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Legal Officer

Te Papa
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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FINAL_PD_Legal_Officer_Jul19.pdf (PDF, 157KB)
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Te Papa is looking for a Legal Officer to join our truly iconic New Zealand institution. Te Papa's mission is to understand the past, enrich the present, and meet the challenges of the future. Te Papa is more than just the national museum that houses New Zealand's treasures. It is a meeting place, a place for lifelong learning, and a place that inspires a sense of wonder and connection.

The Legal Officer will report directly to the Director Strategy & Performance and provide legal support and advice to Te Papa's managers and oversee the delivery of legal services by external providers. This will involve identifying legal issues, potential liabilities and possible courses of action largely as it relates to deals, contracts and commercial law.

The Legal Officer would be expected to have a deep understanding of how a Crown Entity operates, including knowledge of the Crown Entities Act, the State Sector Act, the Official Information Act, the Privacy Act and Health & Safety within a government organisation. 

We are seeking a candidate with:

  • A law degree and a New Zealand Practising Certificate
  • 5+ years of experience in contract and commercial law
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships
  • The ability to think laterally and develop sound innovative and practical solutions

All applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand and the ability to maintain that.


Applications close 22 July 2019.

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