Vacancy advert

Vacancy: Principal Advisor - Land

We are on the lookout for an experienced Principal Advisor - Land Kaitohutohu - Kōkiri to join our operations team.

About the role 

  • It's an exciting opportunity for an experienced land advisor
  • A key role within our small, friendly team
  • A chance to improve public access to the outdoors for future generations
  • Full time Wellington CBD based role
  • The Commission’s office lease arrangements require staff to be COVID-19 doubled vaccinated.

The key objective of this role is to oversee and manage provision of technical advice and information relating to land status and public access. The successful applicant will provide expert land advice to our team and our regional field advisors based throughout New Zealand, and to external stakeholders.  

The role contributes to the development and on-going improvement of the public access guidance for New Zealand. This includes identifying opportunities to improve the development and use of the Commission’s GIS based mapping system, which identifies areas of public access nationally.  

The work is varied and includes working with central, regional, and local government, landholders, tangata whenua, recreation and trail groups. 

The Principal Advisor (Land) has one direct report - Land Advisor (Operations), who is based in Napier.  

We are looking for someone who has

  • experience with and a strong understanding of the New Zealand land transfer system, the New Zealand cadastre and Landonline
  • skills in land status analysis and interpretation
  • experience and a strong understanding of land law and related issues
  • a minimum of 3–5 years experience in operational policy development, advice and implementation.
  • a strong understanding of GIS based technology 
  • an understanding of and preferably experience with mana whenua based projects and how the principle of mana whenua applies to different situations
  • an understanding of te Tiriti, Māori rights; interests and perspectives, racial equity, New Zealand colonial history, and te ao Māori
  • the ability to demonstrate some level of te Reo Māori proficiency and/ or a pathway toward Te Ao Māori excellence. 
  • an understanding and experience with Māori relationship management and the knowledge of how these are built appropriately and effectively for all
  • the ability to analyse projects and problems and think creatively to develop solutions  
  • excellent relationship management skills
  • strong communications skills (written and verbal)
  • negotiation skills and experience with understanding of dispute resolution and mediation services
  • a relevant degree or tertiary level qualification and at least 5 years experience in a land or property management role

What we can offer you 

The role provides plenty of variety within a supportive and collaborative work environment.  Benefits of working with us include the opportunity to travel, personal development opportunities and flexible working arrangements.  

Please apply by emailing your cover letter and CV to   

Applications close 5pm, 4 February 2022.