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Scholarship to attend the 5 Day Mediation Workshop in NZ

This Scholarship provides for New Zealand students, recent graduates, or workers in the not-for-profit/NGO sector to attend one of Resolution Institute's 5 Day Mediation Training Workshops.

Applications for 2017 Scholarships

Our scholarships provide an opportunity for successful applicants who are committed to dispute resolution and are eager to become qualified mediators to take part in Resolution Institute's 5 day Mediation Training Workshop without paying registration costs.

Closing date for applications is Friday 17 March 2017.
Submit to: infonz@resolution.institute

Resolution Institute - information sheet

Resolution Institute - application form

2016 Scholarship Winners

As always, we were impressed with the quality and range of applications received this year. Applicants are involved in a wide range of valuable work in the community. It is inspiring to see such strong interest in alternative dispute resolution and how it is contributing to communities in New Zealand.

Wi Pere is a lawyer with practice experience mainly in Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Employment Law, Family Law & Maori legal issues. Wi Pere is currently the co-chair of Nga Kaiawhina Hapori Maori o Te Ture (Maori Caucus of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa), the convenor of the Maori Justice Network, and the Maori Representative on the Executive Board of the Coalition of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa. He has been a member of the Public Issues Committee of the Auckland District Law Society, and manages the Intellectual Property interests of Aotearoa Kapa Haka Ltd, a subsidiary of Te Matatini.

Wi Pere is also the manager (on behalf of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa) of an iwi justice panel project which might see iwi/marae justice panels rolled out throughout New Zealand. Wi Pere believes that mediation training will increase his knowledge of how to deal with disputes in a culturally appropriate manner. After attending the training, he hopes to become an accredited mediator.

Bianca Fanene is a Maori/Samoan/English/New Zealander. On her Maori side she hails from Taranaki (Ngati Ruanui) and comes from Afega in Samoa. Bianca has an LLB/BA with a double major in Maori Studies and Sociology and was admitted to the Bar in 2013. After practicing family law in Porirua in 2013/2014, she returned to Auckland and practiced as a barrister for a short time. Bianca says "I am now a restorative justice facilitator contracting to Manaaki Oranga Restorative Justice. I also work full time as an Employment Consultant for a not for profit non-government organisation (The Wise Group/Workwise) on their contract with the Department of Corrections, where I support people with convictions to find suitable work and maintain employment. I am dedicated to living a non-violent life and non-violent forms of resolution and believe in self-determination and justice."

2015 Scholarship Winners

Ani Pitman (Patuharakeke and Te Parawhau hapu) is from the Whangarei area. She holds an LLB from Victoria University, Wellington and was admitted to the Bar in Whangarei where she now lives. Her interests are in hapu and community development and strengths-based, best practice models. Ani has served on several not-for-profit Boards, both national and regional, in the health and social services sectors. She is a Board member of Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board which is mandated to represent Patuharakeke’s interests in environmental, political, legal and treaty settlement matters. Based in the southern shores of Whangarei harbour and eastern seaboard and offshore islands from Marsden Point, Waipu and Bream Tail, Patuharakeke are faced with daily incursions on their environment and their standing as manawhenua. Ani says "the LEADR & IAMA qualification will provide a valuable opportunity to further explore avenues of resolving disputes and providing better outcomes for the community." Her goal is to become an accredited mediator and assist hapu and Iwi groups to navigate through environmental issues and the very challenging and divisive treaty settlement process. She would also like to assist parties such as whanau/families to find suitable resolutions to their family issues and is keen to build on best practice employment problem resolution processes. Ani is honoured and delighted to receive the 2015 LEADR IAMA Scholarship and hopes to develop relationships with other practitioners, and build networks and diverse insights.

Christina Barruel is the Head of Peace Education for The Peace Foundation. She comes from a primary teacher background and has been employed in her present role for over nine years. She looks after seven peace education programmes for the organisation and leads a national team consisting of programme managers and regional trainers. Christina says "I'm passionate about providing peaceful conflict resolution skills for children, teenagers and adults so that they have constructive choices when dealing with conflict and can be role models for others within their home, school, workplace and community." As part of her role as Head of Peace Education, she enjoys her position as lead trainer for the school programmes in the Auckland region and continues to fit her busy training schedule around her management duties. During the last five years she has introduced the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme to schools in Fiji, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Iceland and Los Angeles. Christina ​has been recognized for her national contribution to peace education and was one of 12 New Zealanders to be awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2011.

Liz O'Brien is originally from Auckland and is currently in her 5th and final year of a LLB/BA at Victoria University of Wellington. Liz says "I became interested in mediation through University papers and my current work as a residential advisor. In this role there is an emphasis on deescalating situations as I facilitate flat meetings and resolve conflict between students. I am therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to attend the 5 Day Mediation Workshop as I hope to utilise the skills learnt and encourage other residential advisors to follow suit. Furthermore, mediation will be an important asset to my future as I hope to enter a career in international relations and diplomacy. Through University and model UNs, I have been fortunate to meet inspiring people, many of who stressed the importance of developing good negotiation and mediation skills."

