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

Planner (Subdivision & Landuse)

(Permanent – Full Time)

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic Planning Officer to join the Council team in Kaikōura.
We have a track record of welcoming and developing Planners with a wide variety of interesting work. We will consider suitably qualified candidates with a variety of experience.

In this role, you will apply your planning expertise to a range of matters, including being the key team member providing advice at pre-application meetings, processing and assessing resource consent applications, and making recommendations that foster quality outcomes. You will also attend hearings as a reporting officer and process Project Information Memoranda. Interaction with applicants and general public enquiries will ensure you are well aware of all the development which is occurring in our beautiful district.

You might be joining us from another Council, excited to grow your skills and experience, or wanting an opportunity to bring your knowledge and experience to local government, and start influencing real change. Or maybe you just want to live in a unique and world-renowned location. Either way, this could be the refresh and restart you have been looking for – the lifestyle is great here in Kaikōura!

With activity and development trending right up, there has never been a better time to be part of our team and the community.



A full job description is available here.

Applications should be emailed to

Applications close Sunday 20 June 2021.