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Chief Executive Officer – Wairoa District Council

Waikaremoana 939 RWOOD 233

Lake Waikaremoana

Portland Lighthouse, now located in the heart of Wairoa



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EquiP has been appointed by the Wairoa District Council to undertake the recruitment of their Chief Executive Officer.

  • Provide forward thinking inspirational leadership to the Wairoa District Council
  • Foster innovation and empower Council to deliver its vision for the community
  • Role model values based leadership that strengthens tikanga Māori

The Wairoa District is continuing on its journey of transformation; from the launch of Rocket Lab, their well renowned internship programme, and the deep cultural elements that the entire District is built upon, this is an opportunity you do not want to pass up.

The Wairoa District Council is seeking a forward thinking Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide inspirational leadership, direction and management of the Council, and fostering relationships with key stakeholders from the District.

The CEO will act as the Council’s key advisor to shape and develop innovative strategies and initiatives that will drive economic and social wellbeing.  You will be in charge of developing organisational culture and capability; fostering innovation, empowering your team to deliver on the Council’s vision, and will role model values based leadership that fosters positive can do attitudes and strengthens tikanga Māori.

You will act as the ambassador for the District, ensuring the Council builds and maintains valued relationships and productive partnerships with key stakeholders while championing and influencing the development of the district and its communities.  You will have an affinity with iwi and an appreciation of the cultural elements of the Wairoa District.

The CEO will be supported by a strong Governance and Senior Management team in order to drive high performing teams focused on delivering quality services to the community.

The successful candidate will become invested in the community; working to seek out new and existing opportunities in the District.

You will have a good knowledge of the local government sector and a track record of success in senior management gained in the public or private sector.

To apply, please email your comprehensive CV, a covering letter highlighting your motivation for applying and your response to the key result areas to – applications@lgnz.co.nz 

For a confidential discussion, please contact Dan Henderson on 022 104 1218.  Applications close 5pm on Monday 28th August. 

View the additional video below which includes more information on the Wairoa District

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Above: Rocket Lab launch complex before its test launch

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Above: Coastline at Mahia


Above: A local cycle-way in Wairoa

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Statement of Privacy:

Any personal information provided as part of your application may be shared with relevant agent/s and staff, as well as any elected member and employee of the Wairoa District Council involved in the recruitment process.  This information is only provided for the sole purpose of undertaking this recruitment assignment.

We do not provide or sell your personal information to other organisations.

On completion of this assignment we may retain personal information for future consideration of similar roles. We will seek your permission prior to submitting any personal information to other potential employers.

We take all reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is protected from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, disclosure or alteration. We also take measures to delete your personal information when it is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected. 

Date updated: 11 August 2017