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Public Spaces are for Everyone to Enjoy!

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  • Some of the Xyst staff took time out of the office to enjoy this new pop-up green spaces initiative from Napier City Council; the flower bombing of different locations, starting with a colourful Valentine’s Day installation in the city centre.

New Book Contributor – Philippa Mackay

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  • Civil Society and Social Movements in Food System Governance is a new book out now, offering insights into the governance of contemporary food systems and their ongoing transformation by social movements.  And our very own Pip Mackay has contributed to a section on Searching for Fit?  Institution building and local action for food system change in Dunedin, NZ.  Have a quick peek here.
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

Advancing Natural Asset Management : IPWEA 2018 Annual Parks Seminars from the 29th October- register NOW.

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Advancing Natural Asset Management

The recent IPWEA 2018 annual parks seminars focused on the following topics:

  • Valuation of living assets – Obtain clarity on a topic that continues to generate significant debate- often mixed with an element of confusion!
  • Learn what you can do, what you should do and how you can do it
  • Incorporating living assets into your asset register
  • Renewal planning and the role of condition and performance assessment
  • Applying asset management planning techniques to bush/natural areas
  • Preparing levels of service for living assets including bush areas
  • Preparing service specifications for living assets
  • Leveraging resources for natural areas from wider environmental benefits

If you would like this seminar delivered to your team at your location, please contact us now


Milford Opportunities Project: Xyst in partnership with Opus has been selected to undertake the Project Management

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Xyst in partnership with Opus has been selected to undertake the Project Management for the Milford Opportunities Project.

The ultimate outcome of the project is to produce a masterplan for the future of Milford Sound and its corridor that will enhance them and Fiordland National park as key NZ visitor ‘icons providing a ‘world class’ visitor experience.

The following links provides background information about the project:

New project management team for Milford Opportunities

The project involves multiple agencies that have an interest and are stakeholders in future planning and development of opportunities associated with Milford growth including: Southland District Council (SDC), Department of Conservation (DOC), New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), Iwi, Milford Sound Tourism ((MST) – formerly the Milford Sound Development Authority (MDA)), Environment Southland (ES), Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Ministry of Transport (MOT), Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM).

Stewart Island International Dark Sky application

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Readings conducted on the island by Xyst Consulting have confirmed the sky quality is suitable for achieving dark sky status, and is comparable with current conditions on Great Barrier Island.

In order to achieve Dark Sky Sanctuary status, the island must use LED street lights of no higher than 3000k, which the Southland District Council is addressing with their LED replacement programme. ​

Along with the testing, Venture Southland also polled residents to gather their views on the subject.

Support for the initiative was strong, with 79 of the 90 people surveyed supporting the plans.

Community leaders on Stewart Island also expressed their support for the proposal.

Xyst welcomes Michele Frey to the team:

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We are delighted to announce that the highly talented and experienced environmental and recreation practitioner, Michele Frey has joined the Xyst team.

Michele is an experienced environmental and recreation practitioner. She has broad consultancy experience ranging from national tourism research, parks, conservation and recreation strategy and asset management to lead roles in feasibility studies for sports facility developments, major recreation assessments and recreation strategies. She was elected to the Board of the NZ Recreation Association in 2015 and as its Deputy Chair in 2016.

Michele’s qualifications include a Master of Applied Science, Major in Environmental Management; and a Certificate in Science & Technology, Landscape Design.

Michele latest challenging adventure was taking part in the pursuit event of multisport adventure race, Godzone.

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National Open Space Maintenance Specification

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Scope of the project

In consultation with a sector wide working group made up of both councils and contractors, Xyst has  lead the development of standard specifications for typical parks and open space service delivery. While councils are likely to be the primary users, the specifications are available to and of value to any owners or managers of open spaces such as schools, rest homes, correctional facilities, defence force bases, hospitals and road side areas. The specifications are applicable to a range of service delivery models, providing a library of standard tasks and actions suitable for all service levels. The specifications include known and accepted standards of maintenance, so will not be guilty of yet again reinventing the wheel.


Standard specifications will provide time and cost savings both for council personnel drafting contracts and contractors tendering for contracts and delivering services. Consistent application and understanding of service standards will ensure all parties have realistic expectations. Making the resource available free of charge will hopefully ensure a wide uptake across the country. The contractors who have contributed so willingly and openly to the development of the specifications will know and understand with certainty what level of service is actually required and be able to price this more accurately and efficiently.


Levels of Service

Much thought has been given to how as a sector we should deal with different levels of service. Most of the specifications will have at least three service levels to cover standards of maintenance or service delivery from basic to premium. For certain types of assets we have identified that there simply is only one level of service applicable. As an example rose gardens and annual bedding have only one standard of service. For other assets where various levels of service can be applied and chosen by the specifier, a service level is indicated by a star rating system similar to hotel ratings for ease of understanding by the infrequent user.


The National Open Space Specification document is available directly from Xyst or the NZ Recreation Association.