Job Vacancies

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.

Our district is growing as more and more people recognise the benefit of making this fabulous lifestyle destination their home. 

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 information about any role advertised or working at Westland District Council, please contact

How to apply

An application form, along with a full CV and cover letter should be emailed to, or mailed to Westland District Council, 36 Weld Street, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842.

Current Vacancies
Accounts Officer
  • Provide efficient and effective accounts and financial services delivering customer centric service
  • Responsible for the Accounts Payable process and assisting with Accounts Receivable
  • Work in a pleasant environment delivering excellent customer service both internally and externally


The Westland District Council is seeking an experienced Accounts Officer to take responsibility for the accounting and financial services, specifically managing outwards payments as part of our Finance Team.

You will be responsible for providing great internal and external customer service, working to timeframes, and ensuring that our suppliers and customers are treated with friendliness and respect.

You will provide information and advice to a range of customers, whether by phone, email or over the counter.

Your work will be to a high standard of accuracy, using our electronic invoicing system to process and pay our suppliers in a timely manner. You will enjoy working to deadlines, and be comfortable ensuring that detailed information is correct and up to date.

You will also assist with Accounts Receivable and the debtors system, ensuring that invoicing and statements are completed in a timely manner.  Our debtors will be up to date and effectively managed according to Council procedures.  Ideally you will have some experience with MagiQ and our NAX customer database.

When necessary, you will assist other team members with work overflow, providing prompt and efficient service and support for our customers. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic person with great communication skills, both written and verbal,   a passion for accuracy, especially numerical skills, high levels of computer literacy especially with the relevant programmes/software, and problem solving abilities. You will be a great team player.  Relevant experience in a local government environment is preferred but not necessary.

A full position description is available here and the application form is below.

Applications for this role close 29 March 2021


Group Manager: District Assets

  • Senior Leadership Role
  • Located in Hokitika
  • Rewarding Role in a Lifestyle Location!


The Westland District motto is "the last best place", with a vision of being a world class tourist destination while fostering industries and businesses that lead through innovation and service. The opportunity has arisen for a skilled Group Manager to lead the Council’s Asset Management while ensuring that Council policies, aims and objectives are met. 

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer you will be responsible for leading a team to effectively manage the District’s Assets Group which includes stewardship for transportation, three waters, waste, parks, reserves, cemeteries, township development and property infrastructure. Leading the Asset Management and Capital Projects Programme, this role involves multi department and stakeholder collaboration to meet statutory and legislative requirements, while driving customer service excellence. You will participate in strategic leadership as a key member of the executive team, while being committed to developing and managing the organisations infrastructure in support of the Westland community.

Your Skills and Experience

To succeed in this role, you will have a strategic and operational engineering and/or asset management background and strong leadership skills. Project Management, and demonstrated experience in a similar role, is preferred. You will be a strategic thinker capable of providing policy advice, have an operational perspective with an appreciation of risk management. You will have managed and led teams successfully and have experience building upon a positive workplace culture.

You will have a relevant qualification and experience in a similar or demonstrated capability through a related role. In addition, your exceptional communication, stakeholder management and relationship building skills will be crucial to your success.

To Apply – please note, the application process for this role is external.

A full position description is available here.

If you think you have the skills to succeed, please submit your CV and cover letter by selecting the ‘Apply’ button on the Brannigans website Initial enquiries are welcome by phoning David Clausen on 03 345 8762 or Nick Carter on 03 345 8764. The reference number for this role is 946151.

Applications for this role close 5pm Monday 5 April 2021


Westland District Licensing Committee


Vacancy – Westland District Council District Licensing Committee - Members

Westland District Council is seeking to appoint persons with knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and liquor licensing processes to its District Licensing Committee.  A minimum of three, and maximum of five, members will be appointed to the Westland District Licensing Committee Pool.  Interested persons who meet the criteria detailed in the Westland District Licensing Committee Applicant Information document are invited to submit an application for consideration.

Applications will be received up to Friday 9th April 2021.

Forward completed application forms to Te Aroha Cook, Secretary, Westland District Licensing Committee 36 Weld Street, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842 or via email to


Chief Executive Officer – Westland District Council

  • World-class tourist destination
  • Providing strategic advice to the Council
  • Potential to deliver on  significant projects in the next three years
  • Leading a progressive and visionary team.


