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​Tourism and marketing

The Waitaki District is already an established tourist destination with mountains, lakes and rivers as well as Oamaru with its outstanding buildings and history. We are looking for tourism and marketing students who can help to promote both the District and the Council.

Project opportunityProject overview
Oamaru Public GardensWaitaki District Council is seeking a team of two marketing interns to develop opportunities to market the Oamaru Public Gardens to tourists.  Opportunities include developing a water feature boating experience, as well as interpretation signage. Social media platforms will be used to promote the Oamaru Public Gardens through various channels. The task involves investigation and proof of concept, and the development of complementary tourist attractions.
School campsInvestigate the opportunities for the attraction of school camps and outdoor education from surrounding regions to the Waitaki District
SteampunkLeveraging opportunities relating to Oamaru's pre-eminent 'Steampunk' reputation (and museum)
Vanished World GeoparkFacilitation of Vanished World and geology field trail to become a full-on attraction and to achieve UNESCO Geopark status
World Heritage statusThere are a variety of areas in the District with the potential to meet World Heritage status. Projects will involve investigating and reporting on one or more of these
Oamaru coastal walkway
Investigate the feasibility of the establishment of a coastal walkway from the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony to Bushy Beach. 
Notionally. This walkway would climb to vantage points with spectacular coastal views and include opportunities to visit pillow lava, the WWII gun emplacement at Cape Wanbrow, and yellow-eyed penguins from an elevated viewing hide as they cross the beach.
Recruitment eMagazine
Why choose the Waitaki District to live, work and play?  Also, including promotional material for local promotion i.e. Careers Expo etc.
Welcome packDevelopment of a welcome pack to send out to new ratepayers to the District, covering local attractions and council and business services
Marketing projects (General)A variety of projects for all teams across the Council.  Particularly developing a standardised format of information, what sort and how much and to whom.
Farmers MarketMarketing and support for existing and new vendors
Tourism Strategic PlanSupport for the development of a district-wide tourism strategic plan
Waitaki Valley VineyardsDevelopment of marketing materials
Tourism trailsDevelopment of a series of tourism trail brochures/ e-magazines
Development of a strategic plan for bridle trail/s in the Waitaki districtIf you have a love of horses, this project may appeal.  Develop a strategic plan for bridle trail/s in the Waitaki district, interacting with stakeholders, existing horse trek tourism operators, Tourism Waitaki, and regulators to develop an attractive recreational opportunity for the community, and visitors alike.
Multilingual materialsDevelopment of multilingual materials for tourists
Cruise ship visits to Oamaru
Cruise line operator engagement, the creation of marketing materials, and development of
activity
matrix for potential cruise liner visits to Oamaru.
Annual Chamber and Orchestral Music EventInvestigation of the potential for, and coordination of, an annual Oamaru chamber and orchestral music event in January.
Annual Air ShowFeasibility study and marketing related to a “Wings Over The Waitaki" Oamaru/Omarama Heritage Air Show & Classic Cars/ Waitaki Vineyards event, and associated entertainment - following the ‘Warbirds Over Wanaka’ and 'Oraka Classic Fighter' Airshows.
State Highway 83 -Tourist route  (SH Ate 3)  ​​​Branding and creation of marketing collateral associated with artisan foods and wines trail incorporating the three iconic foods of the Ohau - Waitaki Valley - Oamaru tourist route - salmon, cheese, and wine.
Whitestone Geopark To help determine the viability of a Geopark centre in the Waitaki Valley, and to test the “pulling power” of such a centre to draw visitors to travel along State Highway 83. For more information please download Internship Proposal to gather data for Whitestone Geopark Project (PDF,344KB)
Steampunk/Mortal Engines Marketer
In December 2018, Sir Peter Jackson's new steampunk genre movie Mortal Engines will hit cinema screens worldwide. Oamaru is known as the Steampunk Capital of the World (with the world's only Steampunk Museum).  Help imaginatively leverage opportunities off Mortal Engines and raise the steampunk genre in Oamaru to 'next level'. If you have filming, marketing, graphic design or business administration skills - this may be the perfect internship for you!
Interpretative SignageBranding, design and establishment of consistency of signage for the Oamaru Harbour and surrounds.  This project would suit an imaginative graphic designer with an interest in nature and/or history.

