Current Vacancies

Do you want to work in a busy but flexible environment? Do you have a strong sense of justice, and a core set of people-focused values? We are recruiting for:

  • a community lawyer

  • & a kaitiaki for our Lower Hutt office!

Rōia Hapori – Community Lawyer (Prison Service)

We are also looking for a Rōia Hapori – Community Lawyer (Prison Service) to join our small prison service team. The key responsibilities are to respond to legal enquiries received from prisoners via mail and on our toll-free phone line, and run regular in-person legal advice sessions at Rēmutaka prison. While most of our clients at the prison are male, this work also includes provision of legal services to the Arohata women’s unit based on the same premises. The Rōia Hapori (Prison Service) will also provide ongoing legal casework and legal information where necessary.

Ideally the successful applicant will do at least 15 hours, however the exact hours and length of the fixed-term are both negotiable within the confines of our funding.

We are interested in applications from any lawyers who share our ethos – especially the importance of prisoners’ rights – however the successful applicant is likely to have some of the following desirable attributes:

  • Working knowledge of the criminal justice system, and corrections in particular;
  • An understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi;
  • Comfort in tikanga Māori environments and the ability to work in a bicultural context;
  • Experience in community work or community organisations;
  • The ability to convey complex information in plain language
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and organisational skills
  • Collaborative decision-making skills.

A full job description can be found here.

To qualify for this role you must be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and be eligible for (or hold) a current Practising Certificate. If this sounds like you please send a CV and covering letter to Ella Cartwright at by midnight on Sunday, September 27th – we’d love to hear from you!


Office Kaitiaki TAK / Legal Rights Education Coordinator

We are looking for a driven person with a strong sense of manaakitanga to take responsibility for our Te Awa Kairangi (TAK) office while our current staff member is seconded internally into another role. The job is a full-time role at 37.5 hours, and fixed-term until the end of June 2021

The Kaitiaki o te Whare Mahi o Te Awa Kairangi (Kaitiaki TAK) has primary responsibility for the office management of the TAK office. This includes general upkeep of the facilities, keeping an eye on staff numbers, and looking out for the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and clients.

They also hold the position of Legal Rights Education Coordinator, and have responsibility for coordinating the provision of legal rights education in the community, under our contract with the Ministry of Justice. This encompasses education in a range of contexts, such as to rangatahi in schools, and to staff at other community groups.

We are primarily interested in someone with raw skills and character to do the job, as well as a commitment to our kaupapa. However, work skills in any of the following areas will be helpful to applicants:

  • Strong administration skills and experience
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills
  • Experience in community organisations or community work
  • Knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Experience in contract management or project coordination.

Click here for a full job description. We would love to hear from anyone with a ngākau aroha for justice who thinks they could do this role.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to by midnight Sunday, September 27 – however, please note: if we find a suitable applicant before the 27th of September, this role might close early, so we do encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience! We look forward to hearing from you! Karawhiua – give it heaps!