Legal Advisor/Deputy Registrar | Wellington City

Ministry of Justice

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Legal Advisor/Deputy Registrar

Waitangi Tribunal Unit, Wellington

Ministry of Justice

The Waitangi Tribunal is a permanent commission of inquiry charged with making recommendations on claims brought by Māori relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It holds a unique place in the New Zealand constitutional framework.


Te whiwhinga mahi/The Opportunity

The Legal Advisor / Deputy Registrar is responsible for supporting the technical legal leadership of the unit to ensure that claimants to the Waitangi Tribunal can have their claims registered and considered appropriately. Working across the Unit, and supporting the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar will assist in providing legal expertise and advice to staff regarding the registration and handling of claims.


He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience

No candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we have outlined and believe you can bring value to the role, we'd love to hear from you!

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • A Bachelor of Law degree and eligible to hold a practicing certificate is a minimum requirement.
  • Well-developed negotiation, organisational and planning skills
  • A solid understanding of Tribunal jurisprudence
  • An ability to establish and maintain a range of effective internal and external stakeholder relationships and networks
  • An ability to read, understand and interpret complex documents and data, including legislation, statistics, research and analytical reports, scholarly publications, and legal documents

Experience working with judiciary and a commitment to further develop your knowledge in Te Reo and Tikanga Māori will be an advantage.


Ko wai mātou/Who we are

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

Joining Te Tāhū o te Ture means you will become part of an organisation that welcomes and supports people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disabilities and religions. 

He aha ngā painga o tēnei mahi mōu/Why you will enjoy working here

We offer you a range of benefits to support your wellbeing and help make the Ministry a great place to be. These include:

  • 22 days holiday leave
  • flexible work hours where possible
  • an online professional development portal
  • access to a variety of inclusive and proactive networks

See our full range of benefits here.

With a wide range of jobs, you also get the chance to gain a variety of skills and experience while developing your career.

Utu ā-tau/Salary

The appointing salary for this role will be between $83,562 and $116,273 based on skills and experience.

Tono mai/How to Apply

To apply, click the Apply button below 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 25th February; however, we will be reviewing CVs as they come in and inviting successful candidates to interview before the close date.

If you have any questions, please contact



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