Minerals Advisor

Date:  20 Nov 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

  • Play a key role in regulating New Zealand’s mineral sector and the responsible use of our natural resources for economic development
  • Be part of a team of highly skilled regulators and subject matter experts 
  • Permanent, full-time opportunity
  • Salary: $81,848- $101,911

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


We are seeking a Minerals Advisor to join our team of regulatory and subject matter experts.

The Minerals Team regulates the responsible development of the Crown’s Mineral Estate across a range of commodities, including gold, silver, coal, heavy mineral sands and aggregates.   The role includes active management of prospecting, exploration and mining permits during their lifecycle, and efficient assessment of permit applications each year in line with regulatory best practice.

An understanding of the New Zealand mineral sector and/or experience in a regulatory role, with exposure to regulatory compliance, is required.
The successful applicant will have effective business writing skills, good relationship management skills involving diverse stakeholders, and the ability to work flexibly and adapt to change quickly.  

The successful applicant will also want to consistently work to improve and enhance the way the team delivers our business.

We offer a supportive team culture, high quality and challenging work, and genuine opportunities for development.

We are open to flexible working arrangements for the right candidate, including being based outside of Wellington.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant technical discipline
  • Ability to think critically through ambiguous and conflicting requirements using reasoning and judgement  
  • Understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the role of the Crown in partnering with Māori 
  • Ability to integrate and balance statutory and specialist technical information and present them with simplicity and clarity 
  • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand

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 Lily Abraham at lily.abraham@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/13952 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Monday 4 December 2023