ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


20/318 Principal Solicitor (18 months Fixed Term) - Department of Internal Affairs - Wellington

Type: Fixed Term/Secondment - 18 months
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: Legal
Branch: Organisational Strategy and Performance
Salary: $108,555 - $146,868


Interested in working in a fast paced and high performing team grappling with large and complex problems in the Three Waters sector?


With local and central government agreeing to work on a large transformation programme of the three waters sector (drinking water, waste water, storm water), we are looking for a senior lawyer to support our Three Waters Policy Team.


You will be part of the Legal Services team, but your focus will be working with DIA’s Central - Local Government Partnerships Group (CLGP) to support the Three Waters Reform Programme.  You will have opportunities to work across the policy/legal spectrum, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team that is designing and delivering new legislation.   Partnerships are front and centre of this work, so you will be working closely with numerous Councils, Iwi/Māori and across several central government agencies, including: Te Arawhiti, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Treasury, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry for the Environment.


It is fast paced work with complex and difficult issues, tight timeframes and high expectations from Ministers, local government and iwi – no pressure! The ability to hit deadlines while remaining chilled and having a laugh is essential.  We are open to flexible working, including part time hours.


If you want to know more, give us a ring and let’s have a chat.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a Principal Solicitor with particular interest and background in developing policy and legislation.  An understanding of, and experience in the following is critical:

-        policy and Cabinet process

-        parliamentary process for legislation

-        drafting and delivering complex legislation

-        principles of good legislative design.


The role is fixed term or secondment from central government agencies or councils, for a period of 18 months, with an immediate start.


We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.


To learn more about the diverse, important mahi we do at Te Tari Taiwhenua and see why we're a great place to work, click here.


We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
  • People's sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government


Applications close: 5pm, Monday 5 October 2020
For more information please contact: Andrea Speir on 027 649 5359 or [email protected]
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