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 Southern Institute of Technology​.

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.

Please note: If you live overseas, the first thing you need to do is check you are eligible to work in NZ before contacting Council.  Click here​ for more information. 

If you are already eligible to live and work in New Zealand and are interested in information about other jobs in the district and/or information about the house and land packages on sale in Kaitangata email our economic development agency Clutha Development Inc at or check


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

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Current Vacancies

Building Control Officer

Full Time

Location: Balclutha

Listed: 29 July 2019

Closing date: 26 August 2019

The Clutha District Council has a vacancy for a Building Control Officer based in Balclutha.

This position in our building control team has responsibility for all building consents and territorial authority functions. It also involves maintaining good relationships with the building sector and with internal council departments.

Do you have the ability to maintain excellence in a changing environment? Some experience in building control is desirable, but if you have industry experience and are looking for a change, we’ll help you get a sought-after qualification while you work. A positive practical attitude in dealing with customers and sound judgement is essential.

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. The Clutha District is forging ahead implementing actions that create economic and population growth. We have embarked on some exciting “big” funded projects to enhance and develop our towns and their surrounding communities, and you could be part in making this happen.

If this sounds like you , go online for an information pack from or email

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