Working Environment

Te Tari Ture o te Karauna - Crown Law plays an important role in increasing public trust and confidence that decisions made by government are allowed by law. As an organisation, we strive to be collaborative and supportive, fostering an inclusive workplace environment. What we do is important but so is how we do it.

How we work

Our ways of working guide how we work together to make a difference for New Zealanders. We take pride in all we do, we value our differences, we look after the mana of other people, we recognise our impact on others and we care about each other. Working in these ways promotes a culture that enhances engagement and contributes to a positive environment for everyone.

Creating an inclusive and diverse workplace

 For us valuing our differences, means we

  • recognise a variety of disciplines and professions and that all roles are different, with no one role more valuable than any other in delivering the Office’s work.

  • embrace each other’s differences and respect different approaches and ideas.

  • recognise that diversity drives enhanced performance – diversity of identity, of experience, of background, of profession, of thought.

We’re committed to supporting a truly inclusive environment where all staff can participate and have their contributions heard and positive impacts recognised.

We support inclusion and diversity by celebrating the different cultures in our workplace, encouraging people to participate in the range of events that are organised to bring staff together.

We have a range of People Networks supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment, including:

  • LGBTea and Coffee Group

  • Te Rōpu Māori network for tangata whenua kaimahi

  • Pasifika Network

  • Asian Collective

  • Parents and Whanau Group

  • Menopause Support Group

  • The Assistant Crown Counsel Cohort

We also have an active Social Committee, and run classes and activities to support building capability in Te Reo Māori.

Our staff endeavour to address others with their pronoun (for example she, he or they) as we show manaakitanga and respect for each other. We insert our pronouns in our email signatures to let others know what pronoun to use, which reduces confusion for everyone and supports transgender and gender diverse colleagues by ensuring they are gendered correctly. Find out more. 

Our 23/24 Action Plan aligns to the goals set out in Kia Toipoto 2021-2024 Public Service Action Plan which are to:

  • Make substantial progress toward closing gender, Māori, Pacific, and ethnic pay gaps.

  • Accelerate progress for wāhine Māori, Pacific women, and women from ethnic communities.

  • Create fairer workplaces for all, including disabled people and members of rainbow communities.

The 23/24 Action Plan was developed in partnership with employees from across Crown Law, the PSA and with our people networks.

Read more in our Kia Toipoto action plan (download PDF 461kb)

Flexible by default

We are a flexible by default organisation, providing a range of flexible working arrangements including part-time hours, flexible schedules and working from home. In agreeing flexible working, we consider the needs of the individual, the impact on team members and on the organisation’s ability to meet its goals. This enables us to support work/life balance while recognising our impact on others.

Opportunities to develop

Crown Law offers a range of genuinely interesting and varied work, with lots of opportunities to develop through ‘on the job’ experiences.  This is supplemented with in-house seminars and training, and working alongside subject matter experts within the office (with opportunities for external mentorships where that’s not possible). Participation and attendance at external seminars and conferences is also actively encouraged where it supports someone’s development.

Want to join us?

At Crown Law we work as a team. We use what we know while being open to learning from others and ourselves. If you have skills to bring and a willingness to try new things and keep learning please check out our current vacancies.