Job Vacancies

Senior Policy Planner

Our dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic Planning Department is seeking an experienced, confident policy planner to take the role of Policy Planner.

Based in Hokitika on the South Island’s rugged West Coast, is the opportunity to be part of and contribute to a vibrant, growing community. The position offers a broad range of work from policy to enforcement.

This is a permanent, full-time position providing technical policy leadership within the Planning Department – including a core function of policy development and contribution toward the upcoming District Plan review and input with processing consent applications, monitoring compliance of resource consents and the District Plan, undertaking enforcement where necessary, and providing advice to the public.

This position offers a broad exposure to a range of industry sectors, so a willingness to build relationships with community stakeholder groups is essential. An understanding of the commercial impact of decisions whilst ensuring compliance is achieved will be an asset in this position as will a professional and pragmatic manner.

Extensive experience in planning and monitoring, alongside a relevant qualification and  exposure to industry best practice, would be ideal in this role. 

If you are ready to further your planning career with a wide range of experiences in the planning industry or just want a change of pace on the beautiful West Coast, see a full position description and application for employment below.

If you have any questions please contact Fiona Scadden, Planning Manager 03 756 9085.

Applications close: 5pm Monday 25th June 2018

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.

Position Description: Senior Policy Planner
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.

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 enquiries, please contact Human Resources at

Council is an equal opportunity employer.