Determinations Specialist

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Tēnei tūranga – About the role

The primary focus of the Determinations team is to support the chief executive to exercise their powers to make determinations under the Building Act 2004.  Determinations are important function of the Act as they provide clarity of the operation of our performance based regulatory regime as well as providing a mechanism for participants in the sector to resolve disputes.

The Determinations Specialist is an integral member of the Determinations team, of the Building Resolutions unit in the exercise of the statutory functions. This role is multifaceted, it includes the initial procedural assessment of application, deciding if further information or clarification is required. A significant aspect of the role focuses on combining legal analysis and building technical knowledge to critically assess submissions and evidence under the Building Code and Building Act 2004. Determinations specialists are required to draft determinations decisions and making recommendations to the statutory appointed decision makers. At times, the role also requires selecting, briefing and supporting the appointment of technical experts.

Ngā herenga – Requirements of the role

Personal specifications

  • Ability to understand, use and explain the building regulatory framework, in particular relating to the handling of determinations under the Building Act 2004.
  • Ability to understand and analyse complex information and identify the key issues.
  • Ability to communication complex information through written documents.
  • Ability to work in a demanding and complex environment with statutory timeframes.
  • Confident communicating with customers regarding complicated matters, verbally and in writing.
  • Good project management skills or demonstated case management experience.
  • Experience in word, excel and database processing packages.
  • Acquainted with legal processes and systems.
  • Ability to quickly assimilate new information or areas of work.
  • Can-do attitude, in particular an ability to develop a problem solving approach that meets the problem's specific needs.
  • Understanding of MBIE and where the team fits in delivering outcomes for the Ministry.


  • Ideally a tertiary qualification in a building related area or law or commerce.

Takohanga tuhinga o mua – Key accountabilities and deliverables

Critical Areas of Success

Delivers high quality results to support the Decision Makers in exercising the powers to make Determinations under the Building Act.

The Determination Specialist will be required to deliver results in the following areas:

  • Providing sound advice on whether to refuse or accept an application for determination.
  • Supporting the effective and efficient administration of processes relating to determinations.
  • Assisting with the case management of determinations, including seeking clarification and further information from parties where required.
  • Identifying and supporting the appointment of technical experts to investigate determinations where required.
  • Considering applications and evidence and writing determinations decisions in a clear and succinct manner so they are easily read and understood by parties and others that use these documents as education material.
  • Supporting the hearings process where required.
  • Contributing to Determinations Team activities and adding value by insights and perspectives on particular cases.
  • Sharing and contributing knowledge with other members of Building Systems Performance and Services Delivery branches.

Organisational Commitment and Public Service

Role models the standards of Integrity and Conduct for the State Services.

Contributes to the development of, and helps promote and builds commitment to MBIE’s vision, mission, values and services by:

  • Willingly undertaking any duty required within the context of the position.
  • Managing own personal health and safety, and takes appropriate action to deal with workplace hazards, accidents and incidents.
  • Understanding Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) principles and the application of these to MBIE.
  • Complying with all legislative requirements and good employer obligations.

Wellbeing, health and safety

  • Displays commitment through actively supporting all safety and wellbeing initiatives.
  • Ensures own and others safety at all times.
  • Complies with relevant safety and wellbeing policies, procedures, safe systems of work and event reporting.
  • Reports all incidents/accidents, including near misses in a timely fashion.
  • Is involved in health and safety through participation and consultation.

Tō tūranga i roto i te Manatū – Your place in the Ministry

The Determinations Specialist position reports into the Manager, Advisory within the Building & Tenancy branch. The branch sits within the Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery group.

More information about MBIE’s structure

To mātou aronga – What we do for Aotearoa New Zealand

Hīkina Whakatutuki is the te reo Māori name for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Hīkina means to uplift. Whakatutuki means to move forward, to make successful. Our name speaks to our purpose, Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All.

To Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All, we put people at the heart of our mahi. Based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, we are committed to upholding authentic partnerships with Māori.

As agile public service leaders, we use our breadth and experience to navigate the ever-changing world. We are service providers, policy makers, investors and regulators. We engage with diverse communities, businesses and regions. Our work touches on the daily lives of New Zealanders. We grow opportunities (Puāwai), guard and protect (Kaihāpai) and innovate and navigate towards a better future (Auaha).

Ngā matatau – Our competencies

Cultivates innovation We create new and better ways for the organisation to be successful by challenging the status quo generating new and creative ideas and translating them into workable solutions.

Nimble learning We are curious and actively learn through experimentation when tackling new problems by learning as we go when facing new situations and challenges.

Customer focus We build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions by listening and gaining insights into the needs of the communities we serve and actively seeking and responding to feedback.

Decision quality We make quality and timely decisions that shape the future for our communities and keep the organisation moving forward by relying on an appropriate mix of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement to make valid and reliable decisions.

Action oriented We step up, taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with purpose, urgency and discipline by taking responsibility, ownership and action on challenges, and being accountable for the results.

Collaborates We connect, working together to build partnerships with our communities, working collaboratively to meet shared objectives by gaining trust and support of others; actively seeking the views, experiences, and opinions of others and by working co-operatively with others across MBIE, the public sector and external stakeholder groups.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

As an agency of the public service, MBIE has a responsibility to contribute to the Crown meeting its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti). Meeting our commitment to Te Tiriti will contribute towards us realising the overall aims of Te Ara Amiorangi – Our Path, Our Direction, and achieve the outcome of Growing New Zealand for All. The principles of Te Tiriti - including partnership, good faith, and active protection – are at the core of our work. MBIE is committed to delivering on our obligations as a Treaty partner with authenticity and integrity and to enable Māori interests. We are committed to ensuring that MBIE is well placed to meet our obligations under the Public Service Act 2020 (Te Ao Tūmatanui) to support the Crown in strengthening the Māori/Crown Relationship under the Treaty and to build MBIE’s capability, capacity and cultural intelligence to deliver this.

Mahi i roto i te Ratonga Tūmatanui – Working in the public service

Ka mahitahi mātou o te ratonga tūmatanui kia hei painga mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i āianei, ā, hei ngā rā ki tua hoki. He kawenga tino whaitake tā mātou hei tautoko i te Karauna i runga i āna hononga ki a ngāi Māori i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ka tautoko mātou i te kāwanatanga manapori. Ka whakakotahingia mātou e te wairua whakarato ki ō mātou hapori, ā, e arahina ana mātou e ngā mātāpono me ngā tikanga matua o te ratonga tūmatanui i roto i ā mātou mahi.

In the public service we work collectively to make a meaningful difference for New Zealanders now and in the future. We have an important role in supporting the Crown in its relationships with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi. We support democratic government. We are unified by a spirit of service to our communities and guided by the core principles and values of the public service in our work.

What does it mean to work in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Public Service?(external link) — Te Kawa Mataaho The Public Service Commission

MBIE value: Māia - Bold & brave, Pae Kahurangi - Build our future, Mahi Tahi - Better together, Pono Me Te Tika - Own it