Join the small Council working to help Kaikōura move forward as a great place to live.

Kaikōura District Council is considered the smallest Council on mainland New Zealand. While our population base of just 3,621 permanent residents makes us the ‘smallest', many of our achievements have left the ‘big' Council's following in our footsteps. 

Between 2018 and 2021 we're tackling some big work programmes that take on some of our District’s biggest issues and meet our community needs and legal responsibilities.

Council is here to help create a district that can move forward as a great place to live, with a strong, well-connected community that is ecologically exemplary and economically prosperous. 

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. Suited to people who enjoy the outdoors and marine activities, Kaikōura has fabulous scenery, boutique shopping, fishing, diving, cycling, walking and beaches.

Find out more about the team

Current Vacancies

Executive Assistant (Permanent, Full-Time) 

Existing vacancy to be filled.

Reporting to the Executive Officer you will have a varied role that supports a range of internal functions but primarily provides outstanding administrative support to the Executive Officer, CEO, Management and Mayor.  

You will provide support so that human resources administration, payroll, health, safety and well-being, and Council/Committee meeting administration are all delivered to a high standard. This includes tasks such as printing, scanning, filing, data entry, transcribing, minute taking, arranging meetings, diary management, booking training courses and organising travel.  The role will also provide holiday and sickness backup for front desk and other services.

Ideally candidates would have the following skills (or demonstrate the ability to rapidly develop into this role): 

  • Experience in a support or administrative role is highly desirable
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Good computer literacy and typing skills with knowledge of MS Office particularly Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • High level written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability in performing a range of tasks under competing demands and pressures
  • A high level of confidentiality, sensitivity and understanding of privacy requirements
  • Have composure, resilience and empathy
  • Good customer service skills and ability to interact well with all personality types
  • Initiative, the ability to think and act ‘ahead of the curve' and proactively follow up
  • A full driver’s license is required.  

It is desirable that you have experience or knowledge of local government, however training will be provided. A full job description is available here.
Applications should be emailed to
Applications close 5pm Friday 6th November.


Project Administrator – Kaikōura Marine Development Programme

Applications are being sought for this high profile and exciting support role - making a difference for Kaikōura.

The programme is a public/private partnership initiative funded through the New Zealand Government's Provincial Growth Fund.

Reporting to the Project Lead of the Kaikōura Marine Development Programme you will be responsible for general project coordination including scheduling, maintaining and monitoring project plans, project schedules, risk & issue management, budgets and expenditures. The Project Administrator will also be involved in some aspects of business case and proposal writing and research. This contract role will involve organising, attending and participating in governance and stakeholder meetings, documenting these meetings and following up on actions.


You will function within a very busy and active project environment, with tight deadlines and turnaround times and significant interface with the stakeholders of the project.

You will have:

  • Extensive experience in project administration & coordination ideally within both the private and public service areas;
  • Proven experience in assisting a range of projects, ideally including projects with a physical construction component
  • Experience with project management methodologies, a demonstrated use of PMI (Project Management Institute) or Prince2 methodologies preferred
  • Proficient in the use of MS Project
  • Able to work with numbers and produce and interpret relevant data & statistics

This is an independent contractor role, ideally based full-time in Kaikōura over 2020/2022.
To apply, or for more information including the job description, please email
Applications close October 23rd 2020.


Knowledge Management – Lead (12 Months fixed term)

Hurunui and Kaikōura District Councils
An exciting and challenging opportunity based in the beautiful Hurunui and Kaikōura districts has arisen. We are looking for a motivated and passionate individual to make a real impact in Information and Records Management. As our Knowledge Advisor, you will be part of a team that provides support across the Hurunui and Kaikōura District Councils. The two council's IT, IM and GIS operations are part of a Shared Services Initiative, combining resources for efficiency.

Based in Amberley and Kaikōura, you will be employed by the Hurunui District Council and report to the Manager of Information Technology and Services. This position will provide opportunities to develop a diverse range of technical skills, all within a small and friendly environment.  

Formal qualifications are not required, but ideally you will have strong experience working within a knowledge management role - including the management of electronic and records management systems and the development of IM strategies and retention and disposal orders. Initiative, customer focus and a desire to learn in this "hands on" role are a must. We’re looking for a can-do attitude and great people skills. In return, we offer a friendly team, ongoing professional development and competitive remuneration, including relocation assistance.

Our organisations are nestled between the mountains and the sea, without any of the hassles of a big city - and we are committed to helping staff achieve a good work/life balance.

If you are looking to elevate your career in Information Management, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Click here for the job description and to apply click here
Enquiries to phone 027 733 2221. 
Applications close Sunday 1st November.


Kaikōura Ambassadors (Fixed –Term, Part -Time)

Do you have a passion for our beautiful coastline and our town?

As a Kaikōura Ambassador you will act as a concierge for our responsible camping visitors; showcasing the Kaikōura District while educating responsible campers on camping initiatives, community facilities, businesses and accommodations/campgrounds. You will be a connection between our visitors and our district, highlighting why Kaikōura is such a great place to visit and live in.

You will work in pairs to provide assistance, answer public queries, educate and enforce the Freedom Camping Bylaw. You will collect relevant statistical data through an online survey and the camping ambassador app.

This role requires you to work autonomously and maintain a professional standard at all times. The ideal applicants must be well presented, confident and approachable. Excellent communication skills are a key attribute. Knowledge of the Kaikōura District is also essential.

The anticipated (but flexible) work pattern will be a maximum of 40 hours to be worked over 7 days per week, Monday to Sunday (inclusive). The shifts will range from 6.30am to 6.30pm (shift hours are flexible to suit the right person – let’s discuss to suit you!). The fixed term contract will run over the peak holiday (summer) season until Easter 2021. Additional training time is also anticipated.

What you'll need:

  • A current full and clean NZ car driver's license
  • Must be prepared to work in all weathers
  • Previous successful customer service experience
  • Effective communication - both written and oral
  • Investigative abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Currently eligible to work in New Zealand.

Successful applicants must successfully undergo a satisfactory Ministry of Justice criminal check and possess a satisfactory police record in line with Council's employment requirements.

Download a full job description here.
Applications should be emailed to
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and processed on a merit basis.