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Chief Executive Officer


Kaikōura District Council


  • Leadership & Service Delivery
  • Kaikōura, New Zealand


Play a pivotal role in ensuring the Kaikōura District is viewed as a district of choice for lifestyle and opportunity.


The Kaikōura District Council provides core infrastructure and asset management services to a growing population of around 3,500 residents.  With its focus on farming, fishing and tourism, Kaikōura provides an attractive lifestyle opportunity.


The Council is looking to appoint a talented Chief Executive who can turn inspiring vision into effective operational decisions and direction. Together the Chief Executive and Council will ensure the district continues to enhance its reputation for providing a quality lifestyle with strong social and economic growth for today and future generations.


The Chief Executive will provide effective management support and advice to the Mayor and Councillors, communication and engagement with the community, and lead the development of Council’s plans and priorities. Key focuses will include leading the Council to ongoing sustainability and maintaining a cohesive and highly performing team that provides efficient and effective service delivery. Building relationships, presenting informed and innovative solutions, enhancing the performance of the Council and delivering to commitments are all indicators of success for the Chief Executive.


Applicants will demonstrate the following:


  • An understanding of the local government sector.
  • A reputation for transformational service delivery.
  • High calibre financial management and business acumen.
  • Superior relationship skills with the ability to effectively represent the Council.
  • A focus on driving ongoing sustainability in all areas of operations.
  • The ability to provide effective and constructive oversight of assets and projects.
  • A genuine commitment to reside in and contribute to the Kaikōura community.


The role will appeal to someone who has a genuine commitment to the community and an appreciation of the Kaikōura District’s diversity and values.  It offers an exciting future for a proven leader who has a passion for the lifestyle opportunities offered across the region.




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Confidential enquiries can be made to Graham Ewing or Lynell Bell of EQI Global on +64 3 377 7793 or email at search@eqiglobal.com


Applications for this role should include a cover letter and resume.


Closing date for applications is Friday 25 September 2020.

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