Determinations Specialist

Date:  19 May 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011 Christchurch, NZ, 8013

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Bring your experience in, and passion for the building system to this challenging operational role
  • Make a positive impact on how the building system operates in this exciting team
  • Start solving some of the more complex issues within the building sector
  • Wellington or Christchurch based
  • Salary range: $81,942-$97,832

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


Play your part in shaping one of New Zealand's leading sectors that employs 250,000 workers and is set to contribute more than $41 billion to New Zealand's economy in 2023.

The Determinations team are looking to source the right candidate to help them contribute to MBIE's stewardship/kaitiakitanga of NZ's building system.  We do this by developing determinations on matters of doubt or dispute about the application of building legislation.

This is your opportunity to utilise your building knowledge to solve some complex issues and support compliance with building regulation. You'll be dealing with stakeholders who care deeply about New Zealand's building industry to help them better understand the building code.    

The primary focus of the Determinations team is to support the chief executive to exercise their powers to make determinations under the Building Act.  Determinations are important aspects of the Building Act as they provide clarity of the operation of our performance based regulatory regime as well as providing a mechanism for participants in the sector to resolve disputes.

As part of the Determinations team you will provide customers with binding decisions, guidance and clarity about the application of building legislation.  Our customers include building owners, building consent authorities (e.g. local councils), agents for building owners (e.g. lawyers and consultants) and industry professionals (e.g. engineers). 

Determinations specialists play a supporting role in reviewing applications, deciding what further information or clarification is required, identifying and supporting the appointment of technical experts where required, considering applications and evidence and drafting determinations decisions.

Our determinations specialists work closely with a team of case–coordinators, technical writers, senior determinations specialists and principal advisors.  Our team works collaboratively, assessing applications, discussing matters to be determined and testing ideas.  

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

  • A building or legal related tertiary qualification, or experience assessing and working with building consents.
  • Ability to demonstrate significant experience using critical analysis to consider matters under the building code and the Building Act 2004
  • A strong desire to resolve disputes and help those in the building industry to apply the code.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to communicate complex information through written documents
  • Ability to work in a demanding and complex environment with statutory timeframes
  • Ability to quickly assimilate new information or areas of work

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE:


MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to Apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 


Email Sarah Hutcheson at quoting ref MBIE/11604 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Tuesday 6 June 2023