People and careers

Horizons region is a great place to live and work!

Our place and people have the best of both worlds, enjoying the shopping and nightlife of the city while only needing to travel a small distance to experience rural delights such as our Totara Reserve regional park.

You'll never be short of things to do and see; get your dose of theatre at the Regent in Palmerston North, or take a walk (or jetboat) through our beautiful Manawatu Gorge or cruise the Whanganui River aboard the restored paddle steamer the PS Waimarie.

For more lifestyle information on our region see the following links:


Message from Michael McCartney, Chief Executive

Fancy a career in regional council?

I say great choice! Regional government in this country is an incredibly rewarding career.

Even after 20 years in the business, I am blown away with the variety of different work we are involved in. Scientists, researchers, river engineers, transport planners, policy analysts, plant and animal officers, hydrologists… these are just a few of the careers at Horizons.

The opportunity to move to different roles within Horizons makes it a great career choice, so I encourage you to join our 200 dedicated staff in making our region a great place to live and work.

Our people

Check out some of the fantastic careers we have at Horizons Regional Council.

Maree Clark,

Environmental Scientist - Water

"I love that this job has heaps of variety,

from electro fishing, to technical reporting and data analysis. I have direct involvement in decision making which has major implications on sustainable resource management, giving me a great amount of responsibility, whilst working within a supportive and dynamic team"