ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Kaitohutohu Ture Matua | Senior Legal Counsel - Full-Time - Wellington

Kaitohutohu Ture Matua | Senior Legal Counsel

Permanent Full time

Based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington

5 weeks leave


He angitūtanga: About the Role:

This role will work as part of our Te Whanganui-a-Tara │ Wellington office. The Senior Legal Counsel is primarily responsible for:

  • Assisting the General Counsel of the Māori Trustee to manage the legal issues of the Māori Trustee.
  • Working directly with the Business on all aspects of the legal work of the Māori Trustee including Māori land law, trusts law, estates, landlord and tenant, conveyancing and general property, commercial and contract, resource management, legislative compliance, opinion work, litigation and dispute management including appearances as counsel.
  • Day to day supervision of all members of the Legal Team (overseeing their workloads, priorities and work outputs.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for:

  • At least 5 years post-admission in-house or commercial law firm experience
  • Hold a current practising certificate issued by NZLS
  • Proven experience in as many of the following areas of law: Māori land law, trusts law, estates, landlord and tenant, conveyancing and general property, commercial and contract, resource management, legislative compliance, opinion work, litigation and dispute management
  • Demonstrable ability in the provision of quality legal advice and representation which is strategic, legally accurate, solutions focused and well targeted.
  • Experience in conflict management mitigation
  • Excellent legal analytical, problem solving skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to demonstrate well-structured and rational analysis and decision making.
  • Someone who can work with an exceptional level of personal integrity, engender trust and credibility and always act ethically and consistently with professional obligations
  • Someone who can work with a high level of integrity, resilience and sets and maintains the highest standards
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent skills in building and fostering strong internal and external relationships.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Dynamics NAV, SharePoint and/or M365 is a plus.
  • Certification to practice conveyancing (desirable)
  • Eligibility to work in New Zealand is essential.


Ngā Pae Mōhiotanga Reo Māori

  • Pae Tahi- Te Whakahua | A desire and ability to practise correct pronunciation of Te Reo Māori (essential).
  • Ngā Pae Mōhiotanga Tikanga Māori
  • Pae Tahi- Nō Ia Rā | An understanding and living of Tikanga Māori on a day-to-day level, for example, the removing of shoes before entering a whare, washing hands at the urupa and not sitting on tables (essential)


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

  • 5 weeks leave
  • Training and Development opportunities

This is an opportunity to join a supportive organization that values work life balance and career development.  We are a tight-knit bunch, passionate about supporting Māori landowners to protect and enhance their land.  The expertise and fresh perspectives you bring will be valued highly, and will be critical in enabling our vision.


Te Tumu Paeroa

E totoka ai te tumu o te papatipu hei oranga mō Te Iwi Māori, o mua, o naianei, o anamata hoki.

Ko Te Tumu Paeroa tēnei, te kaitiaki, kaitaunaki, kaiwhakawhanake i te mana o ngā whenua Māori, huri noa.

So that the foundations of ancestral lands may be solid, benefitting Māori from our past, present and future alike. This is Te Tumu Paeroa, guardian, support and advancer of the mana of Māori land everywhere.

Our role is to provide professional trustee services for Māori. We do this by carrying out the terms of trusts and ensuring the whenua is protected and enhanced for future generations.


Ngā Mātāpono, Ngā Uara Whai o Te Tumu Paeroa

Keeping our values close at hand, top of mind and always in the heart. Kia Mau!

  • Tōtika Te tika o te tū | Professionalism

Being great at our job is how we make the most difference for whenua and whanau.

  • Kotahitanga Te raranga i te tira | Unity

We work as one, we trust each other, and value our differences.

  • Manaakitanga Te akiaki i te mana | Respect

We treat everyone with dignity, fairness and empathy.

  • Mana Te ihi, te wehi, te wana | Integrity

Integrity is the heart of everything we do.

It is an exciting time for our organisation. We have identified the need for additional senior legal support within our small, dynamic and hardworking in-house legal team.


He pēhea te tono | How to apply

Please send a Cover letter and CV to [email protected]. Applications for this role close 24th May unless filled prior.