He aha i tohu ai i te Kaunihera o Whakatū

At Nelson City Council: We believe that taking care of Nelson starts and ends with taking care of our people. This is at the core of everything we do.

As an employer: We want to acknowledge our people’s performance; celebrate their successes and the value they add to our organisation; support employee wellbeing and recognise our people’s contribution – both as teams and as individuals. 

Our employee benefits, workplace focus areas and good employer initiatives include:

Wellbeing: is a real focus at Nelson City Council - to create a healthy and enjoyable workplace for us all: From our staff-led Wellness Team, to our training and support of positive mental health through the ‘WellBeing@Work’ programme and ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ initiatives. We also aim to support a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle wherever we can – just a few examples are walking meetings, re-useable water bottles, Council sports teams and lunchtime yoga.

Celebrating success and employee recognition: Recognising the contributions our people make on a daily basis – to our team and to our community - is an important part of the Nelson City Council culture. We place great importance on ensuring employees feel connected to the wider organisation and understand their involvement in the bigger picture, by acknowledging their achievements and sharing of our successes, in lots of different ways.

Employee benefits and discounts: In addition, as one of Nelson’s largest employers, we’re able to partner with both local and national suppliers to offer our people attractive discounts on a wide range of products and services – there’s something for everyone - from home loans and gym memberships to movie vouchers and gardening equipment.

Flexible working: Our Flexible Working Policy enables us, whenever possible, to accommodate employee requests for work hours and locations which fit well with their lives, interests and responsibilities outside of work. Our staff tell us how much they appreciate this flexibility, which allows them to make the most of the great lifestyle on offer in the Nelson region. And we know that our people are at their most efficient, happy and productive when they are able to sustain a good work-life balance.

Learning and development: A thorough induction; cadet and leadership programmes; varied career development opportunities; skills training; mentoring and supported learning all come together to offer our people a huge range of personal development options.

Social Club and events: Our passionate social club committee put on a range of popular events throughout the year – from winter warmer breakfasts to summer bike rides on the Great Taste Trail. We also try to connect and celebrate together often - whether it be through charity morning teas and mufti days or staff get-togethers – from mid-winter mini golf to Easter hot cross buns and family day BBQs.