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Consents Planner


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Our amazing Consents team provide guidance and advice on resource consenting matters to our community, tangata whenua, resource consent applicants, resource consent holders, interested or affected parties and to internal HBRC staff. They are a critical part of Council and play a vital part in establishing and applying procedures for receiving, processing and managing resource consents.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Consents Planner to join our established and high-performing consents team. Reporting to the Team Leader Consents you will be an integral member of our consents planning team, working alongside Intermediate and Senior Planners to process resource consents that are submitted. The role will see you assessing resource consent applications in accordance with parameters of the RMA and relevant regional plans and policies, enabling you to make informed decisions on how to best respond and process each application. This is a busy and interesting role, with opportunities to grow and develop your planning career with Council.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be a solution focused individual with a drive to support, engage and educate the Hawke’s Bay community. You will consistently produce quality work that you take pride in and enjoy being an active member of our passionate team. We are open to recent graduates joining us in this role as it is a great entry point into the planning world.


Ideally you will also have:

  • A tertiary qualification in planning or environmental management or related field.
  • Knowledge in forestry, farm systems, urban stormwater, surface and/or ground water resources and /or experience in New Zealand’s planning system would be advantageous.
  • A positive, motivated, and proactive approach to work with a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and good relationship management skills
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $76,230 to $84,700 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


Other benefits of working for our team include:

  • Flexible working options to support work/life balance.
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years
  • Life insurance and income protection
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives
  • Strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a supportive working environment.

 To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website:

 We value diversity and as such we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 16 November 2023 but we may contact suitable candidates as they apply and close this earlier, so we encourage you to apply today!

 View the job description here.

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. 

26 October 2023

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