Planning Officer

Full-time position, based in Dannevirke

The Tararua District offers you the lifestyle you have always dreamed of. Take advantage of scenic attractions, great outdoors and country hospitality at their best! If you are keen on tramping, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, camping or kayaking, you will be spoilt for choice! All the facilities are accessible; swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, sports clubs, championship golf courses and numerous service clubs including ‘family friendly’ groups.  Tararua District has close proximity to the cities and airports of Palmerston North and Hastings/Napier, with Council Service Centres located in each of the main townships of Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua and Eketahuna.

The Tararua District provides you with an enviable lifestyle and the opportunity to be involved with active and friendly communities.

About the position

The Tararua District Council currently has a vacancy for a Planning Officer. Based in the Tararua District area, the successful applicant will need to have good customer service and communication skills, knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991, and a relevant tertiary qualification.

This role would suit a new graduate or planner with limited experience. However, planners with more experience are also encouraged to apply.  

The following skills and work experience are desirable:

  • Experience interpreting and applying the Resource Management Act 1991.
  • At least two years’ experience in a similar role with a local authority.

The Tararua District Council is responsible for Civil Defence in the Tararua District and as a result, the successful applicant may be assigned an appropriate and agreed role, for which appropriate training will be provided.

How to apply

All applications will require a completed application form, cover letter, and CV. A copy of the job description and application form can be downloaded from our website (see below). Alternatively, you may collect the application and job description from the Council’s Customer Service Centres, in person or by phone.

Download the Application Form (172KB pdf)

Download the Position Description (178KB pdf)

Please send your application to Tararua District Council, P O Box 115 (26 Gordon Street), Dannevirke, phone 06 374 4080, or by email to, attention the Human Resource Manager.

Applications close with the Human Resource Manager at 4:00pm on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.