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Land Advisor – 2 year fixed-term

  • An exciting opportunity for an experienced land advisor
  • Key role within our small, friendly team
  • A chance to improve public access to the outdoors for future generations

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is a small Crown entity that protects and improves public access to the outdoors for walkers, mountain bikers, anglers, and many other outdoor recreationists. 

We want an experienced land advisor to join our operations team. 

The successful applicant will provide expert land advice to our team and our regional field advisors based throughout New Zealand, and to external stakeholders. The land advisor will identify public access throughout New Zealand and opportunities to enhance and secure additional public access. 

The work is varied and includes working with central, regional, and local government, landholders, tangata whenua, recreation and trail groups.

We are looking for someone who has the following attributes: 

  • Proven experience with, and a strong understanding of land titles and cadastral survey systems including LINZ landonline;
  • Understanding of the Land Transfer Act and other relevant legislation relating to the land titles, registration system and conveyancing processes is beneficial;
  • Able to analyse land information and provide advice based on findings;
  • Experience in, and a basic understanding of Crown land;
  • Understanding, familiarity, or interest in GIS-based technology systems; and
  • Is a clear thinker, writer, and communicator.

We are looking for someone who has the following qualifications:

  • A relevant tertiary level qualification (preferably land information-based) desirable;
  • Qualifications and/or experience in a land advisory role; and
  • Skilled in land status analysis and interpretation

What we can offer you:

This is a 2-year fixed-term full-time position based in our central city office. The role provides plenty of variety, with interesting and challenging opportunities within a small, positive work environment.  Benefits of working with us include the opportunity to travel, personal development opportunities and flexible working arrangements. 

Information regarding the work of the Commission

Please apply by emailing your application including a cover letter and CV to lynda.edwardson@walkingaccess.govt.nz  

Applications close at 5pm on 8 July 2020.

For more information contact: Lynda Edwardson, Principal Advisor lynda.edwardson@walkingaccess.govt.nz   

P: (04) 815 8502 | M: 027 815 8528

Position Description


Position: Land Advisor - Operations

Location:  Wellington   

Reporting to:  Principal Advisor - Operations

Date:  June 2020

Type: 2 Year fixed-term 


Our vision: Journeys across the land and to our special places | Te mauri o te hīkoi

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission (the ‘Commission’) Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa provides leadership on outdoor access issues and administers a national strategy on outdoor access, including tracks and trails. It maps outdoor access, provides information to the public, oversees a code of responsible conduct, helps to resolve disputes and negotiates new access.

The Commission has a small team in Wellington and a network of regional field advisors. It is governed by an independent board.

Your purpose at NZWAC

The land advisor supports and positively influences the Commission’s work relating to identifying, enhancing and extending public access throughout New Zealand. 

The Operations team role supports the Principal Advisor and provides survey and title advice on a variety of public accessible land, and information relating to enhancing and extending formalised public access to the outdoors.

The primary role is to provide land and survey advice to the Commission’s 12 part-time contracted Regional Field Advisors (RFAs) in their day-to-day case management.

The land advisor assists with the development and management of Overseas Investment Office (OIO) and Walkway cases. 

The land advisor may also assist with the improvement and development of the GIS based mapping system.

Main Tasks

  • Provide and interpret survey and title information for Regional Field Advisors’ (RFA), staff and public enquirers as required.
  • Provide support and land advice to the Commission’s (RFA) network.
  • Support the Principal Advisor - Operations by providing advice on public access
  • Maintenance of the Commission’s Walkway register
  • Initiate OIO case investigations, provide access advice to the OIO, RFA’s, stakeholders and review recommendation reports.
  • Liaise with the GIS team and make recommendations on missing public access to enhance the development of the Commission’s Mapping system.
  • Develop and provide operational policy advice and information on access matters for staff, RFAs, enquirers and local and central government agencies.
  • Support the Operations team as required.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with LINZ, DOC and relevant stakeholders.

Individual Accountabilities

  • Participate and contribute through transformation by thinking, acting and advocating change

Health and Safety

  • Ensures own actions keep self and others safe in whatever capacity they work for or engage with NZWAC
  • Takes responsibility for own health and safety


  • Takes responsibility for personal development and continually develops own professional expertise

Key Relationships/Contacts


  • Operations                                                                  
  • Regional Field Advisors                                             
  • GIS team                                                                    
  • Executive Director – Te Araroa Trail                         
  • All other Commission business Groups                    
  • Walking and cycling advocacy Groups
  • Trail Building Community Groups
  • NZTA


  • LINZ
  • DOC
  • Local Government
  • Fish & Game NZ
  • QEII National Trust




Land Information

  • Analyse land information and interests and determine whether public access exists;
  • Provide survey and title information via landonline  and advise RFAs and staff as required; and
  • Advise LINZ of spatial data issues and log via landonline accordingly.

