Principal Solicitor
Department of Conservation
Wellington, New Zealand
3d ago

Job Specification

  • An exciting new opportunity has become available for a Principal Solicitor with a high level of experience in Treaty of Waitangi matters to join the Legal Services Team.
  • This is a permanent, full-time, and senior role preferably based in Wellington, but other locations may be considered.
  • We may also consider a secondment from both the public and private sectors.
  • Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata

    If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive

    At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation (DOC) we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives.

    Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.

    He angitūtanga About the role

    The Principal Solicitor, (Treaty of Waitangi) is a new role working closely with the policy, operations, and regulatory teams within Te Papa Atawhai.

    You will provide strategic advice and support to Te Papa Atawhai in giving effect to Treaty principles -in Te Papa Atawhai's work.

    The key task is to provide high quality and strategic legal advice on complex Treaty of Waitangi issues. The aim is to ensure that DOC's decision-making on matters that involve Treaty of Waitangi issues is robust and expressed in a cogent way.

    An initial area of work will be assisting in the partial reviews of the Conservation General Policy (CGP) and National Parks General Policy (NPGP) as those reviews engage directly with Treaty of Waitangi principles and their application to statutory policies.

    We have recently appointed a principal solicitor to focus on strategic legal issues and how best to use legal resources.

    It is anticipated that the Principal Solicitor (Treaty of Waitangi) will work closely with the other principal solicitor.

    Primarily the work will have an outward facing focus and deal with complex Treaty issues. It will also involve supporting conservation by providing legal input and advice on other departmental activities to our internal customers and business groups.

    Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako Skills and experience

    As the Principal Solicitor (Treaty of Waitangi), you ideally have a background and knowledge of working in the Treaty of Waitangi space both within local or central Government or within Māori organisations.

    We are looking for an in-depth understanding of issues from both an iwi, hapū and whanau, and Crown perspective.

    We are also looking for a positive strong personality, who can confidently advise and influence decision makers, who can remain focused and work well under pressure.

    We work collegially so participation in our team is welcomed.

    Required :

  • Seven or more years' experience
  • An in-depth understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and their application in government work.
  • An in-depth understanding of Section 4 of the Conservation Act and the application of the principles in the context of DOC's work and relevant case law.
  • Understanding of DOC's business
  • Current NZ practising certificate.
  • Strong communicator with the ability to explain practical legal advice in a non-technical manner
  • Ability to positively influence
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to adapt as the role's requirements evolve
  • Team player who enjoys collaboration and capable of working on their own
  • An understanding of Te Ao Māori, tikanga and whakapapa
  • Desirable

  • Fluency or good understanding ofTe Reo Māori
  • Mō mātou About us

    Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

    Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.

    Ko ngā hua What we offer

    We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations.

    Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes :

  • Flexible working options where applicable
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks such as Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network
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