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 | Resolution Institute Awards | 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 Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC
The Hon. 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 Hon. Tony Fitzgerald
The Resolution Institute Awards are a series of four awards designed to celebrate and honour outstanding contribution and/or practice across the dispute resolution spectrum in the following categories:
- Achievement by an emerging practitioner (may be awarded to Resolution Institute members only)
- Exceptional practice (may be awarded to Resolution Institute members only)
- Innovation in practice (may be awarded to Resolution Institute members only)
- Service to dispute resolution (may be awarded to both members as well as non-members, individuals as well as organisations)
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.
Dr. Hanna Jaireth (2020)
Dr. Jaireth contributed significantly towards providing the NZ Government with a comprehensive range of information to support their review of the proposed NZ Farm Debt Mediation scheme, leading to the adoption of the Farm Debt Mediation Act (NSW) in NZ. Through the adoption of this Act, her efforts have aided the peaceful settlement of conflicts between farmers and their creditors, offering a measure of relief to an economy burdened by the challenges of COVID-19.
Wayne Marriott | Sarah Blake | Professor Chris Marshall | Chris Lilleyman | Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw | Micheline Dewdney | The Hon. 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 2020 in Australia at The Australasian Law Awards auslawawards.com.au
New Zealand Mediator of the Year
Mark Kelly (2019)
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 (2020)
Tom Stodulka (2019)
Dr Anne Purcell (2018) | Stephen Lancken (2017)
Australian Arbitrator of the Year
Donna Ross (2020)
Brian Millar & Scott Ellis (2019)
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
We will advertise here when the next scholarship application process opens.
2019 scholarship recipients
Carla Eglinton practised law for five years before becoming an accredited Restorative Justice Facilitator with the Ngāti Hine Health Trust. Carla works with Offenders and Victims throughout Northland following a guilty plea and prior to sentencing in the District Court. Carla promotes all forms of alternative dispute resolution within her community and looks forward to becoming an accredited mediator.
Don is a student at the University of Auckland taking his LLB (Hons) who has received several awards for academic excellence.
Outside law school, Don has been actively involved in supporting charities in Singapore and in New Zealand. In 2011, he co-founded Project Keep-In-Touch which raised $31,273 for TOUCH Community Services over 6 months, mobilising more than 2,000 student volunteers and reaching out to 80,000 members of the public.
In New Zealand, he has been supporting Foster Our Future through tutoring students. Serving as the President of the Singapore Students’ Association (Auckland), Don has also been actively advocating for greater unity and collaboration between on-campus clubs. He aims to promote alternative dispute resolution in his legal career by becoming an accredited mediator.
Jo is a registered nurse and has worked in multiple healthcare settings for over twenty years, holding leadership roles in New Zealand and the UK. As a research associate and facilitator with the Diana Unwin Chair of Restorative Justice, she currently works with healthcare stakeholders to influence safety systems. Jo has been applying restorative approaches in healthcare to respond to adverse events and nurture resilient organisations since 2013.
She researches the relational nature of safety systems and has published and presented in international forums. Her PhD is focusing on how restorative approaches might respond to healthcare harm and support resilient healthcare systems.
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 AM
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 AM
Michael Klug was the Founding Vice-Chair from 1989 to 1995, Chair in 1996 and a Director 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 him 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:
The Hon. Sir Ian Barker QC
The 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 alternative dispute resolution by the judicial and wider legal community.
Members whose contributions have been recognised by the Board with honorary membership:
David Hurley | Professor Doug Jones AO | The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG | Michael Klug AM | Rowena McNally | Michael Mills | Gary Ulman | 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 AM |Robert Hunt | 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