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Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Team Vision: Delivery of high-quality plans and policies which enhance our environment, while providing for the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of the community, now and into the future.


We pride ourselves on fostering a collaborative and innovative work environment where employees can contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive impact on our community. As part of our continued growth, we are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Policy Planner to join our team based in Napier.

 Embark on a dynamic and multifaceted journey where you can grow and develop your career in planning. We have career progression opportunities that can allow you to broaden your horizons and take on more responsibilities as your knowledge and experience grows. The Statutory Advocacy dimensions of the role will involve the co-ordination of work outputs required from a range of disciplines across the organisation as well as ensuring that those outputs are fit for purpose for policy implementation.  You will participate in decision-making processes with a focus on regional planning, as well as providing sound advice to Managers, Councillors, tāngata whenua and community stakeholders. In addition to leading or overseeing smaller projects, the role holder will collaborate on larger initiatives alongside fellow staff, guided by the Team Leader and Intermediate Planner.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

We are seeking an individual who consistently delivers high-quality work, takes pride in their contributions, and thrives as an engaged team member. Our team is dedicated, hardworking, and known for achieving top-notch results. While we maintain a commitment to excellence, we also value the importance of injecting a bit of fun into our workday. A sense of humor is not just welcomed but considered vital!


Ideally you will also have:

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in resource management, public policy or related field.
  • Some experience in policy development and/or local government experience would be an advantage.
  • A solid understanding of the Resource Management Act, particularly in relation to plan and policy statement preparation processes.
  • Sound understanding of tikanga Māori and Māori values and an appreciation as to how it relates to Regional Council functions and plan and policy development
  • Collaborative work practices to build strong working relationships
  • 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
  • Supportive team environment
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years service
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years service
  • Life insurance and income protection benefits
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • A 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 9 December 2023

To view the job description please click here.

Please apply via Seek. If you require any further information please email

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. 


23 November 2023

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