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Legal Counsel (Part time or Full time)

Job ID: 161195
Department: Corporate
Location: Tauranga/Whakatane/Rotorua
Posted: May 8, 2024


Thriving together - mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata.

Our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.

This is a unique opportunity for a motivated and experienced Legal Counsel to join the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Legal and Commercial Team. 

This is a senior role with organisation-wide responsibilities and a mandate for assisting capability and understanding of legal issues across the Council.

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga | About the role

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s complex operating frameworks provide the scope for using your specialist skills and developing new ones across a wide range of legal work.  In this role you will be exposed to a range of areas of law and stakeholders relating to Regional Council’s various functions with a particular focus on commercial and corporate matters. 

Reporting to the Legal & Commercial Manager, you will provide high quality in-house legal services and ensure that external legal services received by Council are managed effectively.  You will be part of a team with a range of experience, including specialist resource management, commercial, and local government lawyers.

Ō pūmanawa | Your skills and experience


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree or higher;
  • Admission as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand; and
  • A current practicing certificate.


  • 8+ years post qualification experience, including corporate and commercial expertise;
  • Experience with local government and / or the public sector would be advantageous;
  • Excellent technical skills, drafting and negotiation experience; and
  • Experience and interest in privacy and / or information technology is desirable. 

Ko wai mātou | Who we are

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is responsible for land, air and water as well as public transport and economic development. A major focus of our work involves looking after the environment. We manage the effects of people’s use of freshwater, land, air and coastal water.  However, we also share a broader responsibility, with others, for the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community.

Who you are is important to us. We welcome diversity as an opportunity to grow our teams and are keen to support people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, and disabilities/ abilities. We want the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to be a place where you can bring your whole self to work. 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a reputation for being one of the country’s most progressive regional councils.  People like working for us because we offer the following:

  • Flexible working arrangements and a full or part time position
  • Excellent wellbeing initiatives (such as employer paid insurance).
  • Challenge and job satisfaction.
  • A supportive, collaborative, and fun work environment.

 The position can be located in Regional Council’s Tauranga, Whakatāne or Rotorua offices depending on the successful candidate.

The recruitment salary range for this position will be approximately $129,000 to $152,000 and will be determined depending on the skills and experience of the successful applicant.        

Me pēhea te tuku tono  | How to Apply

Click APPLY NOW or contact Monique Brooks, Legal & Commercial Manager on 027 555 6780 for a confidential discussion.

To access a copy of Te Tūranga Mahi (Job Description) please click on the following link or copy and paste it into your web browser:

NB: To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand and also a current, valid driver's licence. 

Applications close 10pm 3 June 2024 and will only be accepted online.