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Kāhui Legal is looking for Summer Clerks to work at the forefront of Māori development alongside our Kāhui whānau.  You will gain experience across a wide range of legal issues impacting Māori. The role is temporary full-time from Monday 13 November 2023 to Friday 16 February 2024.

About us

KĀHUI LEGAL is a specialist law firm working at the forefront of Māori development with unparalleled experience and expertise in legal issues that affect Māori and the interface between iwi and Māori organisations and the Crown, local government and other entities. We specialise in providing legal services in areas including Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlement negotiations, governance, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, public law, resource management, criminal law, Māori land law, regulatory compliance, indigenous intellectual property rights, mātauranga Māori protection and recognition, Māori intellectual property and trademark strategy and protection.

KĀHUI LEGAL was established as a legal partnership in 2003. Our experts come from a range of legal backgrounds, including from the senior ranks of large corporate law firms. Our senior lawyers are recognised experts in their fields and are supported by a team of specialist solicitors.

We are located at Diabetes New Zealand House, Level 11, 15 Murphy Street, Wellington.

About the role

This internship opportunity is to provide development opportunities and work experience for tauira Māori, at Kāhui Legal. The intern can expect to develop their office clerk, administration, research skills, and analysis writing skills.

The successful candidate for this internship can expect to:

  • build capability to meaningfully engage with whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori in general
  • enhance and/or expand knowledge of accessing research data and collating information.
  • develop research skills in archival retrieval of historical significance to Kahui legal cases
  • develop a solid work ethic and professional demeanour, as well as a commitment to ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • develop employer-valued skills such as teamwork, communications and attention to detail.

The successful intern will work in the following areas:

  • resource management
  • historical research
  • policy writing
  • contracts
  • intellectual property
  • collating case information


  • Applicants must be of Māori descent and must be enrolled at Te Herenga Waka in an undergraduate (4th/5th year), Honours, or first year of a Masters degree, must be Returning.
  • It is preferred that applicants have completed up to four years of their undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants will be selected based upon academic merit, expertise in relevant study areas, and recommendations by personnel hosting the internship.
  • Students enrolled in Doctoral or Masters by Thesis programs are not eligible.

To apply for this internship, all documentation must be emailed to Lynell Tuffery Huria, Tumu Whakahaere at lynell@kahuilegal.co.nz by 22 October 2023, at close of day 5.00pm (NZT).

When making application via email, in the Subject line, please type the host provider’s name – then your first name and surname. We will require a copy of your CV, a personal statement/cover letter and supporting documentation (i.e., up to 3 references, with referee email and current contact numbers). All attachments MUST be attached in ‘pdf’ format using the filename convention of “firstname_surname_CV.pdf’. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Click here to access the Advertisement and Job Description Kahui Legal_Taihonoa Summer Internship advert Oct23


Level 11, Diabetes New Zealand House
15 Murphy Street

PO Box 1654
Wellington 6140

T: +64 4 495 9999
E: info@kahuilegal.co.nz


Level 1, GHA Centre
1108 Fenton Street

PO Box 1177
Rotorua 3040

T: +64 7 460 1360
E: info@kahuilegal.co.nz


Level 4, The Atrium
23 Maunganui Road
Mount Maunganui
(By appointment only)

T: +64 7 460 1360
E: info@kahuilegal.co.nz