Mark Smith


As a Director I am able to support clients in many ways with my specialities in asset management, procurement, maintenance contract options, service reviews and project management support.

My experience allows me to be flexible in the options I provide for client support. I take a pragmatic and diligent approach to client queries, and having a naturally inquisitive mind, I’m highly adept at finding a variety of solutions for clients.

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My expertise

Prior to joining Xyst, I served the Tauranga City Council for 15 years, most recently in the role of Manager Parks and Recreation where I led the planning for open space and indoor space recreation. I’m recognised nationally as a leader in the delivery of outstanding parks and am acknowledged for my talents in efficient and inclusive delivery of organisational and customer expectations.

I bring outstanding organisational skills to any project, along with a serious pedigree in asset management, procurement and project management. I’m a long-time supporter and previous member of the Parks Advisory Team for Yardstick Parks.


  • Bachelor of Science: Human Geography, Open University
  • Diploma in Geography, Open University

Xyst in action

One memorable and rewarding project was leading the team that created sports fields in a greenfield location. This was in response to growth pressures creating congested parks at peak times and challenges for sports codes to be accommodated in their preferred location.

By initiating a review of the demand and needs analysis, reserve management plan update and being successful in seeking funds at the LTP, we helped to create a new sports park with all associated facilities for the benefit of field sports, passive recreation and play.


Service Delivery

From procuring and managing contractors to the practical implementation of strategic work, we can help you to deliver services efficiently

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Along with Yardstick, our international benchmarking program for local government, if you need research to make good decisions, we can get it for you

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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

Parks Operational Review

After consulting with Maribyrnong City Council’s management and operational staff, the Xyst team identified areas for improvement and operational excellence. Xyst conducted an audit of

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Parks Operational Review

Xyst worked with staff from the Parks and Open Spaces Maintenance Team, along with other departments, to understand how parks maintenance operations are currently performing

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Freedom Camping Review

Xyst was engaged to review the current state of freedom camping in the Ōpōtiki District and provide options and recommendations for the future management of

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Parks User Survey

Xyst carried out surveys within various parks and reserves in the City of Greater Dandenong. These surveys recorded visitor expectations of levels of service and

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