Senior Policy Analyst

Mō mātou | About us

We are an enthusiastic bunch of people at Taranaki Regional Council, helping the region continue to be an enviable place to live, play and do business. Our mission is to work for a thriving Taranaki by promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of our natural and physical resources, and advocating for the region's best interests.

Our main office is based right in the centre of the region, under the mountain, in Stratford. We have 3 beautiful gardens; Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens. Many of our staff work on a daily basis around the region and we are a 35 minute commute from New Plymouth (our staff often car pool). This region allows you to have all the big city benefits whilst maintaining a rural lifestyle given the relatively quick ability to move from one town to the next.


Whakatakanga & Whanonga pono| Mission & Values

Our mission is to work for a thriving Taranaki by promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of our natural and physical resources, and advocating for the region’s best interests.

We are committed to; public service, a service first approach, improving the quality of our performance, working safely, effective communication and teamwork, Initiative and the right to make mistakes, accountability and results, presentation, respect and care and job satisfaction.


Mō te tūnga | About the role

It is an exciting time to join the policy and planning team at TRC.  The team is responsible for the analysis and review of existing policies, regulations and legislation and developing proposals for new policy initiatives. This varied and interesting role has a particular focus on resource management policy, and you will be part of a passionate team tasked with writing a new Natural Resources Plan, including a Regional Policy Statement, for the region. You will provide policy advice to the Council, undertake engagement with iwi and the Taranaki community and contribute to the development of provisions in the plan. You will thrive in an intellectually rigorous, pragmatic and fun team environment and enjoy a mix of meeting tight deadlines and projects with longer timeframes.   


Mōu | About you

The Taranaki Regional Council is a busy environment where you will enjoy using your knowledge of policy gleaned from your tertiary studies and/or relevant policy experience to provide advice on the Council’s statutory responsibilities and assess and develop resource management policy.

You will need to be versatile, resourceful and have exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills. Superior written and oral communication skills, including strong report writing ability are essential. An understanding of environmental science and the ability to incorporate this knowledge into the policy and planning process will be an advantage. 

A tertiary qualification is a must and one relevant to policy and planning would be ideal. We like to set people up for success so you’ll be a leading applicant if you also have:

  • Ability to be flexible and agile in your practice to deliver best outcomes
  • Accuracy and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple jobs
  • Knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991, and consent or plan development processes
  • An understanding of and respect for te ao Māori, te reo and tikanga
  • Demonstrable experience as a senior policy analyst or policy analyst (or in a similar role)


What’s on offer?

Taranaki Regional Council is a fantastic place to work! We have a great Policy and Planning Team and offer job training opportunities as well as the programmes to assist further career development.  We have an active social club, long service leave days, and many other perks.  However, the best part is working alongside fantastic people who are truly dedicated to the Taranaki region.


Interested? Here’s how to apply

Apply using the link below, fill out your application form and add your CV and cover letter. Further details on the role can be found below on the Position Description link, or for any other questions please contact Tamsin Moala, People & Wellness Coordinator on (06) 765 7127.

All applications must be made directly through this website.


There is no closing date for this vacancy.  Applications will remain open until a successful candidate is appointed and we reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient, suitable applications. Please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand as we are currently not accredited to support applicants via the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: KHAL27612

Location: Stratford

Closing Date: Thursday, 7 December 2023