Senior Solicitor, (Treaty of Waitangi Issues)

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    6 months ago
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  • Category: Legal/Compliance
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: DOC/100/21154HA
  • Job Title: Senior Solicitor, (Treaty of Waitangi Issues)
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  • Summary:
  • An exciting new opportunity has become available for a Senior Solicitor with experience in Treaty of Waitangi matters within the Legal Services Team.
  • This is a permanent full-time senior role based in either our Wellington or Hamilton office.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

The Senior Solicitor Treaty of Waitangi issues is a new role working closely with the policy, operations and regulatory teams within DOC. You will provide support and advice to DOC in implementing giving effect to Treaty principles in the course of DOC’s work.

The key focus is providing sound legal input into the delivery of processes and good quality statutory decision making in the complex Treaty of Waitangi environment, including the partial review of Conservation General Policy (CGP) and National Parks General Policy (NPGP).

The work will also involve supporting conservation by providing legal input and advice on other departmental activities, legislation administered by the Department of Conservation and other agencies to our internal customers and business groups.


Salary range: $87,893 – $134,769 


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

As the Senior Solicitor Treaty of Waitangi issues you ideally have a background and knowledge working in the Treaty of Waitangi space within local or central Government.  We are looking for a positive personality, who can remain focused and work well under pressure. We work collegially so participation in our team is welcomed.


  • 6 or more years’ experience
  • An in-depth understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi  
  • 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.
  • A sound knowledge of DOC’s business
  • Current NZ practising certificate.
  • Strong communicator with the ability to explain practical legal advice in a non-technical manner
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to adapt as the role’s requirements evolve
  • Team player who enjoys collaboration and capable of working on their own


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you?

The chance to join a large organisation.  We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

A supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

How to apply?

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre.

You must provide:

  • a covering letter;
  • CV; and
  • Descriptions of how you demonstrate that you meet the capabilities in the role description and the requirements set out above.

Note shortlisting includes taking into account your description of how you meet the capabilities in the role description and if you are interviewed you will be asked for specific examples of these.


For any enquiry, please contact Sarah Spencer –, quoting vacancy 100/2115. 

Applications close at 5pm Monday, 1 March 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.