New Zealand Law Society - Kaitohutohu Ture | Legal Counsel - Wellington

Kaitohutohu Ture | Legal Counsel - Wellington

  • Based in Te Whanganui -a-Tara | Wellington
  • Full time permanent role
  • 5 weeks annual leave

He angitūtanga: About the Role:
The Legal Counsel role, based in Te Whanganui -a-Tara │ Wellington, is primarily responsible for:

  • Working with the business in all aspects of the legal work of the Māori Trustee including Māori land law, trusts law, estates, landlord and tenant, general property, commercial and contract, resource management, legislative compliance, opinion work, litigation and dispute management including appearances as counsel.
  • Assisting the General Counsel of the Māori Trustee to manage the legal issues of the Māori Trustee.
  • Provision of legal advice to internal business teams, including the Senior Leadership team, to support operational functions.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for:

  • 2-4 years post-admission in-house or commercial law firm experience
  • A current practising certificate issued by NZLS.
  • 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.
  • Ability to provide quality legal advice, which is strategic, accurate, solutions focused and well targeted.
  • Ability to demonstrate well-structured and rational analysis and decision making.
  • Ability to always work with a high level of integrity and resilience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong skills in building and fostering internal and external working relationships.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • A desire and ability to practise correct pronunciation of Te Reo Māori (essential).
  • 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?
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.

About 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.

It is an exciting time for our organisation. We have identified the need for additional legal support within our small, dynamic and hardworking in-house legal team. To learn more about the important work we do please check out our website:

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.

He pēhea te tono | How to apply
Please send a cover letter and CV to Applications for this role close 21st April 2024, unless role filled prior.