Working for Us

At Horizons we aim to be an organisation recognised for our expertise, innovation and leadership in making our region a great place to live, work and play. We truly believe that we cannot achieve this vision unless we have a great team.

Of course, our organisational personality is important to us also. We provide an environment that supports personal growth, learning and development, great leadership, and internal progression. We also foster employee wellbeing, celebrate our successes and encourage lifestyles which underpin our vision of being a great place to live, work and play.

Horizons are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to ensuring we have a diverse and inclusive workplace so our people reflect the diversity of our region.

Our Culture

Our organisational culture is critical and shapes our decision making and interactions with each other, and the wider communities we serve.  We are committed to encouraging a supportive, positive and inclusive culture where communication, ideas, collaboration, and skills are valued.  We believe that this is key to our success.  Our culture is reflected in our ‘Big 5’ behaviours which help to shape us as an organisation:

  • Relationship management – 'The power of having conversations';
  • Working as one - 'Managing our differences and building trust. Every face is a Horizons face';
  • Facilitating positive outcomes - 'Solutions and valued outcomes ahead of process';
  • Capability and capacity - 'Aligning our people to the future'; and
  • Creating an agile organisation - 'Insight and foresight for future relevance’

Meet our people

The Benefits of Working for Us

When you join us you can look forward to a rewarding career full of opportunities to develop, along with a positive and supportive work environment.  We take a holistic approach to employee wellbeing, acknowledging that job satisfaction is also about enabling a balance between work and life outside work. We do this through:

  • Strong focus on employee health, wellness and wellbeing;
  • Flexible work-life-balance opportunities;
  • Family friendly work environment;
  • Assistance with tertiary education;
  • Positive health and safety culture;
  • Capability development programmes that enable advancement into leadership roles, along with skill development across different functional jobs; and
  • A supportive and social work environment where enduring friendships and collegiality develop.
We also provide an environment which supports both personal and professional growth.  We provide you with opportunities to stretch, perform, grow and maximise your potential.  These opportunities include ongoing learning and development, study assistance and internal promotion opportunities.

Our Place


People who live in our region have the best of both worlds – they enjoy the shopping, great food and nightlife of the city while only needing to travel a small distance to experience the rural delights, ski fields, rivers, beaches and reserves such as our regional park Totara Reserve.

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

Raising a family? Our region offers some of the best schools in the country. Thinking of studying? We have Massey University and UCOL right on our doorstep. Interested in sports? We also have an incredible variety of sporting opportunities, whether you are a spectator or a participant - our region has so much to offer!

For more lifestyle information on our region see Destination Manawatū and City of Whanganui.

Work With Us

We are always on the look out for those who take an interest in our organisation.
Drop us a line and your details if you would like to be in the know for our next opening.

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