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Principal/Senior Solicitor - Public Law - Wellington

08 January 2019

  • New role for an experienced Public Law practitioner  
  • Key strategic branch within our new Ministry  
  • Clear vision and mandate to support NZ communities  

We think all Kiwis should have somewhere warm and dry to live, and we want our cities to lead the world in living standards. Now is your opportunity to be part of building a new Ministry and a brighter future for New Zealand.

The new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is here to deliver the Government’s programme to address homelessness, increase public and private housing supply, make existing homes warmer and healthier. We want to make housing more affordable for people to rent and buy and lead quality urban development strategies to create thriving communities.

About the role and the team

Reporting to the Chief Legal Advisor our Principal / Senior Solicitor role will help lead the legal work on the Ministry’s busy legislation programme, including new urban development legislation and residential tenancies reforms and provide operational advice and support to the Ministry’s business units.

This is a thought and legal team leadership role, drawing on the solicitor’s expertise to contribute to the management and strategic and business planning for the team / branch and Ministry and coaching and mentoring team members to develop capability. You will play a key role in maintaining oversight of the branch’s current work in the area of public law.

What you will bring:

  • Senior to principal level legal expertise in New Zealand public law
  • Proven ability to provide sound advice to across all levels of the organisation
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication ability which will allow you to convey key messages and ideas or simplify complex issues suitable to the audience
  • Strong stakeholder management and negotiation skills
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor others
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, the cultural values of different ethnic groups generally, and Tangata Whenua in particular
  • Interest in the political decision-making process, and especially the Parliamentary legislative process

This is an exciting time to join our new Ministry where you will be part of creating the expectations, culture and success of this group right from the start. If this sounds just the opportunity you have been seeking, then please apply online.

Flexible and/or secondment arrangements will also be considered.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Applications close Tuesday 22 January 2019.

To apply please go to:

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website. Here you can view the attached full position description, as well as complete the online application. Please attach a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be formally submitted via the online application process.

Please note, to be considered for the role, you must have legal right to live and work in New Zealand and have the ability to obtain or maintain a confidential level security clearance.

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Last updated on the 8th January 2019