ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Principal Counsel, Senior Counsel & Legal Counsel Roles - NZ Transport Agency - Auckland

  • Be part of a strong in-house legal team
  • Provide a broad range of expert legal advice
  • Location: Wellington or Auckland

Join the growing, high performing and highly engaged legal team at Waka Kotahi: Principal Counsel, Senior Counsel & Legal Counsel Roles

Nga tūranga | The positions

  • Principal Counsel, Governance & Funding
  • Principal Counsel, Regulatory
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Governance & Funding
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Commercial
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Environment & Property
  • Legal Counsel, Governance & Funding
  • Legal Counsel, Commercial
  • Legal Counsel, Regulatory

Nga Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunities

We're looking for some energetic and strategic lawyers to join our growing team with a range of roles to support our business in delivering Waka Kotahi's purpose and vision.

You'll be working with legal and other experts to deliver some of the largest infrastructure projects in New Zealand, as part of New Zealand's lead regulator for land transport to deliver a safe, fair, sustainable land transport system, or driving excellence in Waka Kotahi's board governance and supporting it's increasingly complex financing and funding activity.  

The work we do is varied and complex so we're looking for people who are open-minded, solutions-focused and able to think outside the box to find new and innovative ways of working.  Your exceptional communication skills, ability to build strong relationships with a range of stakeholders, and aptitude to focus on the big stuff and provide simple, pragmatic and practical advice will fit well with us.

You would need to have experience in a leading law firm or relevant in-house legal experience.  While ideally you will have commercial, regulatory or governance law experience, we will consider other exceptional lawyers with a growth mindset.

We are a high performing team with a great culture working in a flexible environment.  We're focused on our wellbeing and development and like to have fun and laugh.  We welcome anyone looking for a new challenge who wants to be part of a large collaborative team.

Ko koe tēnei | About you

To be successful, you will bring:

  • Experience working in a large and complex environment
  • A strategic thinking approach to see beyond the issue at hand
  • The ability to collaboratively work through complex multifaceted legal issues
  • A growth mindset
  • An ability to provide proactive and solution-focused advice that is simple, pragmatic and practical
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • A tertiary qualification in law
  • A current New Zealand Law Society Practicing certificate

You will also demonstrate knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an understanding of Te Ao Māori and promote tikanga and Te Reo Māori. You will also have knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an appreciation of te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) as it applies in the public sector.

More information on each of the roles is in the position descriptions.  

Ko wai mātou | About us

At Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. Our performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for Aotearoa. Waka Kotahi has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years time.

The Legal Team sits within the Corporate Support Group.  Corporate Support are enablers, advisors and are the people who keep Waka Kotahi safe. Corporate Support includes Finance, Legal, Risk and Assurance, Research and Analytics, Procurement, and Enterprise Change. For Waka Kotahi to be successful, Corporate Support needs to deliver quality services efficiently.

Rā Katinga | Applications close: Sunday 28 November 2021

For a copy of the position descriptions or further information, please email [email protected]

When applying, please advise in your cover letter the position/s that you are interested in being considered for.

Note that you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

Waka Kotahi is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). We recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.