Anne Relling


To assist councils and other agencies, I work with them to complete strategic and asset planning to help meet the recreational and open space needs of their communities. I also undertake project management on behalf of councils to implement actions identified in their long-term plans.

It’s important to understand every client’s needs. That’s why we do extensive research, seek and incorporate stakeholder feedback, and develop project plans, recommendations and strategic plans as required to find practical, actionable and achievable solutions.

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My expertise

My experience has included working for the Department of Conservation as a recreation planner, Walkways Project Manager at Queenstown Lakes District and being self-employed as a consultant. The latter involved a feasibility study for a multi-use overnight track, coordination of a wetland restoration community partnership project, and audits of both school and Council playgrounds.

I first trained as a Play Inspector in 2008 and since then have developed a keen interest in the provision of quality play areas which are accessible to everyone in our communities. In my time at Queenstown, I managed many trail construction projects from seed idea, to working with private landowners, the consents process, contract management and final sign-off. My time with Xyst has broadened my experience to include many projects on cemeteries, public toilets and campgrounds.


  • Diploma of Parks and Recreation Management, Lincoln University

  • Playsafe Training, RPII Level 2 Playground Repairs, Maintenance and Inspections
  • Registered Play Inspector International Level 2

Xyst in action

We always seek to improve open spaces for people, sustainability, the environment and community well-being. I have enjoyed the challenge of acting as the interim Trail Manager for the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which has provided challenges, but has been very rewarding.

The role required multi-tasking including safety, marketing, promotion, merchandise, a Partner programme and funding. The health and welfare benefits for participants are huge, whether they are locals going out for a short ride, or a visitor completing the full 310km journey. The project has also had a flow-on effect to improve the community along the Trail with money spent on tour operators, transport, accommodation, food and activities.



We do everything required to create safe, sustainable trails that allow people to enjoy the outdoors without having an impact on the environment

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Play Spaces

From redevelopments to new builds, our children need safe, fun play spaces to get them outside for fresh air and exercise

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With the growing demand for land and space, we can provide you with efficient strategies and solutions for managing cemeteries

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From design and planning to maintenance, we can help to ensure people have a great experience when they enjoy your campgrounds and facilities

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Asset Management

Having accurate information about assets allows you to make practical, workable decisions about maintaining and developing community spaces

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My Projects

Play Strategy

Xyst was commissioned to develop a Play Strategy for the Mackenzie District Council, the region has a modest population of around 8000 residents but welcomes

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Public Toilets Strategy

The Mackenzie District Council engaged Xyst to conduct a comprehensive review of the provision of Public Toilets in the District and to formulate a strategy.

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Milford Opportunities Project

Milford Sound Piopiotahi is one of New Zealand’s most popular visitor attractions and iconic destinations in the world. 870,000 visitors went to Milford Sound Piopiotahi

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Parks & Facilities Management

Xyst was brought on board after a thorough risk and performance evaluation of the Mackenzie District Council’s parks and community facilities operations. Xyst was then

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Cemetery Management Review

We reviewed the Council’s current bylaw, policy, standard operating procedures, forms, website and processes and practices. We have examined the Council’s current cemetery management module

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