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Digital services and GIS

The Council operates an internal computer system and uses both cloud and web-based systems. Good business practice means that the Council is always looking for new ways to use these systems to increase both the efficiency and the quality of our services. The Council operates a Microsoft environment with 'Authority' for finance and accounting, 'Hansen' for asset management and 'Hexagon' for GIS.

Project opportunityProject overview
Web analyticsDevelop and report on website analytics and recommend strategies to increase traffic
SharePointSupport for development and implementation of Waitaki District Council's SharePoint environment
Online asset management plansStandardise and convert asset management plans to electronic format
Cemetery recordsDevelop electronic cemetery records to replace paper cemeteries record system and link to GIS
Transaction costsEconomic/financial analysis of actual transaction costs – face to face, telephone and electronic, for input into automation business case
AppsProgramming projects for various potential Smartphone App developments
Data compatibility and interoperabilityMerging data sets onto the common Council GIS platform (Hexagon)
Website content review
Review Regulatory website content and templates. Do we have sufficient content? Is it easy to find? Is our communication easy to understand, customer friendly?
.NET Developer There will be several opportunities in this programme of work to assist with enhancing and maintaining integration of a number of core systems
Creation of Service CatalogueCreate a database or structured document with information about all live IT services available to internal customers including information about deliverables, contact points, and the request processes.
Creation of IS Service Level Agreements The creation and implementation of Service Level Agreements with Council business units including the setting targets and establishing monitoring and reporting systems
Unmatched Property Files The focus of the project is to research paper based property records to ensure there is a 100% match to the property records in the GIS system.
District E-PlanTo assist the Council to provide the district plan in electronic format in accordance with new national standards. 
Earthquake Prone BuildingWe need to develop a system that allows Council to record earthquake-prone buildings and comply with new legislation in relation to monitoring these buildings
Stocktake of ReportsWe have recently moved to SSRS and need an audit of existing reports to identify those that serve a current business purpose and still required

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Planning, regulation and the environment

The Council operates a range of planning and regulatory services and is also jointly responsible for the biodiversity of the District along with the Otago Regional Council and the Department of Conservation.

Project opportunityProject overview
District biodiversityWork with the Otago Regional Council and the Department of Conservation to increase the knowledge and mapping of the District's biodiversity
District Plan supportThe Council has commenced a review of the District Plan and this project will generate a wide range of sub-projects
Ecological policyResearch and assistance around a biodiversity spatial plan, with identification/protection of significant natural areas
Street numberingIdentify and help resolve duplication of street number and names, and consult with landowners
Rural numberingIdentify and help resolve duplication of rural numbering, and consult with landowners
Consent monitoring reviewConduct a review and report on the Council's consent monitoring processes and records
Harbour planMap the existing tenure and uses of the Oamaru Harbour and surroundings
Harbour strategyDevelop Harbour Strategy to provide for the public, Council and commercial interests and uses
Coastal protection policy for Council assetsDevelop a coastal protection policy for Council assets - cemeteries/urupa, landfills, road network, parks etc.
Restaurant food safety planningAssist restaurants and cafes to develop food safety planning and become compliant with new legislation
Farmers' markets food safety planningAssist farmers' markets and their participants to develop food safety planning and become compliant with new legislation
Community SafetyDevelop policy/guidelines for providers to hold funds on behalf of several not-for-profit organisations and allocate appropriately
Coastal hazard assessment related to Council AssetsIdentify Council land and associated infrastructure affected by areas of the District's coast subject to natural hazards (erosion and tsunami) and develop mitigation plans, for example, coastal cemeteries, closed landfills, roads and other infrastructure.
Earthquake Prone Building – criteria for financial supportPlan pathway forward for EQP priorities and determine and assess options to support building owners to meet strengthening requirements for approval by Council​
​Mackenzie Basin​Partnership working with LINZ, DOC, Mackenzie and ECAN to better protect landscape and ecological values
​Regulatory Public Engagement Strategy​To investigate best practice across a range of agencies responsible for regulation of their sector. Create, document and deliver a programme for the Regulatory team that delivers a great customer experience and engagement that allows them to meet the regulatory requirements of each team within Heritage, Environment and Regulatory Group.
​Emergency Building Management​Develop procedures and resources for the Territorial Authority to enable leadership of a response in the event of major emergencies for the management of Building infrastructure in the district. Create scenario (table top) exercises based on Natural disaster events to be used for training. ​​​

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Business and economic development

Waitaki has a growing economy, and there are numerous potential projects and initiatives where a student could take on projects that would be of benefit to existing and potential future businesses.

