Manager - Utilities

Tararua offers you the lifestyle you have always dreamed of.  Take advantage of the adventure, scenic attractions, and country hospitality at its best!  If you are keen on tramping, hunting, fishing, or canoeing you will be spoilt for choice.  All the facilities are nearby; swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts and championship golf courses.  The Tararua District provides an enviable lifestyle and work location.

Are you a leader that is prepared to challenge the norm, implement change and deliver exceptional outcomes?

Can you bridge the gap between strategy and operations, turning vision into reality?

Do you have a good understanding of water and wastewater management?

If yes, then we want you to join our team!

We are looking for a Manager – Utilities, a strategic leader with technical expertise who will develop and enhance a high performing utilities team, responsible for the successful and sustainable delivery of seven water and seven wastewater schemes across the Tararua District.

Reporting to the Group Manager – Infrastructure, this role requires a passion for leadership, water and wastewater services, and for supporting Council to successfully meet commitments to our community in a structured and focused way.

Whilst we may not be able to compete with private sector salaries, we offer the opportunity to give effect to real positive change in our district - our piece of paradise we call Tararua. You will have a direct impact on the direction and wellbeing of our communities, and diverse opportunities to further develop your leadership and technical skills.

The successful candidate will help Council achieve their goals by:

  • Providing proactive strategic leadership to the utilities team, guiding and collaborating with others in a diverse and challenging environment.
  • Providing professional strategic advice and support to the Group Manager – Infrastructure and wider Council organisation.
  • Overseeing the successful delivery of water and wastewater services, informing the direction of our district and associated investment requirements.
  • Developing and enhancing trusted and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a vibrant and dynamic team delivering successful outcomes for the Tararua Community! Bring your passion for people, water and wastewater to life in this exciting and varied role.

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 below. Alternatively, you may collect the application and job description from the Council’s Customer Service Centres, in person or by phone.

Position Description (964KB pdf)

Application Form (737KB 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 Group Manager - People and Capability.

Applications close with the Group Manager - People and Capability at 5:00 p.m. on Friday 23 April 2021.