Your Council

Learning and development

We proudly identify as a learning organisation, where people are constantly gathering and applying new knowledge to improve their performance.

Photo shows 25 Council staff smiling and waving their qualifications certificates.

Just a few of the people who gained qualifications in 2015 while working for the Council.

We support our people to learn formally and informally, and the result is beneficial for individuals, Council and the community as a whole.

When you work at Council you’ll have the opportunity to attend in-house professional development courses each year. Topics include presentation skills, report writing, leadership, coaching, project management, Treaty of Waitangi, Te Reo learning courses and more. You’ll also be encouraged to attend specialist external training courses, seminars and conferences.

As well as on-the-job and in-house training, we offer:

Study fees and study leave

Permanent staff who are studying a course relevant to their job can apply to be reimbursed for a portion of their study fees. They can also apply for up to four hours’ paid study leave a week for the duration of the course.

Professional subscriptions

Being a member of a professional association helps you keep pace with the latest thinking and networks in your specialist area. We'll support your membership.

Pathways programme

The Pathways programme supports our people to complete training, and covers a range of literacy, language, numeracy, leadership and communication courses which can lead to NZQA qualifications.

Qualifications our people have gained while working at Council

Our team are a talented bunch. Here are some of the qualifications they have gained while working at Council:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Planning)
  • Masters (Management, Architecture)
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Planning, Human Resources, Environmental Health)
  • Bachelor Degree (Social Work, Arts, Communication)
  • Diploma (Business Administration, Information & Library Services, Building Control Surveying, Civil Engineering, Wastewater Treatment)
  • NZQA/National Certificate (Adult Education, Horticulture, First Line Management, Water Reticulation, Computing, Business Administration, Real Estate, Building Control Surveying, Te Reo Maori, Planning)
  • NCEA (Levels 1,2,3)