Ever dreamed of living by mountains and sea? Join the small council with the massive challenge!

Our District has been significantly impacted by the recent earthquakes. Right now we've got unique opportunities to live in and re-build a tourist hot-spot, to get stuck-in, to help, to be challenged and grow. 

The Kaikoura District Council is considered the smallest Council on mainland NZ (the Chatham Islands Council is the only NZ Council smaller than us). But while our population base (3,621 permanent residents) makes us the ‘smallest', we pride ourselves on our achievements, many of which have left the ‘big' Council's following in our footsteps. We may be small but we're committed to achieving the best outcomes for our residents and visitors. Our Council is a leader in sustainability. 

We offer you a place to work in a spectacular district nestled between the mountains and the sea, without any of the hassles of a big city. We are committed to helping staff achieve work/life balance. Suited to people who enjoy the outdoors and marine activities, staff at Council are a social bunch who lead active (but very relaxed!) lifestyles.

Kaikoura has fabulous scenery. Boutique shopping, fishing, diving, cycling, walking, beaches, it is all here to enjoy. 

Current Vacancies

Board Directors: Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK)

Needed: IWK needs people with the skills, knowledge and experience to assist the organisation to meet its objectives as agreed with Council on an annual basis. IWK is a Council Controlled Organisation that is in the business of waste minimisation and maintaining and managing public amenities.  The company’s main services are:

  • Waste minimisation and management through provision of recycling services, resource recovery and landfill management.
  • Environmental rehabilitation preservation and development through the Trees for Travellers program.
  • Maintaining water and waste water infrastructure predominantly for local authorities.
  • Maintaining public toilets and amenities in Kaikōura.
  • Parks and Reserves.
  • Consideration may be given to provide services for other private and public activities.


Key responsibilities include: 

  • Meet regularly to monitor and manage IWK’s governance and performance
  • Ensure that appropriate reporting systems are in place and maintained to provide adequate and timely information to the Board
  • Approve the annual business plan, budget and capital expenditure, in accordance with IWK policy
  • Ensure that the Board has a formal schedule of matters and authorities referred to it for decision to ensure that the direction and management of IWK is in the hands of the Board
  • Ensure that a clearly accepted division of responsibilities (governance versus operational) exists between the Board and the General Manager to provide a balance of power and authority so that no one individual has unfettered powers of decision
  • Encourage fresh perspectives and views on the Board by involving new directors and ensuring that their views are given proper consideration and weight
  • Present to Council balanced and understandable assessments/reports, as required, on the performance and position of IWK.

Download the Context and Responsibilities document

Find out more about IWK through their website

Applications close: When all positions are filled. (Applications should include a CV and cover letter.)

Email us to apply or find out more

Revenue Administration Officer: Kaikōura District Council

(Permanent Part Time – 30 hrs per week) 

Needed: We need a permanent part-time administrator with an eye for detail to be responsible for administering property leases, water meter billing, debtors’ follow-up and support, a contacts database and debt management along with financial support for rates. 

In addition to this, you will undertake bank reconciliations and provide general support across a wide range of varied administrative requirements.

 Essential skills:  

  • Demonstrable experience in a similar role as part of a Finance Team
  • Proven competence managing customer relations combined with strong interpersonal skills 
  • Exposure to applied quality assurance and good practice on policies and processes
  • The ability and initiative to constructively challenge, critique and problem solve
  • The integrity and honesty that all good finance practitioners have 
  • The legal right to work in New Zealand combined with a clean driving license and flexibility on work hours.

It is highly desirable that you have financial and business management skills combined with any revenue, debt management or accounts receivable experience.

Download a full description of the job here.

If you think you are the right person and truly relish a challenge we’d love to hear from you.

Email us to apply or to find out more.

Applications close: 5pm Thursday 26th July 2018


Rebuild Programme Manager

Needed: An experience people and project manager, preferably with civil engineering experience, to lead the delivery of our Horizontal Infrastructure Rebuild Programme for earthquake damaged Council infrastructure. This includes 3 waters (sewer, water supply and stormwater), local roads, bridges and structures. This construction focused role needs someone who can be based in Kaikoura Monday-Friday (at least) and commit to a fixed term until Dec 2019. 

The November 2016 earthquake caused significant earthquake damage to Council owned Horizontal Infrastructure. The current programme estimate is approximately $39 million and work is close to 30% complete. A Rebuild Steering Group (RSG) made up of the major programme funders (NZTA, MCDEM and KDC) had been established to provide oversight and governance to the rebuild programme. The programme scope and cost is now well defined and funding arrangements in place.A professional services panel is in place and the design for most work packages is underway. Physical works delivery arrangements are also underway. A number of key projects will be starting the construction phase from October 2018. The focus for the programme going forward is delivering the projects through construction on time and budget whilst achieving the required safety and quality outcomes.

Key responsibilities include:

  • To manage and deliver the remaining rebuild programme of works within the agreed funding envelope and programme timeframe (completion by June 2020)
  • To ensure all procurement for the rebuild is carried out in accordance with the agreed procurement strategy to achieve Value for Money.
  • To provide timely and accurate information to the Rebuild Steering Group (RSG) to give them assurance over the programme and allow timely decision making.
  • To continue to work collaboratively with all key stakeholders to ensure best for programme rebuild outcomes.
  • To ensure a smooth transition of assets and associated data sets back to KDC which will enable best practice asset management in the future.
  • To ensure lessons learned from the rebuild programme are captured appropriately.

Download a job description 

Applications close: Sunday 15th July 5pm. (Applications should include a CV and cover letter.)

Email us to apply or find out more


Responsible Camping Community Representatives (volunteer)

Council is forming a Responsible Camping Working Group to address Freedom Camping in Kaikōura. The working group will meet and work together to agree how Freedom Camping should be managed in Kaikoura, including looking at camping sites and how camping can be a positive part of our districts future.

The working group will be made up of a wide range of stakeholders and include 2 voluntary community representatives. These representatives will be expected to attend at least 3 working group meetings, work constructively with all parties and provide a fair and balanced voice for Kaikoura residents on this sensitive issue. 

If you wish to be considered as a community representative you need to provide an expression of interest that includes:

  • 250 words or less explaining why you are interested and why you believe you would be suited to this role
  • Two character referees who are happy to be contacted by Council to discuss your candidacy and your current community involvement.

To find out more about what’s involved, you can contact us on 03 319 5026.

Expressions of interest close: 5pm 9th July.

Email us to apply

2 July 2018