Project opportunityProject overview
Oamaru Public GardensWaitaki District Council is seeking a team of two marketing interns to develop opportunities to market the Oamaru Public Gardens to tourists. Opportunities include developing a water feature boating experience, as well as interpretation signage.  Social media platforms will be used to promote the Oamaru Public Gardens through various channels.  The task involves investigation and proof of concept, and the development of complementary tourist attractions.
Social Enterprise Academy InternationalInvestigate the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy International programme and determine its applicability to Waitaki District with a view to the establishment if appropriate
Reuse of historic buildingsResearch and develop options for RSA building and the current North Otago Museum and Archive Building.
MakerspaceMakerspaces are collaborative workshops where people gather to create, invent & learn.  Contribute to contextualising the design as well as the justification of this concept for Oamaru Library
Economic Development Offshore gas prospect & associated economic development opportunities.  The Barque prospect offshore Oamaru has the potential to double New Zealand's oil and gas production. This project requires you to understand the nature of the prospect and potential production field, and to identify opportunities for Waitaki businesses (and the community) to benefit from this project.  This project will give consideration to maritime and air logistics, along with identification of land-based construction opportunities.
Boat building IndustryCreate marketing collateral aimed at attracting boat builders to establish new boatbuilding operation/s adjacent to Oamaru Harbour.
Marketing/business administrationHelp support the East Otago Field Days in 2018 through marketing and/or administrative support.  The East Otago Field Days are dedicated to the growth of the Otago rural sector, combining all things rural with machinery, technology, services and ideas.
The Alps to Ocean Cycle trail​​​​To conduct an economic benefit study on the A2Oand undertake an assessment of the value that the Alps to Ocean Cycle trail brings to townships.

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Corporate services and finance

Like any business, the Council has a wide range of internal business practices and systems and this department offers projects that would suit a business studies, finance or accounting student.

Project opportunityProject overview
Financial accountabilityDevelop initiatives to drive financial accountability improvements, Council-wide
Non-financial KPIsDevelopment of better performance reporting and KPIs focusing on non-financial measures
Contacts and CRMDevelop a database of Email and contact data from Council's systems while managing the requirements of the Privacy Act
Process mapping & improvementProjects based around specific Council processes to map them and drive improvements
Purchase orders
Review and develop the Council's purchase order systems
ProcurementReview and develop the Council's procurement systems
Health and safety reviewAssist in the development and refinement of our critical Risk Management System as well as other elements of our Health and Safety system.
Health and safety auditingDevelop H&S auditing procedures across Council.
Skill gap and training plansInvestigate skills gaps across the Council's various teams, and develop and recommend appropriate training plans
Emergency managementDevelop process mapping for the Council's Emergency Management operation
Project prioritisation and tracking frameworkDevelop a project prioritisation and tracking framework to assist with the Council's workflows
Training and Development (Digital packages )Creation of digital training packages for staff growth and development

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Communications and media

The Council has an internal and external communication team that is responsible for communications with the staff, and between the Council and the District’s communities.  The council also wishes to develop the breadth and reach of its social media tools and systems.

Project opportunityProject overview
Social media/communications/environment scanningExtend the market penetration and improvement of the Council’s social media efforts - total packaged campaign
Internal communicationsPlan and develop a methodology for internal communications and prepare a staff eMagazine
Customer services researchReview the use of digital engagement by the Council and recommend how best to engage with the modern ratepayer
Communications Style Guides/HubReview of existing Style Guide and creation of electronic style guide hub.
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Engineering and infrastructure

The Council is responsible for a wide range of infrastructure and other assets including public gardens, parks, sport fields and play areas, an aquatic centre, sealed and unsealed roads and bridges, both on demand and restricted drinking water supplies and a number of sewage systems as well as historic commercial and community buildings.

