collaborative approach, our partnerships with community based organisations, community groups and other not for profit organisations is absolutely critical to achieving our goals.  We are fortunate to work with some fantastic organisations and groups.


Engineers Without Borders Australia

EWB Australia has worked with us from our inception in 2008. Alongside EWB Australia, we have developed our Mission, Vision and Values and foundational training needed in order to start the EWB movement in New Zealand. Most recently, we have been working together on International Placements in Vanuatu, and the Sanitation in Challenging Environments programme which has ties to the programme EWB Australia runs in Cambodia.

Volunteer Service Abroad

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in international development. We bring together New Zealanders and our Asia-Pacific neighbours to share their skills and experience, working to transform lives and create a fair future for all.

EWBNZ and VSA formed a partnership in July 2017 and have since been working together to support the Vanuatu Government's Department of Water with technical support through field professionals and our Technical Support Hub. VSA and EWBNZ have also worked together previously through organising joint speaker events, quiz nights and one of EWBNZ's conferences.

Live and Learn

Live & Learn is a network of non-governmental organisations who work with communities throughout Asia and the Pacific to design, implement and learn from community-based development projects. The projects are specific to each community and cover a number of thematic programme areas. These include:

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene,
  • Sustainable use of biodiversity,
  • Environmental governance,
  • Natural resource-based conflict management and peace building,
  • Understanding climate change,
  • Sustainable energy options,
  • Community-based waste reduction and management,
  • Human rights, and
  • Community disaster prevention and preparedness.

EWBNZ has been supporting Live and Learn since 2014 with a Sanitation Marketing programme in the Pacific.  Our role has been the provision of field professionals to spend time in their Vanuatu office, developing the capacity of Live and Learn staff. This has included technical support with construction, documentation and training as well as providing regular updates to stakeholders.

Wawan Fonhall Development Council

The Wawan Fonhall Development Council is a volunteer group run solely by women in North-east Ambrym, Vanuatu.  The council is responsible for managing community issues with its primary objective being to improve the water and sanitation conditions for local communities.

In 2012, EWBNZ partnered with Wawan Fonhall Development Council to help build accessible rainfall retention structures to improve water supply for two villages in North Ambrym thus eliminating the need for local to walk large distances to get water from the closest spring when rainwater tanks run dry during the dry season.  In the four years that followed and 3000 volunteer hours later, four 10 000L rainwater harvesting systems have been successfully constructed.

Avon-Otakaro Network

Avon-Otakaro Network is a network of individuals and organisations dedicated to the creation of an ecological reserve and multipurpose river park in the Avon-Otakaro river and the surrounding red zone land.

EWBNZ is currently working with Avon-Otakaro on the Mahinga Kai Exemplar project.  Our partnership began in 2014, when a team from EWBNZ provided a hydraulic model of the Lake Kate Sheppard waterway complex, which was degraded by earthquakes in the area. This work provided important information for design considerations as part of the Mahinga Kai Exemplar project. The lake is a critical link between Avon-Otakaro River and Travis Wetland which was developed as a tidal flush pump and inanga spawning site while providing a role in flood mitigation.

Rotary Waitakere

Rotary is an organisation of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  The Rotary Waitakere Club is based in West Auckland and supports projects within a district that included West Auckland, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

In 2015 EWBNZ provided detailed design work for a water catchment structure to be installed in Vanuatu, in an area that that sustained widespread hurricane damage.

Australian Red Cross

A humanitarian organisation that provides relief in times of crisis locally in Australia as well as globally. Relief initiative includes providing food, shelter, medical assistance as well as emotional support.

In 2013, EWBNZ carried out a research project to assist Red Cross with the improvement of water quality in Ambrym, Vanuatu through the removal of fluoride via natural and economically sustainable methods.

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with people of goodwill and families in need of housing, to eliminate sub-standard housing.

In 2013, EWBNZ provided a geotechnical assessment, preliminary foundation design and associated costing for a property owned by Habitat for Humanity that had sustained damage in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Women in Business Development Incorporated

Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI) is a non-governmental organisation, operating since 1991 in Samoa which is dedicated to strengthening village economies by empowering and equipping rural families to cultivate sustainable business while facilitating trade with Global and regional partners

In 2013, EWBNZ in conjunction with the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology partnered WIBDI in the establishment of two fourth year research projects aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of banana drying procedure in Samoa.

Te Whanau a Apanui hapu

The Kaitiakitanga Community Energy Project has objective of realising the economic, health, employment and environmental benefits through the development and delivery of sustainable energy and energy efficiency programmes to the hapu of Te Whanau a Apanui in the Bay of Plenty.

In 2013, EWBNZ partnered with the Hikurangi Foundation and Kaitiakitanga Community Energy Project to create a Design Odyssey Challenge to scope and design a sustainable community energy generation system specific to the 3 hapu of Te Whanua- a- Apanui.

Ākina Foundation (Formerly Hikurangi Foundation)

The Ākina Foundation supports people and organisations that have ideas to drive positive social or environmental change through social enterprise – purpose-driven organisations that trade to deliver social and environmental impact.

In 2013, EWBNZ partnered with the Hikurangi Foundation and Kaitiakitanga Community Energy Project to create a Design Odyssey Challenge to scope and design a sustainable community energy generation system specific to the 3 hapu of Te Whanua- a- Apanui.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu the tribal council, was established by the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Act 1996 to be the tribal servant, protecting and advancing the collective interests of the iwi.

In 2012, as part of the Odyssey Design Challenge, EWBNZ partnered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Independent Water Scheme Association

Formed in 2008, the Independent Water Scheme Association (IWSA) is a non-governmental organisation that represents and provides assistance to 32 independent water schemes covering 53 villages in Samoa.

EWBNZ has been working with IWSA since its formation, providing engineering support for the development of water schemes and their ability to sustainably provide clean, safe affordable water to communities which included a 9-month placement in Samoa in 2011.

World Vision Vanuatu

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.  The first Vanuatu office opened in 1980.

In 2008 EWBNZ provide consulting support on the development water infrastructure on the Tanna island which included a visit to the island by 8 members to carry out an assessment and design a water scheme upgrade for the Ivankula region of the island.