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On demand | Webinar | Current engagement of Māori with dispute resolution services available in Aotearoa New Zealand

with Wi Pere Mita, Hinemoa Dixon, Maximillian Scott-Murray, Hēmi Pirihi and Robyn Leach

On demand | Online
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Current engagement of Māori with dispute resolution services available in Aotearoa New Zealand

This webinar offers a panel of Māori practitioners working across a range of dispute resolution services: Human Rights Commission | Te Kāhui Tika Tangata , Family Dispute Resolution, MBIE Employment Mediation Service, Community Law services and Restorative Justice, sharing their views and wisdom about the current engagement of Māori with dispute resolution services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Wi Pere Mita, Chair of Resolution Institute’s Te Kāhui Māori facilitates this conversation asking the panel to share their thoughts on the successes, the barriers or challenges and their suggestions for the future.

About the speakers

Wi Pere Mita
Lawyer / Mediator

Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Maniapoto

Wi Pere is a lawyer / mediator who specializes in Kaupapa Māori dispute resolution. He is a graduate of the kōhanga reo and kura Māori movements and is an advocate for the advancements of Māori aspirations in law and dispute resolution. He is a member of the Resolution Institute Board of Directors and Chair of the Kāhui Māori, Resolution Institute Māori Caucus.

Hinemoa Dixon
Senior Mediator
Employment Mediation Service
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Tainui (Ngāti Hauā and Ngāti Wairere) and Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Hine-a- Maru and Mahurehure)

Hinemoa Dixon, a Senior Mediator for Dispute Resolution (DR), Employment Mediation Service of Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, brings a wealth of experience gained in this role over the last 20 years, meeting and mediating with people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic levels. During this time, Hinemoa has been involved influencing change in the whole of DR’s service delivery in adopting and walking with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to become a better Treaty partner and providing a culturally responsive Mediation service. This has involved lifting and raising capability of kaimahi, in terms of te reo and tikanga Māori practices.

In her previous role Hinemoa worked for 18 years within the Department of Social Welfare in offices throughout New Zealand finishing in October 2000 as a Work broker with Work and Income NZ. Her roles, ranging from frontline Customer Services Officer/ Case Manager in benefits and pensions to Trainer, taught her a lot about people and the importance of effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Maximillian Scott-Murray
Co-General Manager
Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Awa

Maximillian Scott-Murray is Co-General manager at Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

He is a Restorative Justice facilitator, an ex court case coordinator, and a Ministry of Justice Restorative Justice contract manager.

Maximillian is currently working towards Mediation accreditation, and member of Resolution Institute's Māori caucus and professional development roopu.

Maximillian says “he is interested in finding resolve through effective conversations and collective empowerment, with an emphasis on upholding mana and rangatiratanga in every room.

Living in Titahi bay with the growing family, enjoy filling my (limited!) free time with music, art, diving and biking.”

Hēmi Pirihi
Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai

Hēmi is a Kaitahutahu with the Ahi Kaa Team of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

He was raised at the feet of his ancestors on the papakāinga and contributes to embedding te Tiriti o Waitangi, te Ao Māori and te reo Māori in the Commission’s journey to become authentically Tiriti-based.

Hēmi works towards promoting and advancing Tiriti, indigenous and human rights.

Robyn Leach

Family Dispute Resolution Mediator
Ngāti Maru

Robyn is trained as an FDR mediator and an accredited mediator with the Resolution Institute. Robyn has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Auckland and a Business Management Diploma from Auckland University of Technology. She is a member of the Family Law Section.

Robyn has her own mediation and legal practise mediating and resolving disputes for families. Disputes including: relationship property, care of children, guardianship, parenting, blended families, Family Trust, family businesses and so on.

Her work for families with the Family Court provides insight to the limitations of that process and invigorates her passion for mediation.