Senior Solicitors

Rōia Matua | Senior Solicitors

  • 2x Permanent Full Time or Part Time (min 4 days)
  • 1x Fixed Term or Secondment until 31 July 2023
  • Interesting and varied legislative reform and design work
  • Collaborative and supportive team culture, inclusive and flexible working
  • Wellington based preferred, flexible location considered

Join our highly skilled and close-knit team that impacts the everyday lives of New Zealanders. We are open to full time or part time hours (min 4 days) and hybrid working.


He kupu mō mātou Te Manatū Waka | About Ministry of Transport

Te Manatū Waka | Ministry of Transport is taking on a new direction – it’s not just about roads and rail. Transport affects every area of our society, and we need to think in broad terms. We pride ourselves on being a small, agile, and friendly Ministry, which maintains a work culture that is collaborative, bold, and invested. Our central waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment.

As the principal transport adviser to the government, Te Manatū Waka provides policy advice and support to Ministers to improve the performance of New Zealand’s transport system and related Crown entities such as the Civil Aviation Authority, Maritime New Zealand, and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Te Manatū Waka also manages the government’s investment into transport, develops legislation and represents New Zealand’s international interest in maritime and aviation affairs.


Ngā whakamārama mō te tūnga | About the opportunity

The Legal Team provides strategic, high quality, and well-designed advice to Te Manatū Waka and Ministers.

Due to internal promotions and a secondment, we are looking for multiple Senior Solicitors. Not only be part of a team creating forward-thinking legislative reform at a system level, you’ll also work across the Ministry to support the Ministry on ensuring good practice in relation to matters such as privacy and statutory decision-making.

The Ministry’s reform programme is bold and challenging. It includes varied and interesting stewardship reforms such as replacing the Civil Aviation Act 1990, inventive approaches to tricky policy issues such as the Clean Vehicle reforms, and complex system focused change through regular Regulatory System Bills.

This role offers a significant opportunity to grow and progress your career, alongside working on high profile and challenging issues across the transport system.

The salary range is $100,976 - $125,000 per annum. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.


Te wāhi ki a koe | What you’ll bring

  • Along with your tertiary qualification in law, you will be an experienced solicitor with ability to hold a practising certificate
  • Demonstrated experience in developing legislation
  • Strong legal instincts as well as great initiative along with strong knowledge and understanding of public law and different legislative frameworks
  • Excellent attention to detail, influencing abilities as well as strong analytical and communication skills that allows you to know what partnership really means and strive to be part of the bigger picture
  • Be committed to developing your cultural capability and capacity to support Hei Arataki, the Ministry’s te ao Māori strategy and to support the Ministry as an effective Treaty partner.

Whilst not essential, it would be great if you have some government experience, but if not, you’ll be a person who easily picks things up along the way.


Te wāhi ki a mātou | What we offer

It’s an exciting time to join Te Manatū Waka and the variety of interesting issues we lead, shape, and influence may surprise you. As a small, flexible, and responsive organisation, we deliver great results by working collaboratively across the sector.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds, orientations and identities. We aim to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported.

In addition, we equip our people with individual development plans, Ministry leave days, wellbeing days, an annual Wellness payment and a welcoming employee network. Some of the groups the Ministry supports include the Māori and Pasifika, Wāhine, and Rainbow networks as well as the PSA and Eco Groups. Our office is located in the heart of the Wellington waterfront, and include collaborative working spaces, showers, storage for bicycles/scooters and personal lockers.


Me pēhea te tono mai | How to apply

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV.

You will find a copy of the Job Description attached or online at

For further information or to speak confidentially, please contact Dawn Kerrison, Deputy Chief Legal Adviser on or 022 014 1953.

We will be screening and interviewing applicants as they are received and may close advertising at any time. 

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this role.

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Permanent – Full time

Job no: KYAP20948

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Friday, 24 February 2023