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Governance Advisor


About the opportunity| Ko te āheinga:

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is seeking expressions of interest for an experienced Governance advisor, to be based within the Strategy and Governance group. The focus of this role is to provide safe, accurate and timely governance advice, guidance and support to elected members, the Chief Executive and Council officers, observing relevant legislation and regulations. This role will also be accountable for providing administrative support to the meet the needs of Council and committees.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be someone with the ability to build and maintain strong and meaningful relationships with our various stakeholders and with our Tangata Whenua partners, cognisant of Council’s statutory Treaty obligations and tikanga. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, be pro-active, self-motivated and enthusiastic! In this role you will establish and maintain close working relationships with a wide range of Council staff, particularly within the Strategy and Governance team, Māori Partnerships team and with the Executive Leadership Team and their executive assistants. To be successful in this key position, you will have proven background in local government, with a focus on understanding council committee processes and a comprehensive understanding of the Local Government Act and LGOIMA.

The key attributes for the role are:

  • 3+ years proven advisory experience desirable.
  • Strong understanding of Council committee processes.
  • A demonstrated ability to prepare clear concise reports and correspondence for a range of audiences.
  • Knowledge of the Local Government Act, LGOIMA and other relevant legislation.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other database and information management systems
  • Analytical skills.
  • Confident ability to deliver effectively in pressure situations.
  • Confident managing technology in Council meetings.
  • Sound understanding of tikanga Māori and Māori values and an appreciation of how they relate to local government functions and resource management plan and policy development.
  • Open minded and collaborative approach to working both within a team and with external stakeholders.
  • Innovative and solution focused attitude/


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for the Governance Advisor role is between $68,040 to $75,600. This will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Other benefits of working for our team include a supportive and encouraging working environment, 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. To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website:


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

 View the job description here.

 Applications close 29 December 2022 but we may interview candidates as they apply and close this advert earlier should a suitable person be found. So, we encourage you to apply today!

 Please apply via Seek.

About us | E pā ki a mātou:

 At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse, and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


22 December 2022

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