Karl Nesbitt

Senior Consultant

I have over 30 years’ experience in the horticulture, parks and open spaces, community facilities and customer service sectors. I have been involved in contract management, business development and quality assurance programs such as Yardstick.

You can contact me for help with

  • Project management
  • Asset management
  • Environmental landscape
  • Open space development
  • Cemeteries and crematoria
  • Community, stakeholder engagement and workshops
  • Tracks and trails
  • Play spaces

My expertise

I seek to build capability, develop partnerships and deliver high quality recreation experiences. I have also been involved in environmental landscape architecture, development of green space frameworks, asset renewals and open space management.  My roles have encompassed parks, recreational facilities, horticulture and turf management, and cemeteries; I delivered local and international webinars to support the Cemeteries and Parks industry and managed the New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective.

In partnership with St Paul’s School, Richmond, I developed an open space plan, including play spaces that reflect the school’s beliefs, cultural values and education goals. It incorporates a vision that integrates cognitive reasoning, physical and social intelligence, and connects to bio diversity, and aligns with the school’s education framework around pedagogy.

I also successfully project managed a range of assignments such as cycleways, trails, bike track, playgrounds, multiple walking tracks and many horticultural planting plans


  • National Certificate Māori Management
  • National Certificate Level 4 Advanced Horticulture
  • National Certificate Level 4 Landscape Construction
  • National Certificate Level 3 Sports Turf
  • Firstline Business Management

Xyst in action

I bring a wide range of experiences and expertise to Xyst and will be supporting projects across Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. I will also be providing workshop opportunities in my capacity as a trainer/presenter for IPWEA training working groups.





We do everything required to create safe, sustainable trails that allow people to enjoy the outdoors without having an impact on the environment

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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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Play Spaces

From redevelopments to new builds, our children need safe, fun play spaces to get them outside for fresh air and exercise

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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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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

Parks Operational Review

After consulting with Maribyrnong City Council’s management and operational staff, the Xyst team identified areas for improvement and operational excellence. Xyst conducted an audit of

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Parks Operational Review

Xyst worked with staff from the Parks and Open Spaces Maintenance Team, along with other departments, to understand how parks maintenance operations are currently performing

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Sportsground Assessment Report

Xyst worked with the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) to understand the City’s sportsground conditions. Areas requiring capital investment were identified, risks were discussed

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Service Delivery Options

Xyst were engaged at short notice to undertake a comprehensive cost comparison of out-sourced maintenance versus in-house operations. The analysis included a 10 year whole

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Donovan Nursery Review

After conducting a thorough review of the information provided by Invercargill City Council (ICC), Xyst went through a comprehensive evaluation of the operational and financial

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