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Principal Planner

We are looking for a Principal Level PLANNER in either our Whangarei, Kumeu or Tauranga office. 

The person we are seeking will work alongside our current planner and will:

  • Manage urban and environmental planning projects supporting healthy and vibrant community outcomes and transformational infrastructure projects.

  • Participate in creative stakeholder and public engagement.

  • Prepare, review and manage preparation of applications requiring statutory approval (i.e. resource consents, across diverse industry sectors, notices of requirement, assessment of environmental effects).

  • Prepare and review statutory and non-statutory planning policy documents and work on a range of technical documents, including consent strategies, assessment of alternatives and social impact assessments.

  • Provide strategic and policy planning advice on local, regional and national planning policy.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of planning legislation and regulations and provide technical advice to the wider WWLA team.

A career with WWLA means:

  • Exposure to a wide variety of interesting and challenging projects.

  • A competitive salary, plus WWLA’s profit-sharing scheme;

  • A company that recognises and values its staff;

  • Strong technical and consulting career development opportunities.

  • Working with a supportive and responsive team with diverse skills.

  • A wide range of perks and benefits, including profit sharing and pragmatic and flexible employment working arrangements.

Skills and experience:

Specific skills required for this role include the following:

  • A Resource Management or Planning qualification (a Masters degree qualification is an advantage).

  • Full NZPI membership or eligibility.

  • Minimum 10 years’ NZ consultancy experience in areas such as: master planning, infrastructure planning, spatial land use planning, statutory RMA planning, public engagement, project management, strategy, business cases.

  • Excellent analytical, writing, communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Passionate, collaborative and supportive team member.

  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and deliver quality technical analyses and reports.

  • Local government statutory and/or strategic policy planning experience would be an advantage.


Key Selling Points:

  • Competitive remuneration.

  • Opportunities to become a shareholder as well as profit-sharing scheme.

  • Supportive and responsive team with diverse skills.

  • Small close-knit low bureaucracy team.

  • Flexible working options - including hybrid working and options for part-time hours.

  • Work in either our Whangarei, Kumeu or Tauranga Office.

  • Exciting and complex urban and environmental planning projects.

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