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Tā tātou atarua – Our vision 

We work with the people of Westland to grow and protect our communities, our economy and our unique natural environment.

He angitūtanga - The opportunity

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 Westland District.

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

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.

Current vacancies

Permanent - Full-time

He angitūtanga - The opportunity

The Westland District Council is seeking an experienced Governance Administrator with great communication skills to provide professional administrative support to business processes within the Office of the Chief Executive including committees, Council meetings, workshops and working groups.  This is a busy and dynamic role involving managing calendars, agendas, minutes, action lists and other documentation for a wide range of Council activities. 

He kōrero mōu - About you

You will have:

  • A Business Administration Level 4 qualification or equivalent
  • At least two year’s experience in an administration role, preferably in local government or similar.
  • The ability to maintain a high level of integrity and confidentiality.
  • A proactive customer centric approach.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a small team.
  • A high standard of inter-personal communication skills with the ability to liaise and communicate both in writing and verbally with elected members and senior staff.
  • Attention to detail and a high standard of professionalism.
  • The ability to project organisational credibility through thinking on your feet to resolve issues.
  • Excellent secretarial and administrative skills, tech savvy, including fast typing and the ability to use the Microsoft Suite of applications.

 Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou - What we offer

Working at Westland District Council will give you an opportunity to apply your administrative experience and broaden your skill set through involvement in a wide range of tasks and activities. You will work in a small, dedicated team, committed to making a positive difference in our communities. 

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • Kiwisaver 3% additional 
  • Great workplace culture
  • Additional three day's leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Training and development opportunities

Tono mai ināianei - Apply now 

A full position description is available here.

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

Applications close at 5pm on 30 November 2023

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.