The Westland District Council is based in a vibrant and beautiful tourist destination with excellent dairy farming, forestry, gold mining and pounamu industries.  Located on the spectacular West Coast, the industries that support the local community are principally focused on the primary sector and include farming and horticulture; forestry; gold mining; tourism and hospitality; retail; and conservation.

Westland District aspires to lead through innovation and development of our (natural resources) and rich cultural history.

  • The area has a number of large scenic reserves, which the Department of Conservation manages.  The whitebait season attracts visitors from all around New Zealand.
  • The District is also home to Hokitika Airport and enjoys a reputation as the birthplace of the internationally renowned ‘Wildfoods’ Festival.  The iconic ‘Coast to Coast’ event attracts multi-national multi-sport athletes every year to Kumara beach just out of Hokitika.
  • The cool little town of Hokitika aims to be a world-class tourist destination having views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and is close Franz Josef and Fox glaciers.  More recently, Hokitika and the West Coast have hosted the highest proportion of “staycation” visitors than any other tourist mecca in the country.
  • Within the Westland district, the Council has been involved in leading several high profile initiatives, including the renowned ‘West Coast Wilderness Trail’, which is part of the Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail.


The Council has successfully attracted a significant amount of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund, which has enabled several new projects to be initiated in Westland.

The Council is seeking an inspirational and visionary Chief Executive who can deliver crucial district results and positively motivate people to continue building and developing the cultural and heritage aspects (history, natural treasures, creative community, passionate about their treasures) of Westland.

A close working relationship with the Mayor and Council will be an essential requirement, as are excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a focus on high achievement.

The position will be based in Hokitika.

Full details of the role are in the Position Description and the application form is below.  We will shortlist as applications are received, so please apply now if you are interested.

Please note, the application details below.

For further information or to apply, with a copy of your CV, a cover letter, and a completed application form, please email, Attention: David Carruthers, Deputy Mayor.

Applications for this role close 19 April 2021


Building Control Officer


Performing various functions required by the Building Act 2004;

  • Processing applications for building consents, PIMs, exemptions and Certificates of Acceptance
  • Inspection of consented building works · Investigate complaints of potential illegal building works and issue and monitor Notices to Fix where appropriate
  • Monitoring and maintaining compliance schedules, enforcing the Building Warrant of Fitness system, on site compliance schedule audits.


The Westland District Council is seeking an experienced Building Control Officer to perform a range of tasks relating to building-related Building Consent Authority (BCA) and Territorial Authority (TA) functions. This will primarily involve processing building consent applications, performing inspections, and issuing Code Compliance Certificates, and other TA/BCA functions.

You will ideally have 3 – 5 years’ experience in a similar role and hold or be working toward an appropriate qualification recognised in Regulation 18 of the Building Regulations 2006 Act. A high level working knowledge of the Building Act, Regulations and Building Code is required. You will also maintain excellent customer service.

We are seeking an enthusiastic person with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, a thorough knowledge of relevant legislation, bylaws and able to learn and follow policies. You will have high levels of computer literacy especially with the relevant programmes/software, and problem solving abilities. You will be a great team player. Relevant experience in a local government environment is preferred.

A full position description is available here and the application form is below.

We will short-list as applications are received so please do not delay in applying for this position.


Senior Building Control Officer


The Westland District Council is seeking an experienced Senior Building Control officer with exceptional people skills and a can do attitude to assist the Council in meetings its obligations under the Building Act.  As a minimum you will have 5 years plus in the Regulatory industry in a similar role , and you must have a qualification that meets the requirements of Regulation 18 of the Building (Accreditation of Building) Authorities 2006.

As a Senior Building Control Officer you will assist the Building Control Manager to provide team leadership; and mentor and monitor staff performance and development, ensure that the functions and requirements of the Building Act are managed efficiently and appropriately.  You will have excellent technical knowledge and ensure policy and procedure is followed to a high standard. We use electronic consenting software for processing and inspections, so your computer skills will need be suitable for this.

You will be experienced in processing and inspecting building consents to Res 3 and Com 2 and have the ability to deal with associated Building control functions (PIMs Certificates of Acceptance, Code Compliance Certificates, Compliance Schedules, BWOFs etc).

If you’re a positive team player, we want to hear from you.  An attractive salary and relocation costs are available to the right candidate.

A full position description is available here and the application form is below.

We will short-list as applications are received so please do not delay in applying for this position.



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