Our strategic direction guides our work over the current council’s term. To ensure we continue to effectively address current issues, we review our strategic direction at the start of each new council term.
Our vision: Competing globally, caring locally.
Our mission: Working with others to build a Waikato region that has a healthy environment, a strong economy and vibrant communities.
Our code and values help define how we will work as individuals and as an organisation to achieve our vision, mission and goals.
Our values give us a clear set of common goals and behaviours that give our work meaning and help us achieve the organisational objectives that are defined in our vision and mission.
We help create the right conditions for the Waikato region to compete globally, care locally. We are unified by this common purpose and guided by our three core values – being responsible, effective and respectful.
Responsible: Do the right thing - for people and place
Effective: Make a difference - reach for results
Respectful: Act with respect - toward all
Our values are on display every day – everything we do or say, our systems, processes and people show others what’s important to us.
That’s why these values are incorporated into everything we do, including our job descriptions, interview processes, the orientation programme, ongoing training activities, and our appraisal system.
Waikato Regional Council's workforce is highly motivated, professional and customer focused.
Team work is a key feature of our culture, with staff members working in project teams to ensure the best mix of skills and resources.
Waikato Regional Council’s main office is located in Hamilton East. We also have offices in Paeroa, Taupo, and Whitianga, as well as depots in Gordonton, Te Aroha and Kerepehi.
The region covered by Waikato Regional Council is known for its diverse landscape including farmland, rolling hills, rivers, lakes, coast lands and volcanic mountains. You can choose to live in a small beach town, a close-knit rural community, or the central city and still be close to amenities. Natural highlights of the region include Raglan and Coromandel beaches, Waitomo caves, Lake Taupo, the Whangamarino wetlands, and numerous forestry walks.
Hamilton is the main centre of the region with a population of 131,000. The city is built around the banks of the Waikato River and characterised by its café culture, world class gardens, university and innovative research facilities. Hamilton plays host to many national and international events, including Balloons Over Waikato (NZ’s premier hot air ballooning event), Fieldays (the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere), and The Great Race (rowing regatta).