I am passionate about our sector and making a difference. I always produce work to the best of my ability and take the client on the journey with me. I like to positively challenge thinking and the way things have always been done to continually seek better solutions.
My role involves working with a variety of clients across the country and assisting with their needs in the parks and recreation sector. We are generally engaged by clients who have limited internal capacity or require our unique skills and expertise.
I also undertake strategic planning work, policy development, research, analysis and report writing. Xyst is also a part of Toitū, a carbon and environmental programme which measures, monitors and sets goals to improve the company’s carbon footprint.
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I have completed a Bachelors of Sport and Recreation Management and a Masters of Applied Science majoring in Parks and Recreation Management from Lincoln University. I’ve always worked in outdoor and recreation spaces, including serving as a lifeguard and receptionist at various aquatic centres, and working for the Auckland Council and Napier City Council before coming to Xyst.
In my spare time, I guide secondary school students on multi-day hikes to assist them towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. I’ve also completed Te Reo Māori, Level 2, at the Eastern Institute of Technology (2020) and Tikanga Māori (2021) through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
- Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management, Lincoln University
- Master of Applied Science (Parks, Sport and Recreation), Lincoln University
- Te Reo Māori, Level 2, Eastern Institute of Technology
- Tikanga Māori, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
- Accredited Recreation Professional (ARPro)
Xyst in action
Xyst understands the importance of community engagement in any project, large or small, and the ability to deliver results when circumstances change. I was proud to assist a client with a Māori community art project as the ‘middle-person’ between the community group and the client. Our community group engaged an artist who worked with the community to develop a meaningful design.
As the project evolved, the cost to produce the artwork was beyond the client’s budget. Considering tikanga and the community involvement, simplifying the artist’s design was not a desired outcome for anyone. We worked together to seek external funding to complete the project, ensuring we achieved the desired outcome for the community, artist and client.