Sally King has worked as a Family Coordinator for the Wilson Home Trust for 15 years, providing information and support, initiating projects and activities that benefit children with disabilities and their families, and administering an extensive grants programme. Sally says "As a teenage mum of a child with a disability, I soon learnt that identifying needs, negotiating for services and establishing and maintaining positive relationships were essential for our family to thrive. Many years ago I was made redundant from a position in the commercial sector and made the decision to commit to working in roles that were not-for-proift, benefited those who struggled to have a voice and had strong humanitarian values. I am tremendously grateful to be able to work for children and families who experience all the sadness, frustration, hope and joy of daily challenges."

2014 Scholarship Winners

Abann K.A Yor is from South Sudan, and arrived in New Zealand in 2005. He has been heavily involved with the Auckland South Sudanese Community. As leader of this community from 2006 to 2012, Abann worked alongside government agencies on a number of social development initiatives. Since coming to New Zealand, he has gained qualifications in a range of subjects, most recently a Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management through Unitec Auckland. He is currently the Chairperson for Auckland refugee Community Coalition (ARCC) and also works as Employment Coordinator and Education Advisor for young people from refugee backgrounds at RYAN, the Refugee Youth Action Network. Mediation skills will be invaluable to Abann's work with a very diverse group of people.

Jill Myers is a social worker for Birthright Hawkes Bay Child and Family Care (a non-government organisation) in Napier. Her role includes facilitating Parenting through Separation, Incredible Years Parenting Course and Strengthening Families Meetings. She is also a social worker in primary and intermediate schools. Jill the works with a number of separated parents and blended families, where there are often disagreements over parenting and day to day care. Her mediation skills will enable her to enhance communication between parents and assist them to resolve disputes, providing better outcomes for children, families, and the community.

Lee Belk is a graduate of the University of Auckland (LLB, BA), now studying Postgraduate Law part-time. She works as a lawyer and Legal Educator for Waitemata Community Law Centre, serving individuals and families with unmet legal needs. Lee’s Maori upbringing has provided her with an understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution from a Maori perspective. Much of her work focuses on addressing the legal service needs of Maori. She hopes to become an accredited mediator, and promote the service within the law centre at little or no cost. She is particularly interested in offering mediation services to low income and marginalised groups, focusing on the cultural needs of Maori clients.

Marian Shore leads a number of community-based initiatives addressing social, financial and environmental problems. She manages the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust, which operates a recovery park handling recycling, resale items, greenwaste and rubbish. The trust focuses on up-skilling socially or financially marginalised members of the community. She is a founding coalition member of the WHO Safer Waitaki Project, and is the chairperson of the Waitaki Safer Community Trust, which manages a restorative justice contract with the Ministry of Justice. Marian will use her mediation skills across all of her roles, particularly supporting those who may not have developed social skills through challenging situations.

Naomi Johnstone is a young practitioner-scholar in the field of transitional justice, conflict resolution, Indigenous rights and access to justice. She has experience working for several international NGOs and agencies in Aceh (Indonesia) and Sri Lanka and Bougainville (Papua New Guinea). She has also worked in New Zealand for the National Peace and Conflict Studies Centre and as Research Counsel for the Chief Judge of the Waitangi Tribunal and Maori Land Court. Naomi holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law degree with first class honours and is currently in her final year of a PhD. She is examining access to justice through alternative dispute resolution methods after the civil conflict in Bougainville.

2013 Scholarship Winners

Christina Tay - Wellington

Born in Rotorua of Ngati Pikiao descent, Christina was in the banking industry for 14 years prior to completing a conjoint degree at Waikato University (Law/Politics). She's been in the public sector for almost five years. Christina says she was "delighted" to be selected and says she's looking forward to gaining the tools to be able to move into mediation as an occupation, which is her ultimate aim. "I'm really looking forward to gaining the experience and confidence to run a mediation and to work with the course facilitators and being guided on how to run a successful mediation. I will be able to utilise the knowledge and experience to support me with the voluntary and committee work that I'm involved with."

Chelsea Robinson - Wellington

Originally from Waitakere, Chelsea now lives in Wellington and recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her primary skills are in facilitation, event management and team building, and she is currently working as a contract facilitator with Enspiral Services in Wellington, a business collective for social entrepreneurs. She was "totally surprised" to be selected for this scholarship and is honoured to be able to work in a context she wouldn't otherwise be able to work in. "I'm excited to bring together the lessons of innovation we're learning in the community sector and social entrepreneurship community and connect it with the tighter polished working style of the corporate sector. I hope to develop relationships with other practitioners and hear insightful stories from different sectors. I'm also very excited to work inter-generationally and bring youthful energy, together with the nuanced skills of those with decades of experience."