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Principal Historian

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Principal Historian, Waitangi Tribunals, Wellington


  • Lead the implementation of innovative ways of working and new capabilities in report writing
  • Demonstrate excellent communication, writing, and stakeholder management skills
  • Have a thorough knowledge of Treaty principles and Waitangi Tribunal jurisprudence

The Waitangi Tribunal inquires into claims submitted by Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975.  The Waitangi Tribunal Unit provides support services to the Tribunal, including report writing assistance. We are looking for a Principal Historian who will provide senior leadership to the report writing team at a time when the Tribunal's work programme is changing.   The Principal Historian is a key role within the unit, working closely with the report writing manager, the chief historian, senior historians, and other technical leaders across the unit. The role includes advising staff and Tribunal panels on report writing, analysis, and findings; undertaking QA reviews; assisting the Tribunal with high priority and urgent writing tasks; and planning, coordinating and supervising report writing projects across a number of inquiries. Strong candidates will have extensive experience in developing staff capability; in planning and coordinating projects; leading the development and implementation of quality assurance frameworks; and senior level writing and excellent relationship management skills.

Candidates should hold a post-graduate qualification in an area such as history, Māori studies, economics, geography, social science, law, environmental studies, or public policy. You will understand, and be committed to the work of the Waitangi Tribunal, including having knowledge of te reo, tikanga and mātauranga Māori.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Sonya Wynne,

Salary range $88,065-$119,147

To apply, complete the application form, attaching your CV and cover letter, and a writing sample of no more than 20 pages of your own work that demonstrates your writing and analysis skills. Applications close on Monday 25 June 2018.


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