Council seeks independent hearing commissioners

Published on 08 August 2022

Kaikohe offices, Far North District Council

Far North District Council is seeking to appoint independent commissioners to hear and decide/recommend on resource consent applications and plan changes/reviews under the Resource Management Act (1991).

Independent Hearing Commissioners can act as the chairperson or member of hearings panels that consider and decide on applications on behalf of the council, and will also consider submissions on the Proposed District Plan.

 We want to hear from Independent Hearing Commissioners who can demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and experience in one of more of the following areas:

  • Consent authority functions under the Resource Management Act 1991
  • Planning, resource management and heritage protection
  • Law, local government, and local affairs
  • Matters relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and kaupapa Māori
  • Specific issues relating to indigenous biodiversity, rural and coastal communities
  • Environmental science, including the physical and social sciences
  • Architecture, engineering, surveying, and traffic
  • Landscape and urban design
  • Hearing processes
  • Alternative dispute resolution.

A current Ministry for the Environment ‘Making Good Decisions’ accreditation is a requirement for all commissioners during the term of service and a chair endorsement is desirable.

The overview of the job can be found here.(PDF, 194KB) Expressions of Interest can be submitted by completing the online application form here(DOTX, 745KB) and attaching a curriculum vitae, detailing qualifications, work experience and hearing experience to

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Burkhardt at the Far North District Council on 09 401 5200 or email

Applications close 5pm Friday 19 August 2022.