Principal Liaison Officer - Aotea Māori Land Court, Whanganui

Ministry of Justice

  • Fixed Term
  • Manawatū-Whanganui

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the Role

The modern Māori Land Court and Māori Appellate Court are enduring courts of record continued under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993.

The legislative framework recognises that whenua is a taonga tuku iho of special significance to Māori, and it is the primary objective of both Courts to promote and assist in the retention of Māori land for the effective use, management and development of the land by its owners.

In pursuing the objective, they are supported in their operational work by the Ministry of Justice, which provides client advisory, court registry, case management, land registry and judicial support services.

Our Principal Liaison Officers are responsible for providing specialist facilitation, assessment, analysis and information services to Māori Land owners and customers of the Court to enable them to obtain and access specialist resources and professional advice.

Some of your daily responsibilities will be:

  • To broker effective working relationships.
  • Development of Māori land through proactively developing, managing and maintaining relationships.

Mō te tīma/About our Team

At Tāhū o te Ture - the Ministry of Justice, we're committed to working together for a fair and safe Aotearoa.

You will work within a well-established, experienced and vibrant team alongside technical experts and you'll be flexible, clam, resilient and in no way daunted by the court environment.

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It's our promise to ensure our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture and one where diversity is welcomed and celebrated. 

He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • An in-depth understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage the Māori/Crown relationship
  • Proven practical experience applying business sense in an environment applicable to Māori Land
  • Demonstrated networking, brokering, facilitation and customer service skills
  • Extensive knowledge of, and connections with, local Iwi and other Māori organisations and networks
  • Previous experience in public relations, customer service or media management roles
  • Extensive working experience with Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and related legislation
  • A good general knowledge of, and respect for, tikanga Māori and a commitment to further develop your knowledge or Te Reo Māori

Tono mai/How to Apply

We currently have a fixed-term vacancy until 31 March 2021 in our Whanganui registry office.

Salary Range: $70,445-$99,452.

To apply, click here to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description here, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

Applications close on 27 September 2020

If you have any questions please contact

Please quote MOJ/1482002 for all enquiries.


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