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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

You can apply online, with your full CV and cover letter.

Alternatively, your 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.

Join our dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated Planning team as the Senior Planner or Planning Team Leader.

Based in Hokitika on the South Island’s beautiful West Coast, surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, with the river and lakes nearby, this is an opportunity to be part of and contribute to a growing vibrant community. 

This permanent, full-time position offers a broad range of work from policy to resource consent processing and vetting, while supporting a small and dedicated team.  The potential for flexible work arrangements will ensure you have the ability to enjoy true work-life balance.

You will be a confident communicator, willing to build on successful relationships with community stakeholders.  An ability to use initiative and be resolution/solution focused and manage workloads is vital to this role and will enable you to take ownership of projects, involving exposure to a variety of work. 

You will have a professional and practical manner, previous Resource Management Act experience and a minimum of five years’ in practice within the planning field. The title of this role will be based on level of experience.

A full position description is available here.

To apply for this position, see 'How to apply' above.

Applications will be considered upon submission.

Permanent - Full-time

The Westland Building Council Authority (BCA) is seeking an enthusiastic experienced Building Control Officer to perform a range of tasks relating to building-related BCA and Territorial Authority (TA) functions. This will primarily involve processing building consent applications, Certificates of Acceptance, Project Information Memorandums and Exemptions and TA related activities.

You will ideally have 3 – 5 years’ experience in a similar role with R1-3 and C1-2 competency and hold 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 essential. You will also maintain excellent customer service and stakeholder relationships.

We are seeking an enthusiastic person with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, preferably with 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 as we have a super team environment.

A full position description is available here.

To apply for this position, see 'How to apply' above.

Applications will be considered upon submission.

Pre-employment checks

Please be aware that Westland District Council will undertake the following background checks on all potential new employees such as:

  • Police vetting
  • Identity check
  • Evidence of qualification
  • Referee check
  • Digital literacy assessments
  • Child Safety Checks for roles identified as Children’s Workers under the Children’s Act 2014.

Prior to your application please ensure you are able to meet these requirements.