Liz Fowler

Liz Fowler


Liz has been involved in the Parks and Recreation industry since 1988, after completing the Diploma of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Lincoln University from 1986-1988.  Liz has held a number of roles in the local government, including Recreation and Promotions Manager, Contract Manager, Facilities and Marketing Manager for Hastings District Council, Facilities Officer for Tauranga City Council and as a specialist parks and recreation consultant. 


Summary of skills and relevant experience:

 Considerable local government experience, most at a senior level


  • Staff leadership and management


  • Excellent organisational, management and planning skills


  • Proven experience and ability to communicate with all members of the community


  • Written and oral communication skills


  • Computer skills


  • Contract management


  • Facility management


  • Recreation planning




Consultant track record                                                                   1998 to 2006


For client, “The Main Event”:


Helping to organise the following conferences:

  • New Zealand Recreation Conference (300 delegates) held in New Plymouth in 2003
  • Sister City Youth Forum, held in Rotorua (100 delegates), August 2004
  • Rod Tolley, Tauranga Seminar, November 2004


Manukau City Council

Event management, contract development and funding advisory.

Liz worked for Manukau City on a contract basis and carried out the above roles for Manukau Leisure Services.


North Shore City Council

Development of Sportsfield Service Level Agreements.


Hillary Commission for Sport Fitness and Leisure (subsequently called SPARC, now Sport New Zealand)

Development of resource material for local authorities.


New Zealand Recreation Association

Sphere of Influence Study for the Association.


Tauranga District Council                                                                 1996-1998

Contract management, recreation planning, facilities management, project and asset management.


Works Consultancy (now Opus Consultants)                                             1995-1996

This was a short-term contract, managing facility contracts for Tauranga District Council (now Tauranga City).


Hastings District Council                                                                               1992–1995

Promotions and Recreation Manager. This role managed outdoor and indoor recreation facilities, the Hastings Municipal Theatre as well as managing and promoting these facilities.


Wellington City Council                                                                                1992

Bookings Officer and special projects role.


Upper Hutt City Council                                                                               1989-1991

Recreation Officer.  This role included the management of Upper Hutt’s community funding, running special events, liaising with the community in regards to community recreation projects and working with elected members.


Wellington Regional Council                                                                        1988/89

Summer work after completing university.  Role was to set up, promote and run the Belmont Regional Park open day.  This was then a new regional park that had just been developed.