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Liz Fowler

Recreation, Sport Administration and Event Specialist

Liz has been involved in the recreation industry for 30 years.  This has been in local government including community advisor roles and senior management roles, as a specialist parks and recreation consultant and in event management including running National Sporting Events and National conferences.

Outside of work Liz enjoys tramping, cycling and skiing, walking Tui the dog, cooking and family time.

Areas of expertise
  • Contract management 

  • Facility management 

  • Recreation planning 

  • Excellent organisational, management and planning skills 

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


  • Considerable Local Government experience 

  • Written and oral communication skills

  • Computer skills 

  • Event and sport management  

  • Staff leadership and management

  • Funding management and administration

Voluntary Positions
  • Committee member – Kayaking Tauranga – 3 years

  • Chairman of Canoe Slalom BOP – 2 years

  • International Canoe Federation – Level 1
    International Canoe Slalom judge - current

  • Conference convener – NZRA Central Region

  • Canoe Slalom Bay of Plenty – judge - Regional events and New Zealand Secondary Schools - current

  • President of Whakamarama & Districts Kindergarten (2 years)

  • Member of Omokoroa Playcentre. (4 years)

  • Board Member, Tauranga Regional Free Kindergarten Association (2 years)

  • Tutor – Reading Assistance Programme, Omokoroa Point School

  • Secretary and Treasurer for Omokoroa Football Club – 4 years

  • Secretary – Omokoroa Pahoia Sea Scouts – 2 years.

  • Assessment Committee Member – Hillary Commission Community Sport Fund. Three year appointment, Tauranga District Council.


2013 to present

Director – Thrive Spaces and Places (previously Geoff Canham Consulting) 

Running the above consultancy, administration, accounts, contract management.


Event Director:

2017 and 2019  

New Zealand Secondary Schools Whitewater Championships.


2017 to present 

AIMS Games, Canoe Slalom Event Director.


2014 to 2015

Conference Organiser – NZILA 2015 National Conference   

Working with the conference committee to help and co-ordinate the NZILA 2015 National Conference being held in Rotorua in March, 2015.


2007 to 2013

Sports coordinator - Katikati College

Employed in a part time role for 25 hours per week running all the sport co-ordination for Years 7-13 at Katikati College.  This involved managing sports teams, coordinating events within the school, administration of sports activities, managing of lunchtime sports, working with students, parents, staff and the wider community.


1998 to 2006


Organise the following conferences in conjunction with Event company “The Main Event”


  • 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.


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

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



Works Consultancy (now Opus Consultants)

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



Hastings District Council

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  

Bookings Officer and Special Projects.



Upper Hutt City Council

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

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.

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