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Team Leader Consents

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About the Opportunity:

The HBRC Consents team provides guidance and advice on resource consenting matters to stakeholders including the community, tangata whenua, resource consent applicants, resource consent holders, interested or affected parties and to other HBRC staff. The team is responsible for establishing and applying procedures for receiving, processing and managing resource consent applications.

As a Team Leader Consents you will be an integral part of our consents planning team, working alongside the Manager Consents and other Team Leader to ensure the team has the knowledge, tools and resources to be successful in their work. You will have oversight of a team of 4, ranging from Senior Planners through to Intermediate and Junior staff. This is a very busy area of Council dealing with a range of consents from across the region, providing a diverse and interesting workload with challenges and variety to keep you on your toes!

The role will see you guiding the team around resource consent applications, ensuring that the parameters of the RMA and relevant National Policy Statements and Standards, Regional plans and policies are adhered to, while encouraging them to take on bigger challenges and hone their skills. You will be a subject matter expert for resource management legislation, national policy statements, national environmental standards, Hawke’s Bay Regional Plans and other relevant plans and strategies, as they relate to Consenting.

There is an expectation that you will be capable of leading or providing significant input into complex consent applications, ensuring effective outcomes. This will involve the co-ordination of work outputs required from a multi-disciplinary team of HBRC staff and/or external experts, ensuring that those outputs are fit for purpose for the consent process.

Other key functions of the role will include:

  • The provision of operational management for the Consents Team, including people, projects and budgets.
  • Ensuring that appropriate and accurate advice is provided at all levels of consenting, to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proactively engaging in and managing relationships with stakeholders throughout the consenting process, both internal and external.
  • Ensuring the efficient and timely processing of resource consent applications by the team.


About you

This is a great opportunity for someone looking for their next challenge and to take the step into a leadership role. We need a solution focused individual with a passion for people, who can commit to supporting, nurturing and developing a team of talented planners. In return we offer a supportive and encouraging working environment that will enable you to grow and develop both yourself and your team.

Ideally you will also have:

  • A degree, preferably to Masters Level, in resource management or related disciplines.
  • 7+ years’ experience working with the Resource Management Act, including experience at publicly notified hearings and at Environment Court Hearings.
  • Confidence to deal with complex consent applications and hearings
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Desire to coach, mentor and grow members of the team.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the Resource Management Act and case law relating to the processing and assessment of resource consent applications

The salary range for this role is between $108,000 to $120,100 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

To view the job description please click here

Applications close 25 March 2022


28 February 2022

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