My primary role is to manage the team at Xyst’s Napier office and to assist our other consultants to bring innovative, best practice solutions for our clients. I have deep knowledge across the key areas of Xyst’s services and share it for our collective benefit. I’m the go-to guy for technical issues and problem solving.
I have a knack for quickly finding alternative solutions and applying them to our client needs. My independent lighting design services are sought after for astro-tourism initiatives, and sports and park lighting projects across New Zealand.
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I started my career in parks working a summer job at Nelson Lakes National Park before studying parks, recreation and tourism at university. After a winter in Antarctica and counting reindeer in the arctic I spent eight years with DOC as a recreation planner developing facilities in Fiordland.
I moved to local government holding senior open space planning, service delivery and general manager roles in community services for 17 years in Auckland and Queenstown. Over this time, I developed specialisations in lighting design, procurement, project management, contract management and strategy and planning.
My broad background and knowledge in recreation, tourism and community planning have been invaluable in helping our clients deliver great outcomes for their communities over the last ten years.
- Diploma in Parks and Recreation Management, Lincoln University
- Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science and Technology (Lighting), Massey University
- Certificate in Infrastructure Procurement Level 6
- Accredited Recreation Professional (ARPro)
- Certified International Parks Professional (CIPP)
- Tech IESANZ (Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand)
Xyst in action
The management of freedom camping has been one of the most challenging issues facing some communities over the last 20 years. With a wide range of highly emotive views on the matter, many communities have struggled to cope with the unprecedented demand for freedom camping opportunities.
I represented Queenstown Lakes District Council and the New Zealand Recreation Association on the first national Freedom Camping Forum and contributed to the development of the Freedom Camping Act. I developed Queenstown’s first Freedom Camping policy and subsequent camping strategies including implementation of initiatives such as consistent signage, self-containment messaging and facility development. Many of these initiatives have been adopted nationwide.
While Queenstown’s approach to freedom camping has been unpopular with some, it has served Queenstown well and protected local recreation opportunities and the environment.