Policy Planner


We’re on a journey to take our district from good to great and having a lot of fun along the way. This is Council, but not as you know it – we’re shaking things up, in the midst of a transformation journey driven by passion, pride and genuine aroha for our community. 

Our Council is based in Levin, in the heart of the Horowhenua District. The Horowhenua is a rich and diverse District. Stretching from the Tararua Ranges to the Tasman Sea, we have mountains, rivers, lakes, and beaches on our doorstep.

We have a range of communities and easy access to the bigger cities of Palmerston North and Wellington. Horowhenua is growing fast, and this is expected to continue for the next 20 years. There are a number of significant projects that we need to deliver to support and facilitate this growth. We need an agile and future-focused Policy Planner to join our dynamic, hardworking and community focused team.


The Role

You will lead or contribute to the Council’s key growth projects such as Master Plans, the Growth Blueprint and preparing District Plan changes.

You’ll be part of a tight-knit team, led by Tiffany Gower, who have a good range of experience and who are focused on delivering the best outcomes for our community during a time of massive change. Your role is multi-faceted, you will be responsible for assisting with the strategic planning direction of our Council through input into key strategic projects and plans, in particular the District Plan. Your days will be split between research, providing resource management advice, as well as being out in the community, actively engaging and building relationships with iwi and community stakeholders, and growing new (and investing in existing) relationships.

About You

You are a core member of our team, you’re important to us! You bring a positive, ‘çan do’ approach to the challenges that might lay ahead and a confidence that is infectious! The role will suit someone with a Planning/Resource Management qualification and experience in local government within Policy Planning, Strategic Planning or Resource Consents. Experience in developing and/or implementing District Plan policy is a must need. Your relationship management skills will be well sought after as we need you to undertake community and stakeholder engagement.

So, what’s in it for you?

Along with continuous development and opportunities for future growth, you will enjoy a competitive salary and stable role within a thriving Council where the culture is great, innovation is ongoing, and your work has a genuine impact on the positive growth of the community. If you are not already a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute, we can help you towards that. We also want you to be able to juggle successfully both work and home life – we get it! Modern life is busy enough, right? So, we offer a flexible work program that we think will be attractive to you!

Outside of work, you’ll enjoy affordable living, easy commutes, and a great lifestyle with an abundance of unspoilt nature right on your doorstep to explore.

We’re reviewing applications as they come in, so if a Levin lifestyle sounds like a bit of you, please apply now by clicking the Apply button or for more information contact Adam Miller on Mobile 0272 414 798.

Applications for this role close on 6 August 2021 so don’t delay. 

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: GTAQ148451

Location: Horowhenua

Closing Date: Friday, 6 August 2021