Added 29 July 2022

Senior Urban Planner

About the Organisation

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, with offices across Tauranga, Whakatāne and Rotorua is one of the fastest growing population hubs of Aotearoa. With a rich Māori heritage across multiple Iwi, beautiful natural landscapes from sea to forested hill country, a span from Opotiki to Waihi Beach, it is attracting a rapid influx of people to live, work and play in. It is a Region of opportunity, but this brings the challenges in Spatial and Urban Planning across the Region involving the Regional Council, Iwi, communities, and other councils to collaborate in enabling and also managing this growth.  This is where we need the best and brightest to help us with the planning, collaboration and development of shared vision that integrates growth and infrastructure needs with values and takes all of us on the journey.


About the Role

As a Senior Urban Planner, you will be bringing your regional and urban planning experience to join the Transport and Urban Planning team which sits within the Strategy & Science Group. This is a key advisory role which will encourage you to utilise your strategic regional planning skills under RMA- and new Spatial Planning Act. In this role you will be getting your head around Government legislation and changes, the new framework for resource management, engaging with key stakeholders to understand perspectives and their needs and drives, and you will be integrating this into clear policy and strategic advice for internal and external decision-makers.


About you

This role is very important to us. We need the best for the sake of the Region. We want your expertise and thinking around how we manage growth in the right way. In addition to your proven experience specialising in spatial integrated planning, development of policy, legislative analysis, regional policy statement or district plan, that applies in our urban context, we equally need a person with the right interpersonal attributes. Not only will you have a proven track record in comparable relevant roles where you would have worked enabling responsive planning in line with regional policy statements, journeying plan changes and any associated appeals you will also be a person who collaborates, is delivery focused, and whilst you will be clear about outcomes you will be agile in your approach on how to get there. You will have a minimum of six years, post-qualification experience involving a wide range of policy development work. You will be a person who can build trusted relationships with other partners and stakeholders who are equally passionate. You can build a validated case and will be well respected both internally and externally. Building trust and operating with integrity are core to our success. We need you to be on the journey of biculturalism and have a commitment to Te Tiriti in the work you are doing.



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To find out more, please get in touch with David Hammond 027 444 6368 for a confidential chat. For a Brief and a Position Description, please email


To apply for this vacancy, you MUST be a New Zealand citizen, resident, or have already secured the right to work in New Zealand and therefore hold a valid visa.


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