ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Principal Solicitor (Commercial) - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Principal Solicitor (Commercial)

  • Commercial and/or property law focus
  • Full-time or possible part-time arrangements available
  • Permanent role, conveniently located opposite Wellington train station


Mō te tūnga | About the role

Reporting to the Chief Legal Advisor, you will provide leadership in relation to the Ministry’s commercial work, which includes grant and development funding programmes (including for large scale projects), and facilitation of housing and urban development projects. You will also provide operational advice and support to the Ministry's business units on other matters.

This is a thought and team leadership role. Drawing on your expertise you will contribute to the management, strategy and business planning for the legal team. You will play a key role in coaching and mentoring team members to support overall capability development. You will also maintain oversight of the branch's current work in the area of commercial law.

The salary range for this role is $136,146 - $166,401

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Ō wheako, ō pukenga | About you

We would ideally like someone with Principal-level legal expertise in New Zealand commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate structures, finance, and property development. Or, you may be an inhouse counsel with a working knowledge of these areas who is looking for a development opportunity. You will also have the following:

  • Proven ability to provide sound advice across all levels of the organisation
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication ability which will allow you to convey concise messages and ideas or simplify complex issues suitable to the audience
  • Strong contract drafting skills
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor others

You will bring an awareness of Māori values, practice and perspective to your work, and commitment to growing your knowledge of Te Ao Māori, te reo me tikanga, while supporting others to do the same. A knowledge of Māori entities and Māori land law would be an advantage.

This is a unique opportunity to make a genuine difference to the lives of all New Zealanders' and help create the expectations, culture and success for the legal team moving forward.


What we can offer you:

  • Flexible working policy to give work/life balance, including work-from home days, and possible part-time arrangements.
  • Engaging employee-led people networks that celebrate diversity, provide safe spaces, and encourage thought-leadership
  • Modern office space and cloud -based technology that allows for joined up, cohesive collaboration
  • Wellbeing initiatives, tools and courses, and a discounted health insurance scheme
  • Open minds – we aren't afraid of change and encourage fresh approaches and ideas from people who want to make a difference
  • We work to make sure the aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi are enabled
  • Salaries automatically move up a step on an annual basis


About us

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) leads Aotearoa - New Zealand's housing and urban development work programme.

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga reflects the intention of ‘the foundation for a treasured home'. The name comes from the Māori whakatauki (proverb) ‘he kura kāinga e hokia, he kura tangata e kore e hokia', - ‘a treasured home will endure, not so a treasured person'. It carries with it a strong connection to our purpose: he kāinga ora, he hapori ora - thriving communities where everyone has a place to call home. The importance of ensuring the wellbeing of people within the home, and our connection with the land - acknowledges the generations of people who have always called this place ‘home' - and affirms our commitment to delivering for future generations of New Zealanders


Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Please click APPLY to be directed to the application page, from here you can upload your CV and cover letter.

Please note, while applications close on Sunday, 12 February 2023, we will be reviewing applications as they are received and may progress with suitable applicants prior to the application closing date. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible if you are interested in this position.


For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process. You must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand to be eligible for this position. 


For further inquiries please contact [email protected].