New Zealand Law Society - Legal Team Manager - Treaty Issues

Legal Team Manager - Treaty Issues

Mō mātou | About us

Crown Law provides legal advice and representation to the Government in matters that affect everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our mahi ranges from the enforcement of criminal law and protection of the revenue, to matters involving human rights and te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi. Our counsel appear at all levels of court in Aotearoa, from the Supreme Court through to the District Court and various tribunals. More information about our mahi can be found on our website:

Crown Law values diversity, inclusion, work-life balance, and flexibility, and we pride ourself on creating learning opportunities for our team to grow. We strive to put te Tiriti and te ao Māori at the heart of everything we do so having knowledge and understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori is recognised and valued within our organisation.

Mō te Tūranga | About the Role

Crown Law’s Treaty Issues Teams provide advice to the Crown, and represent it in courts and tribunals, in relation to contemporary and historical issues associated with te Tiriti o Waitangi | the Treaty of Waitangi, the Māori-Crown relationship, and related constitutional matters.

We are looking for an experienced legal professional to lead one of our two Treaty Issues Teams as Manager. The role of a Legal Team Manager is to:

  • Provide professional leadership to counsel—including allocation of work, coaching, mentoring, and performance management.
  • Lead the delivery of legal advice and representation to Ministers and government agencies, including by representing the Crown in litigation before courts and tribunals.
  • Work with colleagues in Crown Law and other agencies to identify and manage the Crown’s legal risk.
  • Contribute to organisational leadership, including the development and implementation of Crown Law’s strategic direction.

For more information on the role, please refer to the attached position description.

Mōu | About You

This is an exciting role for a senior public lawyer to work with the Deputy Solicitor-General, leaders and lawyers inside and outside Crown Law, counsel, and support staff to represent the Crown’s interests in the Māori–Crown and Treaty relationships. Ideally you would have:

  • A deep understanding of current and historical constitutional settings, including te Tiriti | the Treaty and its application to the Crown’s legal rights and obligations.
  • A commitment to supporting a strong and enduring Māori-Crown relationship.
  • A high level of cultural capability and knowledge of the application of te Tiriti | the Treaty and tikanga, as they apply to law.
  • Experience managing a busy legal team with competing priorities, and an interest in organisational leadership.
  • The ability to obtain and hold a practicing certificate in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Location: Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington

This role is Wellington based and located next to Wellington bus and train station.

Remuneration and Benefits

  • A starting salary range of between $195,538.00 and $224,373.00 with further room to progress. The appointing salary will be based on skills and experience.
  • 5 weeks annual leave plus 3 additional leave days (Crown Law days).
  • Opportunities for development and growth across Crown Law.

We also support flexible working arrangements to enable us to be at our best.  Please talk to us about how we can make this work for you.

We also have an opportunity as a Crown Counsel which may be of interest (this role closes noon 17 June 2024)

Tēnā tonoa mai | Apply Now

To apply please tell us what you would bring to this role and provide your curriculum vitae.

To be considered for a position at Crown Law you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand, and be required to complete a Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Check.

For a copy of the Job Description visit: 2023.12.15---PD---Team-Manager.pdf

To apply, please use the following link: Legal Team Manager, Treaty Issues, Crown Law

Applications Close: 5pm 23 June 2024