Our People

Rotorua Lakes Council is a large organisation with teams working across a wide range of areas and projects.

Due to this, career progression and diversification within Council is common. Many of our current employees have chosen to stay with Council and work in a range of roles experiencing career progression and development.

Rotorua Lakes Council prides itself in being innovative and future focused, and with this comes exciting opportunities to be involved with some of our key projects. You can learn about these here.

The team at Rotorua Lakes Council reflects our wider community – diverse, friendly and passionate about creating a bright future for the city. Working here means working for the best outcome for the people of Rotorua. Listen to some of our team share their own stories below.

Debbie Bly – Senior Trade Waste and Pollution Control Officer

Josiah Paul – Digital Communication Advisor

Arana Waaka-Stockman – Senior Animal Control Officer

Internships

20-year-old Tara Chemis is studying toward a Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) at The University of Auckland.

She chose this pathway as it would provide her a wide range of opportunities and because she says she loves to learn and see things grow.

“My studies revolves around urban environments and creating an environment for the people. I love seeing improvements in the city and thought this degree would be a great way to learn more and help build sustainable futures”

The internship role at Rotorua lakes Council gives her the opportunity to learn about the relationship between her studies and real world work experience.

“The Council has a diverse amount of roles within my field and I was very interested in learning more about where my studies will take me in the future. I also grew up in Rotorua and thought it would be a good experience to learn more about my hometown.”