Senior Solicitor, Treaty of Waitangi Issues

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    3 weeks ago
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 24-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: EDU/1452262
  • Job Title: Senior Solicitor, Treaty of Waitangi Issues
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Senior Solicitor, Treaty of Waitangi Issues | Rōia Pou Mua Tuakana, Ngā Take e pā ana ki te Tiriti o Waitangi

Permanent, full-time role

Based in Wellington


Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.


About our group and team

The Strategy, Planning and Governance (SPG) | Te Ohu Rautaki group works across the Ministry providing strategic governance, accountability and transparency, communications, stakeholder, legal, risk and assurance, planning and monitoring expertise to ensure the Ministry’s work is robust, properly considered and well represented to its stakeholders.

The Legal Services | Rātonga Ture team supports the Ministry by explaining how the law can be applied to achieve policy objectives and perform regulatory functions. The team provides legal advice across the whole range of Ministry of Education responsibilities and services including the early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors, and to both frontline and National Office staff.


About this role

The Senior Solicitor is responsible for providing high quality, timely, accurate legal advice in a variety of forms ranging from opinions and oral advice through to workshopping and working with/instructing external advisors. The focus of this role will be Treaty of Waitangi/ Te Tiriti issues in education, including Waitangi Tribunal claims, policy development, and the operational application of Te Tiriti.


About you

We’re looking for a motivated and enthusiastic solicitor who will have the following:

  • Current practising certificate and at least four years PQE.
  • Ability to assess critically the legal implications of policy analysis.
  • Strong research, investigative, analytical, logical, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships across a diverse group of contacts.
  • Very effective written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated in complex and demanding environments.
  • A high level of integrity, self-motivation, flexibility and responsiveness.
  • Sound judgement and the self-confidence to take a stance.
  • An understanding of and an ability to apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga
  • An understanding of the implications of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for the Ministry.
  • Experience of working with the Waitangi Tribunal.

You will be joining a small, high-performing, legal team providing support to the wider Ministry of Education.


Are you ready to make a difference?

As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi’s guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.


There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.


For further information, please contact Jan Breakwell at

Applications close on 6 March 2020.