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Darran Gillies

Acting Director Community Services
Darran Gillies

The Director Community Services is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of social, cultural, tourism and sport and recreation strategy, policies and plans in line with delivery of community services from the following facilities;

  • Napier Conferences and Events
  • Napier Municipal Theatre
  • I-SITE Visitor Information Centre
  • Par 2 Minigolf
  • National Aquarium of New Zealand
  • Kennedy Park Resort
  • Museum Theatre Gallery (MTG)
  • Napier Libraries
  • Retirement Housing
  • Community Centres and Halls
  • McLean Park Stadium
  • Bay Skate
  • Napier Aquatic Centre

The Community Services Directorate is made up of three key functional areas; Visitor Experiences, Community Strategies, and Sport and Recreation.

The Visitor Experiences team is responsible for the promotion and marketing of Council’s tourism and cultural facilities to maximise participation and enjoyment by both visiting locals and tourists to the city’s facilities.  

The Community Strategies team work closely with many government and non-government organisations to develop community strategies, programmes and initiatives that build capacity in the community and enhance youth development, ageing positively, community safety, and inclusivity in our city.

The Sport and Recreation team plans for and develops sports facilities, recreation programmes and opportunities for engaging the community in physical activity and recreation participation.

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