Times like this require new and creative ways of thinking.

At CHQ we will help you build resilience and solve problems using proven tools and methodologies. We are part of Wellington's council organisations.

We'll help you…

Transform the way you work, creating a positive impact on your business and your customers.

Create meaningful connections with your customers through empathetic and values-driven engagement.

Raise you and your teams' capability with immersive learning experiences in innovation methodologies like co-design and design thinking.

Dare to take known risks that result in solutions that drive change.

Certificate in applied innovation

The Certificate is made up of five, five-hour workshops: foundation; discovery, market potential, ideation and build-measure-learn. Attend one workshop or sign up for the whole lot. If you complete all five workshops, you’ll receive a Certificate in Applied Innovation.

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We work with central, local and international government agencies to transform services for citizens. All of our services can be offered remotely. Our services include co-designgovernment innovation, fast and efficient policy design, and remote working workshops.


We help large enterprises reimagine their products and services, and help implement internal innovation programmes. Our services include resilience workshopscorporate problem-solvingfast and efficient project deliverysolution-finding and remote working workshops. 


Take part in immersive and experiential learning experiences that will build skills in innovation methodologies that can be applied to any workplace. Sharpen your skills and add new future skills to your skillset like Agile in practice and co-design.

Our services include Innovation WorkshopsNano Degrees in Innovation and the T7 Masterclass. All programmes have options for remote delivery.


Through our startup brand, Lightning Lab, we give entrepreneurs the discipline they need to turn great ideas into successful companies.

By 2025, we will have trained and upskilled 25,000 people in creating transformative work.

What people say about us

"They brought their people and experience, they brought processes and systems and they have helped us to create an understanding of how we are going to operate."

Jeannine Walsh, New Ventures Manager at Beca

"Using Creative HQ has been key to the success of getting the most out of our employees and I would really recommend it to anyone." 

Carlienne MacQueen, Programme Manager at Fonterra

"I would recommend Creative HQ because in a very short time you get the opportunity to get to validate whether your solution is something people actually value."

Felicity Bonham, Innovation and Partnership Manager at Janssen

"They got us quite quickly, and I really love the fresh thinking that they brought."

Fiona MacMillan, General Manager Corporate Communications at Sanford

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