Job Vacancies

Group Manager Corporate Services

Westland “The Last Best Place”
Multi Faceted Financial Leadership Role
Professional Challenge and Lifestyle Rewards

Nature has endowed the Westland District with scenery that is stunning, spectacular, varied and ever changing, with 80% of the land now being under Department of Conservation stewardship.  Based in Hokitika, the Westland District Council is the territorial authority for over 11,800 km² of spectacular scenery stretching 440km from North to South.  The region enjoys a proud history and the Council has strong engagement with a community of over 8,000 residents, with 3,000 residing in Hokitika. 

The Group Manager Corporate Services is a key member of the executive team, reporting to the Chief Executive and supporting the Elected Members.  The role’s broad ranging responsibilities encompass Financial Management, Treasury, Information Technology, Customer Services and Corporate Planning with 4 direct reports providing support across those functions.  Accordingly the role is involved across the broad range of Council operational activities and capital projects.

Candidates will have a relevant tertiary and CA qualification along with proven financial leadership experience and the know how to lead the broad range of corporate services functions.  You will bring the talent to inspire and motivate your multidisciplinary team and a customer-centric approach to support the Council’s ethos to serve its community.  Prior experience in local or central government is a positive, but certainly not a deal breaker. 

The rewards are clear - attractive remuneration, professional challenge and lifestyle location.

To apply in strict confidence now, click below, or email your cover letter and CV to quoting 757136sk.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

To view a candidate briefing or apply for this role, please visit the job listing at Sheffield’s website.

For more information please phone Mike Stenhouse on +64 3 353 4352 (DDI).

Applications close Sunday, 26 March 2017.  


Planning Manager

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen for an energetic person looking for a new challenge on the wild and wonderful West Coast.

Based in Hokitika, the “Cool Little Town,” you will be managing a small team of committed planning professionals who provide planning advice, process resource consent applications and undertake compliance monitoring and enforcement. You will also have responsibility for coordinating a review of the Council’s District Plan, a key priority for the newly elected Council.

The challenges and opportunities of this role are exciting and varied.  The Planning Department has been going through some change and we are looking for someone to step in and take those changes to the next level.  You will have a strong focus on communication, timeliness and relationship-building. You will possesses commercial acumen, and be able to “walk in the shoes” of applicants to achieve win-win outcomes for both Council and investors.

In addition, the Local Government Commission’s current work on exploring options for greater coordination of RMA functions across the West Coast provides an opportunity to shape innovative mechanisms for delivering excellent customer service and positive environmental outcomes with our neighbouring Councils.

You would be supported by an enthusiastic team that has recently expanded with the addition of a Senior Planner and dedicated administrative support. The newly elected Mayor and Councillors also have a significant focus on the planning function and are rolling up their sleeves to get involved and assist where they can.

If you have experience in planning under the Resource Management Act 1991, a relevant qualification, and a professional and pragmatic manner, then this role could be a great chance for you to make a real impact.   

A full position description and application for employment can be obtained at the links below.

Enquiries are welcome by contacting Jim Ebenhoh, Group Manager: Planning, Community and Environment, at 03 756 9035 or .

Applications close Monday, 3 April at 5pm.

Position Description
Application Form (DOCX), (PDF)



We are seeking an Accountant to join our motivated Finance Team.

Do you want to:

  • Develop your career in a wonderful place to live?
  • Make a lasting and positive contribution to the decisions that make a difference?
  • Be part of a great success story?

The Finance Team is a part of the Corporate Services unit at Westland District Council.  The team is responsible for ensuring that Council activities receive sufficient and appropriate funding, Council services are provided in the most cost effective and equitable manner and that the Council receives timely and reliable financial information to support policy decisions.

The Accountant plays a vital part in the financial health of the Council and the District, through the design, review and preparation of management accounts, budgets and forecasts, and continuous development of Council’s accounting controls. 

You need to be a dynamic and enthusiastic team player, willing to assist with:

  • Preparation of Annual Plans, Annual Reports and Long Term Plans 
  • Provision of financial information to Council, colleagues and customers 
  • Effective financial management of Council’s funds within the policies adopted by Council 
  • Development and monitoring of financial controls

Demonstrable experience with complex costing models would be highly beneficial, along with a relevant tertiary qualification.  A formal accounting qualification is not a prerequisite but the skills and attitude are. 

For further information, prior to making your application, telephone Lesley Crichton on 03 756 9081.

A full position description and application can be obtained below, or at the Customer Service Centre at 36 Weld Street, Hokitika.  A cover letter and a copy of your current CV, along with the completed application form are required. Applications are to be marked “Confidential” and addressed to Human Resources, Westland District Council, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842, Email:

Position Description
Application Form (DOCX), (PDF)


Customer Service Consultant – Casual

The Westland District Council is seeking an enthusiastic customer service star.

Applicants must be a team player and be available to work weekdays, weekends evenings and public holidays. 

This is a casual position with no fixed hours or days of work – applicants would be required to be available for on-call work as and when required.

A full position description and application for employment can be obtained below or at the Customer Service Centre, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika.  A cover letter and a copy of your current CV, along with the completed application form is required.

Applications are to be marked “Confidential” and emailed to or addressed to Human Resources, Westland District Council, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842.

Council is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Description
Application Form (DOCX)(PDF)


General Information regarding Job Vacancies

When you join the Westland District Council, you become part of a team who work hard to deliver a high level of service to the ratepayers and residents of the District.

If you are looking for a career opportunity where the work you do has a real positive impact on the community, then you have come to the right place.

For further enquiries, please contact Human Resources.

Council is an equal opportunity employer.