We’re big-picture thinkers, relationship builders and idea generators.


Lizi Guest

Managing Director

Lizi is an industry-recognised public relations consultant and founder of Little Kōwhai. With a decade of experience working across regional New Zealand- including agency and in-house roles, Lizi knows her stuff.

Over her career, Lizi has worked for local, national and international companies including Palmerston North City Council, the Central Economic Development Agency, Hino Trucks Ltd, Massey University, UCOL, Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and the MidCentral District Health Board.

Lizi specialises in community engagement, strategy development and content creation and has an extensive network across New Zealand which she leverages for her clients.

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Nicola Johnston

Marketing and Communications Advisor

Nicola is a marketing and communications extraordinaire who loves content creation and community engagement.

With a Bachelor of Communication from Massey University, Nicola has worked in education and local government - honing her ability to understand complex issues and communicate concisely. Approaching her one year anniversary with Little Kōwhai, Nicola has been integral to the success of projects including the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council District Plan review, the National Driver Training Centre, and the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust.

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Lucy Burt

Project Co-ordinator

With a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Massey University, and experience working in the not-for-profit sector - Lucy is the perfect mix of people and process. Alongside managing our projects, accounts and workflow, Lucy is the super-mum of an eight-year-old daughter and works part-time for the Community Services Council in Palmerston North.

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Beyond the team

We work with trusted friends and partners, including Two Sides Copywriting, Daniel O’Regan Strategic Communications, Little Digital Co, Blacksheepdesign, Jemma Cheer Design Studio and other top-notch specialists as needed.


Giving back

Want to intern with us?

We’re big on helping industry newbies.
If that’s you, let us know.

Not-for-profit speaking and training

We’re dedicated to upskilling organisations who do great things for their communities. 
If your charity, community group or organisation could use some words of advice, get in touch for a chat about whether we can help.


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