Project opportunityProject overview
Risk registerDevelop a risk register for the Asset Group
Thames StreetDevelop options for making the best use of Thames Street corridor space
Harbour StreetIdentify options for the better movement of people through this area, including tying it into Thames Street
Harbour Street beautificationDevelop a design plan to upgrade Harbour Street
Parking strategyDevelop a holistic picture of Oamaru parking with a plan of what is needed now, and in 10 years' time
Roading satisfactionCollect and report on the public satisfaction of the road network and identify service issues and how might they be solved
Road safety educationUpdate the Council's road safety education programmes
Inspection of footpathsCatalogue and report on the condition of the District's footpaths and develop a repair logging process
Inspection of 3rd party work in road corridorCatalogue non-council work in the roads and investigate historical unresolved issues
Education programmes for solid wasteDevelop an awareness programme to reduce illegal fly tipping and increase commitment to waste minimization
Water restrictors and connectionsInspect and report on water restrictors on water supply networks across the District, along with the condition of Council owned connections
Drinking water complianceInvestigate and report on compliance of the District's various drinking water networks
Asset management systemsAudit the Council's asset data
Asset data collectionUpdate the Council's asset data to include all properties
Investigate manhole conditionInspect and report on the Council's manhole covers and pits across the District
Inspection of community hallsCatalogue and report on the condition of the District's community halls and develop a repair logging process
Investigate Council buildingsCatalogue and report on the condition of the Council's buildings, generate where possible as-built plans, and develop a repair logging process
Investigate other Council propertyCatalogue and report on the condition of the Council's other property and develop a repair logging process
Land status analysisIdentify and develop a register of who owns (Council / Crown) which 'public' land.  Investigate Council's policies and legislation that is relevant to this land tenure
Dog poundScoping for new sites for proposed relocation of dog pound compound. Project management of preferred option.
Engineering  Economic DevelopmentOffshore gas prospect & associated economic development opportunities.  The Barque prospect offshore Oamaru has the potential to double New Zealand's oil and gas production. This project requires you to understand the nature of the prospect and potential production field, and to identify opportunities for Waitaki businesses (and the community) to benefit from this project.  This project will give consideration to maritime and air logistics, along with identification of land-based construction opportunities.
Oamaru coastal walkwayInvestigate the feasibility of the establishment of a coastal walkway from the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony to Bushy Beach. Notionally, this walkway would climb to vantage points with spectacular coastal views and include opportunities to visit pillow lava, the WWII gun emplacement at Cape Wanbrow, and yellow-eyed penguins from an elevated viewing hide as they cross the beach.
Coastal cycleway
​Develop feasibility and economic impact study for a cycleway from Oamaru to Palmerston (and later Dunedin)
​A2O Alps to Ocean cycle trail​Review of how A20 is being used and what the opportunities are for future growth
​Recreation strategy​Develop a better understanding of what information is held by the Council and its partners, how good it is, and how it could be used

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Governance and democracy

The Council is led by a democratically elected political body that develops policy and objectives for the District and provides community leadership.

Project opportunityProject overview
Policy registerDevelop and update the Council’s policy register
Business continuity plans
Develop business continuity plans for the Council’s business to provide for unavailability of key staff and/or accidents natural disasters
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Film and the arts

Possessing a rich and diverse range of outstanding landscapes and buildings, the District is a mecca for filmmakers, and parts of several major films have been produced here including The Lord of the Rings and the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as a number of advertisements.

The Council works in partnership with Film Otago Southland.  The District also has a vibrant arts and crafts scene.

Project opportunityProject overview
Art and CultureGathering together, as well as creating some resources for Our Built Heritage – a project that links our architectural drawings collection to our photographs of buildings, oral histories of building owners, current maps of the township showing locations of buildings and also creates additional contemporary content relating to the buildings.
Film Otago/Southland liaisonDeveloping/coordinating database of film shoot locations, and assisting high-quality photo shoots
Oamaru Whitestone Civic TrustDevelop media/marketing materials to assist with recruitment of volunteers to assist this heritage restoration organisation
Graphic design
Design and develop infographics relating to the Waitaki District Council’s Long-Term Plan to aid this and associated community consultation.
FilmingMaking and collating a library of video resources for use by the Council and its partners for the preparation of modules for eMagazines and other promotional material
Festival management
Assist with the marketing and management of festivals and events at the Oamaru Opera House
Gallery RedevelopmentMajor redevelopment of Art Gallery/Museum and associated archives.  Support successful delivery of this project.

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Suggest your own project

You are a student who is passionate, driven and talented; maybe you have an idea for a project that we have not thought of that would be perfect for the Council or our community?  So, come on and suggest it to us!

There is no idea that is not worth consideration; you never know we might be able to help you follow your dream, so just try us.

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Page reviewed: 05 Dec 2018 10:48am