Solicitor, Treaty Negotiations, Legal Services, Corporate Services, Wellington | Wellington

Posted on 13-Aug-2018
Application close date: 03-Sep-2018
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We are looking for a senior solicitor based in Wellington with at least 6 years PQE experience.  The primary focus of the position will be providing legal advice and support on Treaty settlement negotiations and implementation matters.


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


Specific information about the job

The role will include:

  • Providing legal advice and support to the Policy Negotiations Team who negotiate the cultural redress component of Treaty of Waitangi settlements as relevant to the Department, on a variety of matters including:
    • Attending meetings with the Office of Treaty Settlements and negotiations with iwi;
    • Providing legal advice as required to the Policy Negotiations team members;
    • Participating in the drafting process and providing advice on draft agreements in principle, draft deeds of settlement and Treaty settlement bills;
    • Preparing and reviewing drafting instructions and ensuring that they clearly set out desired policy and negotiation outcomes;
    • Advising on implementation issues such as the development of plans and the interpretation of deeds of settlement and settlement legislation.
    • Supporting conservation by providing legal input and advice on other departmental activities, legislation administered by the Department and other agencies, other internal customers and Business Groups.


This is a varied and challenging role.  Strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate practical legal advice in a non-technical manner are essential. While we are looking for a committed team player, the right person will also be a self-starter and be able to work independently. A good understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi is a must.


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


Please apply online at Applications must include all of the following:

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


Please note – we ask that in your application you address and give examples of the competencies related to the capability areas as set out in the relevant role description.  The interview process for shortlisted candidates will include being asked to demonstrate through examples how you meet the competency requirements.


For more information, please contact Isabella McCulloch at, quoting the position number 100/2109.


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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