21/073 Taumata Arowai General Counsel

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    3 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Legal & courts
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: 152505
  • Job Title: 21/073 Taumata Arowai General Counsel
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Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: Taumata Arowai
Salary: $126,000 – $171,5000


Taumata Arowai General Counsel

  • Small regulator, big purpose
  • Create and shape
  • Build your team 

Taumata Arowai the Water Services Regulator

Exciting green fields opportunity to contribute to leading a new water services regulator for Aotearoa New Zealand.

As part of the Government s Three Waters Reform Programme, a new Crown entity has been established which will regulate drinking water supplies to ensure all our drinking water is safe and monitor our waste and stormwater networks.   Currently, the establishment of this entity is sitting within the Department of Internal Affairs.

One of our first steps is to create our Corporate Team, led by our recently appointed Head of Corporate.  As General Counsel, you will lead our legal and litigation functions which will support Taumata Arowai to deliver its mandate as a regulator.  Managing a growing legal team, you will need to be both strategic and pragmatic as you get your function up and running.  Innovation and creativity are key drivers in the way we will work our size requires us to be smart and agile.

While much of the establishment design and build work has been completed to ensure we have the capability to perform as the regulator from 1 July 2021, we need our General Counsel to support our new Board and Leadership Team in their decision making; deliver a full suite of legal services and support our regulatory team with their compliance activities.  

We are looking for someone who is keen to take a step up in their legal career to be part of a corporate leadership team leading and driving the strategic direction of a new organisation in a time of significant change within the infrastructure and water sectors.  

You will need be have a current practicing certificate with at least 10 years post qualification experience and have had significant experience providing legal advice and managing legal risk in either central or local government in a corporate legal environment.    You will understand public law as it applies to Crown agencies and understand the New Zealand regulatory environment.   Litigation experience Your ability to work with complexity and ambiguity, to be innovative and think on your feet and know how to build and nurture a team will be critical skills.  

Upon commencement as a Crown entity, your employment will transfer from the Department of Internal Affairs to Taumata Arowai.  If you would like to discuss this position further, please contact our HR Consultant bridget.mcbean@dia.govt.nz.


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We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
  • People’s sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.


Applications close: 5pm, Thursday 18 February 2021
For more information please contact: Bridget McBean, HR Consultant, 0274534270 bridget.mcbean@dia.govt.nz
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