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-        Newly created, senior role

-        Project lead for strategic planning functions including Annual and Long Term Plan

-        Ownership of communications and media liaison


From the peaceful seaside town of Kawhia in the west to beautiful Lake Arapuni on the eastern boundary, nestled against the slopes of Mt Pirongia, Otorohanga district has it all. The district is centrally located, only two hours from Auckland, Tauranga and New Plymouth.

If you are keen on the outdoors, underground adventure at the Waitomo Caves, fishing out of Kawhia Harbour, surfing at Raglan and the ski fields of Mount Ruapehu are all within easy reach. Otorohanga is the Kiwiana Capital of New Zealand, and is a vibrant town that enjoys a range of services, cafes and boutique shops.

Otorohanga district is booming with plenty of commercial and residential development underway, which is bringing exciting and diverse opportunities for both the Council and the Community.

The Strategic Planner role is a newly created, senior position, reporting to the Group Manager Corporate.  The mandate is to lead the Council’s strategic planning functions, including the Annual and Long Term Plan, bylaws and other policy documents.

You will also provide strategic direction on Council communications and branding, and adopt a proactive, forward-thinking approach to media engagement.

To excel in this role, you will have:


  • A relevant tertiary qualification
  • Experience in local government or a similarly scaled, complex organisation
  • Ability to lead, coordinate and manage projects at a strategic level
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills with a cooperative and inclusive approach to building and maintaining effective relationships
  • Excellent written, verbal and aural communication skills with the ability to present to a variety of audiences confidently, clearly and comfortably
  • The courage to challenge the status quo, and a commitment to consider new ways of doing things


This is an exciting role, in a dynamic environment on the cusp of exciting change.  To find out more call Graham Bunn, Group Manager Corporate, on 07 873 4000.

To receive a candidate briefing document or to apply for the role please email 

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 10th January.