Senior Investigator

Date:  24-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 5022

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Investigate high level and general based Immigration offending and non-compliance
  • Ability to be proactive and make a real difference
  • Permanent full-time opportunity | Porirua based
  • Salary range - $95,103 to $115,585

Tēnei tūranga - About the role


We have a number of permanent full-time opportunities to join the Immigration Investigation team. We are looking for a self-motivated and passionate investigator who is eager to take the next step in their career and be part of a dynamic, hardworking team in a fast-paced environment based in our Porirua branch. 

Investigations sit within the Verification and Compliance branch of Immigration NZ. We are tasked with undertaking investigations in relation to immigration-based offending. We are part of a wider group of regulators including Compliance and Risk and Verification Officers who are all working to prevent immigration related offending and maintain the integrity of the immigration system.

In return we offer:


  • Bring your investigation skills, knowledge and experience to an immigration setting
  • Be part of a supportive and welcoming team member working in a modern and comfortable environment
  • You will be exposed to a variety of immigration related investigations
  • You will be part of a cohesive and collaborative team making a positive difference to Immigration NZ
  • You will be given full training and will become a warranted Immigration/Investigation Officer
  • We offer the ability to grow your career in a supportive environment
  • MBIE supports a range of flexible working arrangements

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required


  • An analytical thinker with experience in leading, planning and / or undertaking complex criminal investigations and prosecutions, including fraud, in a team environment
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to manage risk and maintain confidentiality with sensitive issues
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, coach and supervise
  • Sound understanding and application of NZ legislation in investigation and prosecution processes e.g. Criminal Procedures Act, Rules of Evidence, Bill of Rights, Official Information & Privacy Acts etc.
  • Demonstrated planning and organising skills including the ability to maintain a high level of performance when under pressure
  • A demonstrated knowledge and application of modern investigation techniques including the use of IT software e.g. computer forensics
  • Proven ability to develop trust and credibility with managers and staff
  • Relevant experience in investigation and prosecutions related work and / or tertiary qualification, preferably in law enforcement
  • The ability to gain and maintain a national security clearance as required

For your application to be considered, you must be either a New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand permanent residency class visa.


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. Email Andrew Louis at quoting ref MBIE/9989 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 08 February 2023.