We’re not about doing the same things day in and day out. Come to Third Bearing if you need help charting a new direction – whether that is fresh thinking to find the way, or assistance guiding your organisation to where it's needed.

  • Who We Are

    Company Overview

    Achieving new results means embarking in new directions, all built on new insights. Our role is to provide you with the crucial Third Bearing to help you identify your position and plot the course to success. Because we’re accomplished managers, advisors and business people in our own right, we know what it takes to get you where you want to be.


    Third Bearing provides business skills, resources and experience to enable organisations to improve performance, realise their potential and exceed their goals. We specialise in the tricky situations, helping you navigate complexity and achieve the change needed.


    Our business is built on trust, reliability, experience and capability. We're hands-on, we're all in, and we understand the importance of seeing projects through to completion.

  • Our Team

    Our skilled directors and consultants have extensive experience as successful chief executives, general managers, company owners, independent advisors and consultants. We also work with a number of skilled associates and maintain an extensive business network, allowing us to tailor our core expertise with the skill sets needed to meet your challenges.

    Peter Askey


    Peter’s background is in contracted services with over 15 years' in senior management to general manager level, holding a number of directorships. He’s highly experienced in working in competitive markets, understanding the dynamics of creating the necessary business culture and managing resources to achieve both customer value and profitable outcomes.



    Christopher Boyle


    Christopher has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and England in service delivery, customer strategies, change management, & leadership coaching. An experienced facilitator and organisational consultant, Chris has held general management and acting CEO positions as well as directorships in both not for profit and publically listed companies.



    Derek Walker


    Derek is an experienced company director and senior executive with over 20 years' in senior management to CEO level. He has led major transformational change initiatives in several organisations, and been involved in the negotiation and implementation of several mergers, acquisitions and major projects. Derek is our governance and strategic development guru.



    Tyson Schmidt


    Tyson is Ngati Porou and Te Aitanga a Hauiti. His background includes Ministers’ Offices, The Treasury, Building & Housing, UCOL’s senior management, and the Office of the Auditor-General. Tyson takes a design approach to strategy and change, matching this with his policy, economic and financial analysis skills to generate insights.



    Jeremy Campbell


    Jeremy’s background is in local government and the education sector. Most recently he was the Director, Analytics & Insights for UCOL with a focus on business development and business improvement. Prior to this Jeremy had project management and business analyst roles for Rayonier NZ (Whanganui based) and Wellington City Council.



  • What We Do

    Third Bearing’s services are tailored to suit your situation. We don’t blindly apply models without considering your unique context, goals and challenges. Our team’s skills and experience means we know how to make this work in medium to large businesses, local government, or central government environments.

    Change, Improvement & Growth

    Staying still is not an option in today’s environment. We are skilled at planning and implementing change projects, as well as continuous improvement and business development projects.

    Data & Design

    Customer-centric approaches can transform your strategy and service delivery, especially when this is backed up by rigorous analytics. We can help communicate this well, beyond spreadsheets and pie charts.

    Economic & Financial Analysis

    From big picture economic analyses, to investment cases and feasibility studies – we have the horsepower and experience to do the thinking and number crunching with you or for you.

    Governance & Management

    Our governance expertise can help ensure you are headed in the right direction and achieving results, and our management advice, mentoring and support assists you in implementing the strategy.

  • Projects

    Central Government

    Change + Policy + Data

    We’ve undertaken projects for small and large central government clients, helping them manage through change, cracking tricky policy issues with them, and using data to understand the likely impacts of proposals.

    Local Government

    Change + Operations + Projects

    Our local government work sees us helping Councils and associated organisations undertake change management, grapple with operational management matters, and ensure successful project management and delivery.

    Business & Community

    Governance + Planning + Initiatives

    Medium to large businesses, educational providers, trusts and community groups have called on us to help structure their activities, facilitate the development of their vision, strategy and action plans, and carry out economic and financial assessments such as business cases and feasibility studies.

  • Get In Touch

    Third Bearing Limited

    P O Box 1073
    21 Dairy Farm Road
    Palmerston North, New Zealand

    T +64 6 952 5585 F +64 6 952 5589
    E direction@thirdbearing.co.nz

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