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Compliance Investigator

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Defence, corrections & security
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Job Description

  • Permanent full time opportunity
  • Based in Napier
  • Salary: $77,000 – $99,600 

What do we do?

As an Investigator with the Ministry for Primary Industries, you'll be at the forefront of safeguarding New Zealand's unique environment – we are responsible for criminal investigations in sectors relating to biosecurity, food safety, fisheries, forestry, and animal welfare. 

What do we need from you?

We are seeking an experienced Investigator to be based in our Napier office.

You will ensure MPI targets offending effectively - as you plan, lead and undertaking criminal investigations.  As an experienced professional you will be meticulous in all aspects of your investigation and file preparation.  You will be good at working in a team environment, as you'll be working together with other investigators to prepare and then present robust prosecution cases. 

A key skill for this role is the ability to communicate broadly – with everyone from high level stakeholders to external agencies to individuals who may not be very happy to speak with you.  You'll also have the ability to digest large amounts of information and pull out the relevant and most important elements to support the case you've built.  You should be inquisitive, intelligent, and able to interview individuals, collect evidence and deploy a range of modern investigative techniques.

Ideally you will have a criminal investigation experience or investigative training. You will be familiar with search and surveillance legislation, criminal procedure, evidence law, and criminal disclosure. In addition to your investigative experience, you will be familiar with managing risk, deadlines, sensitive issues and confidentiality in an enforcement setting. This is an operational role, requiring an ability to work outdoors in remote rural / coastal areas of NZ. 

Ready to apply?

A security clearance classification to the level of SECRET is required for this position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain this clearance so please visit for more information before applying.

In order to be considered for this role, you must either be a New Zealand resident or citizen and given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test.


Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks page.


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 


For further information please contact refer to the attached job description or email quoting the job title and job number.



Applications close:  21 July 2019


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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