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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

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

Permanent - Full-time

Our dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic Planning Department is seeking an enthusiastic and capable Intermediate or Senior Planner to join our team.

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

This is a permanent, full-time position providing technical support within the District Council and the Community – including processing consent applications, monitoring compliance of resource consents and the District Plan,  and providing advice to the public. You will also analyse and contribute to policy development and processes, including involvement in the review of the combined District Plan bringing three District Council’s under one plan.

This position offers a broad exposure to a range of industry sectors. You will be a confident communicator willing to build relationships with community stakeholders groups.  A readiness to learn and understand the commercial impact of decisions while ensuring that compliance is achieved will be an asset in this position.  You will have a professional and pragmatic manner. 

An ability to use initiative and be resolution/solution focused is vital to this role, and will enable you to take ownership of projects and have exposure to a variety of work. 

This is a great opportunity for a person ready to take the next career step, in a role which provides a wide range of experience in the planning industry; or for a planner ready to experience a true work/life balance on the beautiful West Coast.

A full position description for the Intermediate Planner is available here, and the Senior Planner here.

Please apply using the information and form in 'How to Apply' above.

For enquiries in confidence please call Shelley Sutherland, People and Capability Manager on 0272 549 235

Applications close on 27 June 2022

Permanent - Full-time

Have you got a positive, energetic, flexible community focused approach and a strong results orientation?  Do you enjoy working in a dynamic environment with an interest in supporting community employment development initiatives.  Can you deliver requirements of Council under the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act 2019 to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Westland Communities through the management of Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs, Welcoming Communities and similar externally funded projects?

We are seeking a qualified and experienced manager to lead and coordinate our Community functions of Council and enhance cultural and heritage aspirations as they relate to community service activities.

A full position description is available here and the application process is described in 'How to Apply' above.

For enquiries in confidence please call Shelley Sutherland, People and Capability Manager on 027 2549 235.

Applications close on 1 July 2022

Permanent - Full-time

Are you an experienced Intermediate or Senior Planner currently working in local government or equivalent, looking for an opportunity to take your career to the next level, or a Planning Manager seeking a change in environment and new challenges?  Are you future focused and committed to delivering sustainable solutions?  Do you have the ability to maintain a supportive team culture that contributes to effective and efficient resource consent processing and policy development and implementation?

We are seeking a Planning Manager with a passion for resource management issues and the ability to lead our passionate Planning Team in Hokitika in shaping the future of communities in Westland District. Your practical resource management experience, proven leadership style, exceptional communication skills, and ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with tāngata whenua, local residents, developers and stakeholders are the qualities we are seeking.

A full position description is available here.

Please apply using the information and form in 'How to Apply' above.

For enquiries in confidence please call Shelley Sutherland, People and Capability Manager on 0272 549 235

Applications close on 13 July 2022

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. We are able to offer a competitive salary.  If you have the required qualifications, please call Ana Coleman, Building Control Manager, 027 206 8395 to discuss the salary range.

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

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