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Solicitor/Graduate Solicitor 2019/01

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Permanent/Full time*


Salary Range: $55,000 to $64,000


He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata

Promoting a confident and connected culture


Do you want to start your legal career promoting a confident and connected culture across New Zealand?

Are you interested in a fast-paced, diverse, and interesting work environment?


Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role

Our work in the Legal team is varied and exciting, and includes public and administrative law, corporate governance, contract and commercial law, policy and legislation, intellectual property, litigation, and Treaty of Waitangi related issues. As well as strong internal relationships, we work closely with Crown entities and other arts, culture, heritage and sports agencies.


Key responsibilities include:

  • legal opinions
  • drafting and reviewing contracts
  • applications to the Māori Land Court throughout New Zealand relating to newly found taonga tūturu
  • advice on the development of policy and legislation.


This position reports to the Chief Legal Advisor and is a member of our small and friendly Legal team in the Organisational Performance Group.


Kōrero mōu | About you

You may have up to two years experience or recently have recently graduated with a law degree.


You will have:

  • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • sound judgment and analytical skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • an interest in public law and the state sector
  • initiative and the ability to meet deadlines.


In exchange we offer exciting development opportunities, a vibrant and flexible work environment, and coaching from experienced professionals to kick-start your legal career.


Ko wai mātou | About us

Manatū Taonga is a relatively small ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and a big heart. With around 135 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name.


Our work is diverse – we support many of New Zealand's art, media, heritage and sports organisations; we also advise government on cultural matters and provide historical and heritage resources for everyone to access. We work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa.


The Ministry for Culture & Heritage:

  • Has a leadership role across the cultural sector. We work with our funded agencies and partners to help shape national conversation about New Zealand's culture and heritage.
  • Is a Treaty partner. We work in partnership with Māori and are guided by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Is a public sector agency. We work to deliver nationally significant programmes that speak to the heart of our national identity.


Me pēhea te tono | How to apply

A position description for this role is attached.  For enquiries about this position please Ella Hall, Executive Assistant, Organisational Performance Group, Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage, at


To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and complete the application form by clicking Apply Now.


Applications close 5pm on Sunday 27 January 2019


*Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly

Manatū Taonga embraces flexible working. We're open minded about how you can be your best both inside and outside work so please tell us what working arrangements suit you.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.


If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand in order to work for Manatū Taonga. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.

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