Manager Activation and Events

Canterbury / Waitaha
Full Time
3 weeks ago

Seize the opportunity of a lifetime with a career at Parakiore Recreation & Sport Centre and across Christchurch's fantastic network of Recreation & Sport Facilities.

As the largest facility of its kind in the country, Parakiore will offer world-class aquatic and indoor recreation, sport and leisure facilities for the people of Ōtautahi and attract visitors from across Australasia.

The opportunity for our sport and recreation community partners to book space for their activities and services is going to more than double! Nine more indoor sports courts, three of these can be transformed to a 2,500 seated show court, an Olympic sized lane pool and Dive Well with more than 1,000 spectator capacity, plus so much more!

We will also have heart-pounding hydroslides and dive boards, aquatic sensory experiences, an incredible water adventure playground and splash deck for our littlest visitors, a fully equipped gym and extensive group fitness classes, on-site physiotherapy and massage, cutting-edge high-performance sport, and circo arts, dance and cafes abuzz with social connection.

This amazing facility will open in 2025 and complement the Council network of facilities across Ōtautahi including the Recreation and Sport Centres: Graham Condon, Jellie Park, Matatiki, Pioneer, Taiora QEII, Te Pou Toetoe, and Cowles Stadium.

More People. More Active. More Often. It's what we do.

At Christchurch Recreation, Sport and Events, we get to do something exceptional. It's our job and our privilege to help the people of Christchurch do the things that make us all feel good, healthy and happy every day - building strong hearts, strong whānau and strong communities.

We are now looking for an experienced and dedicated Manager Activation & Events.

About the role

The Manager Activation & Events will:

  • Maximise the participation in recreation and sport centres and stadia by working with community partners to support their use of these amazing facilities - schools, sports and recreation clubs, community groups, regional sports organisations, event organisers & owners and more.
  • The Manager and their team, will allocate the amazing spaces, book the facilities, support the operations with event and activities crew, work alongside event owners to plan great event experiences - all happening in the spaces available at Parakiore and across Council's network of Recreation and Sport Centres in Ōtautahi.
  • During the first twelve months of employment the role will also participate in the final activation and event planning in preparation for the opening of Parakiore.

As a member of our team, you'll have the opportunity to work in this state-of-the-art environment and across the network of facilities, shaping the future of recreation, sport and leisure in New Zealand.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least 7 years' leadership experience in recreation, sports or events related industry.
  • Strong mana whenua, partner and stakeholder management and relationship building skills.
  • Project management experience coordinating several projects simultaneously. Be highly organised and collaborative in your thinking and skills.

Your creativity and leadership will inspire our team to push boundaries, contribute to our operational values and service standard tikanga, delivering experiences that keep our partners coming back for more.


Te Hononga Civic Offices
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8154