Senior Solicitor

Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs

  • Permanent
  • Wellington

This is an opportunity for 2 lawyers to make a meaningful contribution on a 12-month fixed term contract or secondment, to an organisation that is focused on helping to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders.

The mahi at Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs spans across so many areas, and they are committed to helping people grow in their areas of interest, so contact us and tell us what pieces of work you want to get involved in! No matter what, your day will never be the same. The Department advises on matters focusing on gambling, anti-money laundering, digital safety, charities, local government, and citizenships just to name a few. You can find the full legislation portfolio that they administer here:

Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role

You will report directly to the Policy and Regulatory Legal Manager, Tania Nedelcheva-Pearson. Creating a collaborative and supportive working environment for the team is important to Tania. She cares about her kaimahi and is invested in their development and seeing them reach their full potential.

The legal matters you will handle will be of varying size and complexity and will require working collaboratively with and providing support to investigators, advising on regulatory compliance and enforcement matters and liaising with Crown Solicitors and Crown Law. There are also opportunities to get involved in policy and legislative projects amending primary legislation and/ or regulations.

You will be able to have a flexible working arrangement, enjoy meaningful mahi with a lot of variety, and will have access to support and development opportunities. You will also work with a tight-knit team of lawyers who are passionate about their work but also like to have a good laugh.

Te Tari Taiwhenua are committed in supporting their rōia Māori by encouraging participation in Te Kura Huna and joining Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa. Te Tari Taiwhenua also has a large Tangata Whenua Network which provides valuable support for their kaimahi.

We’re happy to receive applications for this role if you’re looking for full-time, part-time, secondment, remote or other flexible working arrangements.

Mōhou ake | About you

  • Intermediate to senior level of post-admission experience acquired in the public law/regulatory space with proven knowledge of government processes and machinery of government
  • Legislative, operational and/or litigation experience will be a bonus but is not a key requirement
  • Excellent problem-solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal savvy
  • Great written and verbal communication skills and the ability to tailor advice for the audience
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi is important to our work, so an interest in Māori/ Crown relations and the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is desirable
  • You must be comfortable being able to advise on the go while also recognising when something may require more thorough research and analysis
  • Willing to adapt and learn, and have a pragmatic, solutions-focused approach
  • New Zealand qualified with a current practising certificate or the ability to obtain one

Apply Now | Tono inianei

Working at Te Tari Taiwhenua, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of New Zealanders.

They are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. They recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. Te Tari Taiwhenua are committed to creating a workplace where all kaimahi have equal access. If you require any additional support throughout the recruitment process, please let our consultants know.

If you are passionate about making a positive difference and want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team, we encourage you to apply today! Applications close on Sunday 26 November at 5pm. Robert Walters is exclusively managing the recruitment of this position. For a confidential discussion, please contact one of the following Consultants:



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