Nicki Malone

Senior Consultant

I am a highly experienced open space and local government professional, with more than 15 years’ experience in open space planning, including reserve management, master and concept planning, capital work programme development, project planning and management and community engagement.

I have experience in developing relationships and partnering with mana whenua.

You can contact me for help with

  • Sport and recreational planning
  • Reserve management planning
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Project management of concept plans and master plans
  • Undertaking parks and reserves management assessments
  • Play spaces
  • Community infrastructure and park strategies
  • Open space planning
  • Needs assessments
  • Research
  • Amenities and facilities
  • CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

My expertise

Most recently, my parks, recreation and community engagement roles positioned me as project lead for omnibus reserve management planning support for Auckland Council (including over 1,000 parks), community needs assessment for Eke Panuku and open space and community facility planning support for Suburban Railway Loop project in Melbourne.  I have good working knowledge of the Reserves Act which enables me to provide a valuable balance between the needs of the community and the legislative requirements.

I have also been involved in providing advice and resources on ecological restoration, pest control and volunteer programmes along with development of annual work programmes for parks renewals and assessment of potential parks acquisitions.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science

  • NZ Certificate Tikana (Matauranga Māori)

  • NZ Certificate Te Reo Māori (Papa Reo)

  • IAP2 Certificate

  • Zenergy The Art of Facilitation

  • Certificate CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)


  • Recreation Aotearoa member
  • Accredited Recreation Professional, ARPro

Xyst in action

I am passionate about bringing the voice of communities to the centre of every project, through innovative and effective engagement, using my collaborative approach, solutions focus and organisational skills to consistently produce high quality outcomes.


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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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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My Projects