Alison Rawley

Senior Consultant

My key responsibility is project management of the Yardstick suite of benchmarking tools. This involves regular updates to the online tools on the Yardstick website, development of new survey and benchmark projects for clients, technical support, data analysis and reporting. It also involves liaison with partner industry organisations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and occasional intercept surveying.

In addition to Yardstick, I am engaged in a wide range of consultancy projects with local authority clients on projects such as Reserves Act decision making processes, parks maintenance specifications, operations contract performance auditing, tree inventories, tree and vegetation maintenance plans, levels of service documents and observational studies.

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My expertise

Prior to joining Xyst, I had 30 years’ experience in local government parks operations, planning, asset management, policy development and administration. During that time, I developed expertise in the Reserves Act and its processes, reserve land administration, report preparation and presentation, and policy development. This was all underpinned with a good working knowledge of parks operations processes.


  • Bachelor of Horticultural Science (Hons 1st Class), Massey University
  • Cert. in Adult Teaching
  • Traffic Control Management, Level 1 Basic TC
  • Quantified Tree Risk Assessment System – Registered User

Xyst in action

I’ve had many challenging projects during my career in parks and recreation. One highlight was the production of omnibus management plans for all reserves in the Rotorua Lakes District. I completed three omnibus plans, including over 200 separate reserves, over several years for Urban reserves, Rural reserves and Township reserves. These were reserve areas gifted to the Crown by Ngati Whakaue.

The first management plan commenced in 1994 was one of the first major omnibus plans produced in New Zealand. It was referred to as an example of good practice in the Reserves Act Guide of 1998. Benefits to the community included consistent treatment of reserves, clear objectives and policies for their future management, and having all the information in one place for easy reference.



The management of trees and the urban forest is vital to mitigating the effects of climate change and to the health and wellbeing of communities

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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

Glyphosate Use Review

Xyst captured and analysed glyphosate use across the various business units of the Council including Science and the Environment, Transport, Forestry, Utilities and Parks. We

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Nelson Camping Hub

The Council resolved to provide a central service hub for campers visiting Nelson. Xyst identified potential sites and negotiated a lease for a disused petrol

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Event Resource Consent

Xyst prepared a resource consent application for Gisborne District Council, including AEE for the events cross referenced against the requirements of Te Papa Tipu Taunaki

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Contract Performance Auditing

Nelson City Council engaged Xyst to carry out contract performance auditing. Xyst has developed an inspection template using a mobile app that allows performance against

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Trail Survey

In early 2022 Yarra Ranges Council engaged Xyst to undertake a performance assessment of three shared use trails: the Lilydale Lake Trail, the Lilydale to

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