Our vision and mission

Together, with our people, for our future.

It’s our Southland.

Being proud to belong

Have a sense of belonging to SDC and community.

Have enthusiasm for Southland. Wanting the best for Southland.

Be proud of what you do and how you do it.

Creating opportunities

Strive for continuous improvement.

Embrace change, see it as an opportunity.

Seek to learn. Question the status quo.

Taking ownership

Delivering on promises.

Do what you say. Walk the talk.

Owning mistakes and learning from them.

Being upfront.

Doing the right thing at the right time.

Being solution focused.

Working together

Demonstrating honest, open and appropriate communication.

  • open to feedback
  • actively listening
  • courageous conversations

Respecting each other.

  • supporting
  • treating fairly
  • recognising needs

Building and maintaining relationships.

Sharing knowledge and expertise.

Work life balance

At Southland District Council, we know you have a life outside of work. That’s why we offer flexible hours, remote and hybrid working, for most of our roles.

Career development

At Southland District Council, we invest in our staff and support you all the way on your professional journey through training opportunities, secondments and study grants.

Health and wellbeing

At Southland District Council we care about your health and wellbeing, offering you and your family a range of benefits.

Embracing culture

At Southland District Council, culture is embraced. Our Tikanga Rōpū encourages staff on their personal and professional Te Ao Māori journey.