Principal Policy Planner - District Plan (based in Fairlie South Canterbury)

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Mackenzie District Council – our community, our place, our future.

At Mackenzie District Council we work together as a team to deliver the best outcomes for our district. We are crafting new ways of working together, and each one of us has an essential role in making our district the best place to live, work and play.

It is a very exciting time for us at the Mackenzie District Council.  We are on a transformational journey, and we have an amazing opportunity for a highly motivated strategic thinker to add to our existing spatial planning expertise and take delivery to the next level and become part of Team Mack.

The newly created role of Principal Policy Planner – District Plan will build on the existing programme management, reporting, and governance systems for the District Plan review.  You will be involved in allocating current and future programme of works, scheduling District Plan and place-based stakeholder engagements, public consultation, and hearings as well as overseeing the implementation of the Resource Management related initiatives arising from the Council’s Land Strategy.

To be successful as our Principal Policy Planner – District Plan you will have:

  • 7-10 years experience in a similar role.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification(s) in planning/resource management, or other relevant degree with demonstrable experience.
  • Be a member of the NZ Planning Institute or eligibility for full membership.
  • Experience in in working with the community in partnership to achieve outcomes.
  • 10 years of Local Government experience desirable and / or working within a complex environment.
  • Knowledge of the Local Government Act and other relevant legislation.
  • Knowledge of and respect for the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • An in-depth understanding of Health and Safety legislation.

We know that’s probably just the beginning of your skills, experience, and knowledge but it gives you an overview of some of the skills and abilities needed to nail it as our Principal Policy Planner – District Plan.

Make sure you check out the full position description as it outlines much more than what we have mentioned here!  It is a critical role within Team Mack and therefore it is important you know what’s expected.

This is a full time, permanent role (37.5 hours per week) based in Fairlie, South Canterbury. 

If you ready for a challenge, to make a role your own and to be part of our transformational journey then come live, work and play in the mighty Mackenzie.  Apply now! 

Application close Sunday, 26 September 2021.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Alexis Gray, Manager People and Culture on 027 597 5802.                

We usually respond within three days

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


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7925 Fairlie Directions (03) 685 9010 View page

Mackenzie District Council offers you:

  • the chance to work in the iconic Mackenzie Basin
  • a great lifestyle on your doorstep,
  • exciting career development opportunities,
  • the opportunity to work as part of small team of professionals,
  • the opportunity to be part of a team of custodians of the iconic Mackenzie District, and
  • the chance to make a real difference.

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