About 17,000 people enjoy a quality of life in the Clutha District that's second to none. Clutha combines a relaxed rural lifestyle with easy access to city life, pristine beaches and outdoor recreation such as ski fields, native bush and top-class fishing. It's the perfect place for lifestyle choices while being close to Dunedin City and only 45 minutes from an international airport.

Despite thriving communities and industrious service towns, it's an affordable place to live with your housing dollar stretching much further in our towns, countryside and coastal villages. There's also easy access to health care with Clutha Health First in Balclutha, and education with a range of local primary and secondary schools, as well as tertiary-level study opportunities at Telford - a division of Lincoln University. 

Council's vision and overwhelming response from the community is for positive growth in the district. We have a clear focus and the district has the potential and resources to achieve this. What we are missing is enough people to help us do that.

It's the perfect time to join our dedicated and friendly team here at Council. We're making things happen and we're looking at innovative ways to grow our district following a new Long Term Plan that makes positive growth a priority.  We are investing in people and systems and would like to make moving to Clutha as easy as possible for you and your family, including incentives, help with accommodation or help finding employment for other family members.

We'd love to tell you more about what's on offer, you can ring 0800 801 350 or email

Current Vacancies

Group Manager Planning and Regulatory

Full Time

Location: Balclutha

Listed: 22 December 2018

Closing date: 01 February 2019

A second tier position in a great Council! The Clutha District Council has a vacancy for their Group Manager Planning and Regulatory, based in Balclutha.

The Clutha District is forging ahead implementing actions that create economic and population growth. This position is at the heart of it, helping shape the District for years to come, managing and influencing growth, and planning for its impact.

If you want the opportunity to play a major part in all of this, then this position is for you.

Why Clutha? A hidden gem with great communities, affordable housing, good schools and stunning scenery. Clutha really is unique and unspoilt with a fantastic quality of life. With Dunedin close by and beautiful beaches even nearer come and enjoy the relaxed rural lifestyle.

Our vibrant towns like Balclutha, Lawrence, Tapanui, Milton, Owaka, Kaitangata and thriving coastal communities offer a great place to live and the truly spectacular Catlins is on your doorstep too.

We are looking for someone with the knowledge, experience and right attitude to lead Council’s planning and regulatory functions.

You will need a planning qualification and experience, but you will also be responsible for a suite of regulatory functions and can meld multiple activities and their professionals into an effective Department.

The Clutha District Council has embarked on some exciting “big” funding projects to enhance and develop the towns of Clutha and you could be part of making that happen.

The position requires excellent people skills, an ability to prioritise and get things done within regulatory timeframes, a focus on finding practical solutions and providing sound advice to Council and its communities.

If you are interested in this position, more information including an application form is available online at, or call (03) 419 0236 during office hours or email to get an information package and application form sent to you.

Applications close at 5 pm, Friday 1 February 2019.

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