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Our people

Meet our team and hear what they love about working at Tauranga City Council.

Maria Davids

Dani Liddell

Sam Hema

Stuart Goodman

Rodney Clarke

Meagan Holmes

Maria Davids, Application Support Analyst

My career at Tauranga City Council began in 2006 in the contact centre. I loved the diversity of this role. Through working closely with a number of different departments I learned a lot about what council does for our community.  

The role opened opportunities for me to progress my career and get to where I am today. I support council’s system applications and manage supplier relations regarding changes and upgrades to our system. The constant changes in technology mean I never stop learning, and I get to interact with most of the staff here at council.

There are so many career paths available at council. The organisation is willing to support you to grow and learn new things. I also love the culture, and many of the people I have met here are now lifetime friends.

Dani Liddell, Digital Print Specialist

I started with council as a digital capture coordinator, then moved to my current role in the print and distribution centre - essentially shifting from digitising paperwork to producing it. It’s incredible and so important for me to be able to work as a public servant for the city that raised me, and I love being a part of the behind the scenes.

There’s also a fantastic welcoming vibe – I just won my first round in a cards tournament we’re holding in the cafeteria during lunch!

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maru.

Sam Hema, Rapid Innovator

Ngāti Kahungunu, Tapuika, Ngāi Tahu.  I’m currently a rapid innovator at the Co-Design & Innovation Lab. Background in media, communications and culture, and the lead guitarist in the Waiata Wednesday band.

What I love about TCC are the good people, open to kaupapa Māori, staff that want to make a difference, the opportunity to help shape a growing city.

I travel every day back and forth from Rotorua in a beat up Toyota and love every moment. The views coming into Tauranga Moana are amazing. Miharo!

Waiata Wednesdays in Tauranga Moana

Stuart Goodman, Team Leader: Bylaws and Parking

I started here as a parking officer back in 2011. I’d been travelling around the world but just couldn’t bring myself to leave Tauranga. After two years, I joined the Animal Services team, then went back to head up the bylaws and parking team. 

The thing I love most about working at the council is every day is an adventure! You never know what you are going to come into or what you’ll be dealing with, the customers you’ll interact with, or problems you’ll be trying to solve.

I ride my e-bike to work with my dog in the front basket and I drop him into doggy daycare on my way in to the office.

Rodney Clark, Water Treatment Engineer

I have worked in local government and the water sector for over 10 years in a variety of roles. As a water treatment engineer, I am focused on optimising the Tauranga water treatment facilities and maintaining world-class water quality and supply – both for existing systems, and those planned for the near future.

The thing I love about Tauranga City Council is the focus on excellence and leadership in the water sector, working not only locally, but on a national level.  

Fun fact about me is that I get to relive my miss-spent youth skateboarding between offices as Tauranga City Council develops around this growing city.

Meagan Holmes, Community Development Manager

I remember someone coming to present about working at a local authority when I was doing my undergraduate degree, and thinking, 'I'd never want to work for a council'. But when I arrived here, I was surprised and impressed by the breadth of what councils are responsible for. 

I started with council as a communications advisor, moved to manage Project Tauranga, and then to my current role when the Community Development team was created. My team builds capacity and resilience in communities - not just geographic communities, but communities of interest like the migrant community, older people, and people with disabilities. 

With an organisation like council, the career possibilities are almost infinite. If you want to move your career forward and you're prepared to work hard and invest in your own development, then there are many opportunities to move within the organisation. 



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