Policy Officer

Wairoa district, the ‘Outdoors Capital of Aotearoa', is home to Te Urewera and the legendary Lake Waikaremoana, as well as the magnificent Mahia Peninsula - famed for its beaches and surfing.

At WDC we are lucky enough to serve this beautiful district and its 8000+ residents, and a crucial element to ensuring we remain a progressive Council is the effective development of internal and external policy.

Due to the departure of one of our valued team members, we have a full time role to focus on this key responsibility area and lead the development, implementation and review of all policy, shaping WDC's policy environment to look to the future and remain best practice.

This is a strategic, analytical, self-driven role that will require in-depth knowledge of the local government policy environment, and a drive for compliance and continuous improvement.

In this role you'll be responsible for:

  • Leading the policy work programme at WDC
  • Undertaking research and interpreting central government documentation to formulate local policy
  • Overseeing that policy development is incorporated into Council operations
  • Educating and informing CEO, Council and Committee decision making
  • Educating all stakeholders on best practice policy development and implementation
  • Evaluate policy viability and consequences, prepare recommendations and reports

In addition to the above, you'll contribute to corporate planning, run public consultation processes, deliver internal workshops and be a subject matter expert for all stakeholders.

You'll demonstrate excellent research and critical thinking skills, have expert technical knowledge of local government legislation and policy requirements, and be outstanding at multi-tasking. Public speaking is a requirement of the role, as is the ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships.


  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in public policy development and implementation in a local government environment.
  • Knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and tikanga Maori

This position offers a tremendous variety and depth of work experience in a small but progressive local authority, and the opportunity to contribute to an exceptional rural community. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

A full job description and employment application form are available on request from Council Offices, Queen Street, Wairoa (06) 838-7309 or on our website www.wairoadc.govt.nz.

Applications close midnight on Sunday 1 March 2020

Please apply via Council's careers portal or mail to:

Private & Confidential, Ref: Policy and Governance Advisor
Wairoa District Council
PO Box 54, WAIROA 4160

Ph: (06) 838-7309

S May

To apply for this job go to: www.wairoadc.recruitmenthub.co.nz & enter ref code: 5017655.

Applications close 01 March 2020

The Wairoa District Council is an equal opportunities employer.


Permanent Full Time

Job no: 5017655

Location: Wairoa

Closing Date: Sunday, 1 March 2020