Solicitor, Treaty Settlement Implementation, Legal Services Unit, Corporate Services, Wellington | Wellington

Posted on 13-Aug-2018
Application close date: 03-Sep-2018

We are looking for a solicitor with at least 2 years' legal experience to advise on Treaty of Waitangi settlement implementation issues.


We offer flexible working arrangements, including a part time appointment of no fewer than 30 hours a week.


The work will include providing legal advice on the implementation of Treaty of Waitangi settlements to ensure that the Department is fulfilling its obligations.  The work is likely to include the following types of legal support:


  • The interpretation of clauses in Deeds of Settlement and Settlement legislation, including RFR mechanisms and charging and access issues;
  • Transfers of land, and associated briefings and correspondence for the Minister;
  • Solicitor approval of transfer documents and appropriations;
  • Legal issues around the development of management plans and management agreements under the Settlement Acts;
  • Legal checking of statutory conservation documents including conservation covenants and kawanata;
  • Legal advice on Protocol provisions;
  • Legal advice on delegation issues;
  • Legal advice on Nohoanga entitlements (camping for mahinga kai); and
  • Legal advice on the extent of legal obligations and management of some iwi expectations.


We need someone with strong analytical skills, the ability to work collegially and to communicate practical legal advice in a non-technical manner.  You will also need to have a good understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and their application in the context of conservation legislation.

While you will be a committed team player, you will also be a self starter and be able to work independently.


Please apply online at 


Applications must include:

  • a covering letter;
  • evidence of the competencies in relation to the capability areas as set out in the role description; and
  • a CV.


Please note that you should address and give examples of the competencies related to the capability areas. The interview process will include being asked to demonstrate through examples how you meet the competency requirements.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.


For more information, please contact Shona Bradley at or telephone on 027 807 1443, quoting vacancy 100/2210.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 3 September 2018.


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

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