The Workforce Reference Group is seeking nominations for new members. Applications from people with skills in recruitment and retention, learning and development or health safety and wellbeing are very welcome.

What is the Workforce Reference Group?

The group supports achievement of the Taituarā vision by:

  • Monitoring the environment within which local authorities operate and providing the Chief Executive with timely advice on issues that fall within its scope.
  • Providing sound strategic advice on Taituarā learning and development as well as recruitment and retention activities.
  • Staying informed of, and advising on the skill and capability issues raised in the work of other reference groups.
  • Operating, at all times, in accordance with effective and prudent commercial practice.
  • Building effective working relationships with other sector organisations (e.g. EquiP and the New Zealand Planning Institute) and private sector providers.

Am I eligible?

Membership is open to any ‘paid-up’ full member of Taituarā. Applications from non-members will be accepted, if and only if the applicant submits an application for membership with their application to join the Workforce Reference Group.

Additionally, the applicant’s employing council must be paid up with its Taituarā LG SectorGoodToolkit levies.

We strive to attract people with skills and knowledge that will contribute to the achievement of the group's objectives. We also aim to maintain a balance of members from across the range of local authority sizes and types on our reference groups. Geographical spread can also be a consideration.

You will be willing to spend around 10 days per year on projects, and will have the support of your council to do so. The group meetings are generally held five times a year and are notified well in advance. There is a mix of face-to-face and virtual meetings. Note: Taituarā considers that there is a degree of benefit to the individual and their council from meetings and therefore expects the member’s council to meet the costs of travel to meetings.

What’s in it for me?

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to take the next step in their career development. 

Participating in a group that tackles issues of national significance will give you the opportunity to gain fresh perspective, widen your horizon and add to your knowledge about central and local government. 

Participation in the Workforce Reference Group will enhance your leadership capabilities through effective influence and collaboration.

How do I apply?

To apply please send us a statement setting out the skills and experience that you feel is relevant to the role on the group (this could be a CV or something shorter if you wish) and that sets out why you would like to be considered for the vacancy. You will also need to attach a letter or other communication from your Chief Executive in support of your application that indicates they understand the time commitment involved.

Applications should be emailed to by 5pm on 4 November 2022. Appointments will be made by the Chair of the Workforce Reference Group, Gavin Ion, and Taituarā Chief Executive, Karen Thomas, as soon as practicable thereafter.