Chief Legal Counsel

Permanent or Secondment, Part time

Opportunity offering variety – Wellington location

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples is the Crown’s principal advisor on policies and interventions that impact on better outcomes for Pacific Peoples in New Zealand.

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for you to join this supportive small team. If you are results driven and have a passion for enabling better outcomes for Pacific Communities in New Zealand, then we want to hear from you.

The Chief Legal Counsel role will be accountable to the Ministry’s Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) and is responsible for providing high quality, timely legal advice as well as the provision of day-to-day legal advisory services.

As an integral member of our dedicated team, you will need to be self-managing, someone who is able to take ownership over legal related matters and confident delivering sound legal advice to the DCE’s Office.

The position will be part time and likely to be approximately 30 hours per week; although the days / hours will be discussed at interview stage. Secondments from other agencies are also welcomed.


To be successful in this position you will have:


• Sound knowledge of the NZ legislative system
• Degree qualified in Law (LLB) and holding a current practising certificate
• An understanding of government law administration and legal experience
• Culturally sensitive and can constructively engage in a diverse ethnic environment.


Being a part of our team means having a real opportunity to make a difference to the lives of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand. You will work with other committed and innovative people in a collaborative, culturally diverse and agile environment.

To apply for this position, please submit your written application (including CV and covering letter) and completed application form to

Click here to view the full role description.

For further information about the position, please contact Damien Werahiko, Human Resources Advisor:

Applications close Sunday 18th June 2017.