Recognition and awards
Join with us in acknowledging the contributions that so many have made to the resolution of conflict in New Zealand and Australia.
Ambassador | Michael Klug Award | Law Awards | New Zealand mediation training scholarships | Historically influential people
The Resolution Institute Ambassador, an honorary role, acknowledges a person of professional stature, who:
- promotes the use of dispute resolution
- fosters awareness of Resolution Institute as the leading dispute resolution membership and advocacy organisation in Australia and New Zealand.
Ambassadors are active for Resolution Institute during the terms presenting to local groups of members, speaking at conferences, presenting webinars and presenting to wider audiences.
The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC
The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC was Chief Justice of Western Australia between 2006 and his retirement from the bench in July 2018. Prior to his appointment he practised at the Western Australian Bar in the field of commercial litigation, mainly involving disputes in the mining, energy, resources, construction and financial sectors. His practice included international and domestic arbitration. As Chief Justice he created and managed the Arbitration List of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and he has published many decisions in that field (and others). He is a qualified and experienced mediator. Since leaving the Bench he is taking appointments as a mediator and arbitrator.
(earlier known as Fellow)
Ian Govey AM | Annabel Shaw | Professor Laurence Boulle | Tom Howe QC | Geoff Sharp | Joanna Kalowski | The Honourable Tony Fitzgerald
The Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award is presented annually by the Resolution Institute Board to someone who has, in the previous 12 months, contributed towards the peaceful resolution of conflict in the best interests of the community.
Sarah Blake is the recipient of the 2018 Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award in recognition of her contribution to the peaceful resolution of conflict within Aboriginal communities throughout WA. With an ability to bridge the cultural divides with respect and authority, her work is exemplified by a Community Mediation in 2016-17 in the East Kimberley region
Professor Chris Marshall | Chris Lilleyman | Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw | Micheline Dewdney | The Honourable Murray Kellam AO | Dr Michael King | Dr Stella Cornelius AO OBE
The annual law awards in Australia and New Zealand are an amazing opportunity to highlight the achievements of mediators and arbitrators to the legal community. Resolution Institute has sponsored the Mediator of the Year in New Zealand since 2012 and the Arbitrator of the Year and Mediator of the Year in Australia since 2017.
In New Zealand during June:
In Australia during February:
See the finalists for 2019 in Australia at The Australasian Law Awards auslawawards.com.au
New Zealand Mediator of the Year
Grant Allan (2018)
Timothy McMichael (2017) | Sharon Stewart (2016) | David Hurley (2015) | Maria Dew (2014) | Warren Sowerby (2013) | Geoff Sharp (2012)
Australian Mediator of the Year
Dr Anne Purcell (2018) | Stephen Lancken (2017)
Australian Arbitrator of the Year
John Wakefield (2018)
Alex Baykitch (2017)
This scholarship offers New Zealand students, recent graduates, or workers in the not-for-profit/NGO sector the opportunity to attend one of Resolution Institute's Mediation training workshops.
Applying for a scholarship
Applications for our 2019 scholarships close 29 March 2019.
2018 scholarship recipients
Jamie-Lee Tuuta(Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri and Ngati Toa Rangatira) is a Solicitor at Community Law Canterbury where she works predominately within family, employment and Māori land law and also leads their Māori Legal Team - Te Ropu Ture Māori. Jamie-Lee aims to become an accredited mediator and to promote alternative dispute resolution throughout the community in Canterbury
Michael Ligaliga PhD thesis through the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago focused on examining whether there are cultural aspects within Samoan society that contribute to violence in Samoa. Michael wants to build on his conflict resolution and peace-building skills by becoming an accredited mediator assisting Samoan communities in New Zealand and Samoa.
Many members have made a significant contribution to fostering and growing Resolution Institute and its predecessor organisations. Here we highlight members who have been honoured for their very significant volunteer effort over many years.
The Board acknowledges as luminaries members who have made particularly selfless, sustained and significant voluntary contribution to the organisation. The luminaries contribution is recognised in the naming of rooms in the mediation suite at the Sydney office.
Margaret Halsmith served as the Chair of Resolution Institute from 2007 to 2017. Her numerous achievements during this period include completing two integrations - one between LEADR and LEADR NZ (2013) and one between LEADR and IAMA (2014), growing membership from 1600 to about 3200 and making the financial health of the organisation more robust.
Michael Klug was the Founding Vice-Chair from 1989 to 1995, Chair in 1996 and a Director for from 1989-2001. Michael created the name LEADR - Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Michael's well-known view that lawyers should embrace alternative dispute resolution contributed to being honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia.
Alan Limbury was a Founding director until 1994 and the second Chair of LEADR in 1992-93. Alan saw that lawyers needed education in alternative dispute resolution and promoted alternative dispute resolution extensively. Alan was instrumental in opening membership to non-lawyers.
Michael Mills was Chair from 2003 until 2007, a Director between 1996 and 2009 and a founding member of the WA Chapter. A leading commercial lawyer, Michael helped forge a close and dynamic relationship within the Board and with the CEO. Michael kept the organisation contemporary at a time of change and invigorated its altruistic approach.
Gerald Raftesath was the Founding Chair from 1989 until 1991, in 1994, 2000 and 2002. He was a Director for ten and a half years during the period 1989-2003. A leading commercial litigator with an outstanding reputation, Gerald’s commitment to the philanthropic objectives gave the organisation enormous credibility.
Oscar Shub was the Chair from 1997-99, as well as being a Director from 1995 to 2000. Before this, he was the inaugural Chair of the WA Chapter, bringing experience from South Africa that was at that time ahead of Australia.
Former patrons who have contributed to the growth of Resolution Institute:
Hon Sir Ian Barker QC
Hon Sir Ian Barker QC was a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand for more than 20 years and was knighted in 1994. As Patron of Resolution Institute between 1997 to 2018 Sir Ian championed mediation and dispute resolution in New Zealand.
Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, KStJ, QC
Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, KStJ, QC was a Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, and a Companion of the Order of Australia. As Resolution Institute’s Patron Sir Laurence influenced the acceptance of ADR by the judicial and wider legal community.
Members whose contributions have been recognised by the Board with honorary membership:
The Hon. Sir Ian Barker | The Hon John Batt | Mark Beech | Adrian Bellemore |The Hon David McCartin Byrne QC | The Hon Ian Callinan AC QC |The Hon Justice Clyde Croft | Antonino de Fina | Miriam Dean QC | Li Dianxun | Sue Duncombe | Margaret Halsmith |Robert Hunt |Laurie James | The Hon Christopher Legoe QC AO | John Muirhead | Ian Nosworthy |Carol Powell | Eric Pratt QC |Gerald Raftesath | The Hon Andrew John Rogers QC | The Hon Frank Shelton | Oscar Shub | Tim Sullivan | Sir David Williams QC