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Solicitor/Senior Solicitor Litigation - Nelson

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
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Community Services
Nelson - Marlborough - Nelson
Nelson - Marlborough
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Litigation Solicitor (Senior or Intermediate)



  • Permanent, full-time opportunity in sunny Nelson
  • Join our Ministry and influence change for all New Zealanders
  • Improve outcomes for children


About us:


Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, is the Ministry that supports children and young people in New Zealand.  Oranga Tamariki works to advance the wellbeing and positive long-term outcomes of children and young people.   In everything we do, the wellbeing and best-interests of children are paramount.  The voices of children and young people underpin the design and operation of our services.


About the role:


A new legal team has been formed to support Oranga Tamariki to achieve the goal of all tamariki being in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised.  The team is a central part of the business providing strategic advice across all work areas.   We are seeking an experienced Solicitor (senior or intermediate level) to join our Legal Services team in Nelson. You will be involved in providing high quality solution focused legal advice and advocacy services on the range of operational issues facing Oranga Tamariki. 


The Litigation Solicitor will be responsible for the provision of legal advice and assistance to Oranga Tamariki staff in the Upper South area (Nelson, Blenheim and the West Coast), and will be accountable for the conduct of litigation in the Family Court, and at times in the Youth Court or other Tribunals.  Along with this you will also provide support in the management of legal issues and risk.


Skills and experience:


To be successful you will have:


  • Been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand and have, or be eligible for, a practicing certificate.
  • Practical experience of at least three years providing advice to clients and conducting litigation before Courts and Tribunals.
  • A good knowledge of family law, ideally in the care or protection area.
  • Outstanding relationship management skills with the ability to promote the legal services team.
  • A full driver licence as travel may be required as part of this role.



What we offer:


We offer a dedicated and supportive team, flexible work options and the opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of tamariki.


How to apply: 


Internal Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


All other candidates - Please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note all applications must be made online.


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Philip Royal at


Applications close:   Sunday 30 September, 2018  #LI-ORG





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