Support the Regional Field Advisor (RFA) network


  • Support day-to-day work of the RFA network and respond to queries and issues; and
  • Provide advice to RFA network in accordance with approved strategic and business plan.


  • Provide general technical and legal walkway easements advice to RFAs and stakeholders;
  • Maintain and update the Commission’s Walkways register and database;
  • Identify completeness of Walkways database;
  • Provide advice on implementation process for walkways in accordance with the Act; and
  • Assist with the development of walkway guidelines and procedures.

Overseas Investment Office (OIO) - LINZ

  • Initiate OIO Case investigations and review completed access recommendation reports;
  • Provide technical and land advice to RFAs to develop access recommendation reports;
  • Where appropriate, carry out field inspections and complete access recommendation reports for Principal Advisor’s review;
  • Provide the OIO with high-level indication of likely public access interest regarding pre-consented land;
  • Liaise with the OIO and build relationships with key advisors; and
  • Maintain a register of, and report quarterly on, OIO and OIO implementation cases.

Facilitation and negotiation of access opportunities



  • Work with and provide advice to the Commission’s field staff to resolve access disputes through mediation or referral to an appropriate authority.

Walking access mapping system – Our Maps



  • Monitor and advise on the effectiveness of the information layers within the mapping system.
  • Provide advice to the GIS team on information layers to improve the effectiveness of Public and Private mapping system
  • Assist in regular reviews of the system’s effectiveness and efficiency and raise recommended improvements and risks with the Principal Advisor.
  • Analyse data issues and address with LINZ where necessary.
  •  Provide advice and assistance to users.

Effective stakeholder relationship management

  • Maintain relationships with:
  • Key central government agencies (e.g. LINZ and DOC)
  • Local government
  • Walking and cycling advocacy Groups
  • Trail Building Community Groups

Maintenance of access  opportunities



  • Liaise and negotiate with central & local government agencies on the conditions of use of public land.
  • Liaise, with a view to seeking resolution, with DOC and other agencies on common access issues.
  • Provide input into tenure reviews and similar processes.

Relationship Management/

Representation of the Commission

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain strong and effective working relationships with colleagues within the organisation.
  • Represent the Commission at presentations and meetings of agencies, local government bodies, stakeholders and communities as appropriate and necessary.


  • Develop and prepare reports for the management team, Chief Executive and Board, as required.
  • Provide input into Official Information Act 1982 enquiries, as required.
  • Know and comply with OSH policies and procedures.
  • Implement and adhere to policy and practices in accordance with Commission requirements and legal obligations.


Person Specification

Knowledge and experience:

  • Proven experience with, and a strong understanding of, the NZ land transfer system, the NZ cadastre and LINZ landonline
  • An ability to source and manage key information and produce meaningful information
  • Understanding of Land Transfer Act and other relevant legislation relating to the land titles, registration system and conveyancing processes
  • Experience in, and a basic understanding of, Crown land is desirable
  • Understanding, familiarity, or interest in GIS based technology systems
  • Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and principles is desirable
  • Experience working in the state sector or local government
  • Exceptional written and oral presentation, communication, and advocacy skills
  • Excellent relationship management skills


  • A relevant tertiary level qualification (preferably Land information based) desirable
  • Qualifications and/or experience in a land advisory role
  • Skilled in land status analysis and interpretation

Competencies Required

Comfort around higher management: Can deal comfortably with more senior managers

Stakeholder focus: Focuses attention on understanding and meeting the needs of stakeholders; makes every effort to ensure that stakeholders are listened to by self and others; ensures stakeholders understand the rationale for solutions proposed

Functional /technical skills:  Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Knowledge Transfer: Facilitates the improved performance of others by giving advice and guidance.

Building Relationships: Relates well to all kinds of people from all cultures, inside and outside the organisation.  Builds constructive and effective relationships, is respectful of differences.

Learning on the fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems.  Analyses both successes and failures for clues to improvement.

Planning: Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects. Sets objectives and goals.

Process Management: Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done. Understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow. Can simplify complex processes.

Time management: Uses his/her time effectively and efficiently.  Can attend to a broad range of activities.

Communications: Expresses and conveys information effectively to other people. This includes speaking, writing, presentations and listening. This covers formal and informal situations.

Team/unit contribution: Usually helpful to the rest of the team or other units in getting work done.

Alignment and compliance: Walking the talk:  Reasonable alignment with culture, values and mission.  Generally, behaves in line with common organisational practices.

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