What We Do

We support local government and other agencies in the sustainable planning and management of parks, open space and public facilities, to create better towns and cities in which to live and play.

We also partner with industry organisations to develop and deliver latest best practice solutions, tools and training. These include NZRA, IPWEA, World Urban Parks, ARPA, BCRPA, PRO and OPA.

Xyst has offices and works throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. 

To see a sample of some of our latest work you can view our recent projects page here.

Latest News

Michele Frey

High Performance director and athlete

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  • Xyst’s Principal Environmental Consultant, Michele Frey, is featured in the Inspiring Directors Spotlight on the Institute of Directors’ current news and articles page.  Read more about Michele’s achievements, mantra and professional focus here.

Xyst Young Leaders Scholarship

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  • Generate NZ and Xyst have an awesome scholarship opportunity for an up and coming leader to develop their professional career.  To apply, download and submit the Application Form to the address provided within the document: Xyst Young Leaders – application for scholarship
  • To read more about the benefits such as mentoring, support and gaining ARPro accreditation download the Information Sheet: Xyst Young Leaders – scholarship Information
  • Applications close 29 March 2019



Xyst Australia is recruiting!

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  • Xyst Australia is seeking a senior consultant who is experienced in parks/open space management and planning, who will help support and grow the consultancy business and reputation.
  • The person will have a broad range of knowledge and practical skills associated with parks/open spaces management, that ideally covers the holistic disciplines of parks planning, asset management and operations.
  • If this sounds like you, then please contact us now for a copy of the job description

IPWEA Practice Note 10.4 – Service Delivery – now available

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Xyst has been engaged by IPWEA to prepare a series of Practice Notes (PN) for parks management. The purpose of the PN’s is to provide sector specific practical guidance to implement the principles of the International Infrastructure Management Manual.

Practice Note 10.4 is designed to provide practical, parks specific management advice and guidance. It uses best practice principles combined with industry examples to implement parks management tasks in the areas of:

  • Service delivery planning
  • Service reviews
  • Service delivery specifications
  • Quality management
  • Contract management
  • Maintenance planning
  • Financial requirements for operations and maintenance
  • Documenting the above information in the lifecycle management section of the asset management plan

PN 10.4 is available from the IPWEA website bookstore www.ipwea.org/publications/bookshop


Park Bench


Plan preparation, data management and collection.

Planning Policy


Parks and open space strategy and management plans.



Contract preparation, tender mangement and auditing.

Training Services


Workshops, seminars and online training.

Performance Tools


Parks and recreation user surveying.

Performance Tools


Monitor and report on usage and levels of service being achieved.



Award winning, unique lighting skills and expertise.

Performance Tools


Top to bottom analysis of the business for excellence in service delivery.


Xyst is proud to be associated with the following industry organisations for the delivery of training and benchmarking services.

Global Benchmarking

Our benchmarking tools deliver “need to know” information for your business to inform your decision making and improve your service delivery.

Global Benchmarking

Our Clients

Australian Clients

New Zealand Clients

Company Values

Knowledge – We apply considerable shared, broad-based knowledge to the three key sectors of parks and community facilities services i.e. asset management, strategic planning and operations. This allows us to provide a genuinely holistic approach. The industry norm is for specialist knowledge in one sector only.

Understanding – Our combined knowledge and complementary skills in the public sector mean we have a greater understanding of client requirements and the industry environment. This means more insightful solutions to customer needs.

Practicality Our knowledge and understanding are applied to create well-grounded solutions able to be implemented via useful, practical, steps.

Leadership – Our personnel are industry leaders recognised by their peers. We produce leading edge, award-winning products and outputs.

Service – We deliver a successful conclusion and promise only what we can deliver. Our experience guarantees the ability to deliver a successful conclusion.

Selwyn District Council has utilised the services of Xyst for a number of projects over the last couple of years. This has included assistance with developing sections of the Community Facilities Activity Management Plan. Xyst are genuine experts in this area and have provided high quality input to this plan that has made it both more useful and readable. Xyst have recently provided advisory services on sports field lighting for a major sports park development project in the district. We found their technical expertise in this field to be very useful in making the right decisions on significant capital investment. Xyst have also carried out parks contract audits for us and produced informative reports and analysis of the results.

Mark Rykers, Selwyn District Council

Xyst have assisted Waikato District Council with the formulation of documents, which assist in setting the strategic framework and asset management of the parks and open spaces that the Council administers. These include Reserves Act Management Plans, a Parks Strategy; Activity Management Plan for the LTP and asset focused work such as the Playground Strategy. Xyst have impressed with their industry knowledge and add huge value to these projects, helping to set up Waikato District with a strategic direction for parks which has not been previously clear.

Andrew Corkill, Waikato District Council

The three primary benefits of our association with Xyst and Yardstick has been: 1) meeting and collaborating with the best people in the parks business - Chris and Brian have been an invaluable resource in supporting and implementing asset management strategies in our organization; 2) meeting and sharing in the collective knowledge with other international Yardstick members including Helsinki and Dublin, and 3) providing a standardized framework to evaluate our existing AM system with other like-minded organizations and using the results to establish a clear line-of-sight for on-going improvement.

Todd Reichardt

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