30 August 2022

Aotearoa New Zealand update | August 2022



Mediator of the Year Awards
Each year Resolution Institute sponsors the NZ Mediator of the Year Award.  I am very pleased to announce the finalists for this year are:

  • Mark Kelly, Bankside Chambers
  • Hayden Wilson, Dentons Kensington Swan
  • Jon Everest, PACT and Orange Umbrella
  • Nina Khouri, Nina Khouri Mediation
  • Nurit Zubery, Beyond Conflict Mediation
  • Wi Pere Mita, Laidlaw Law and Consultancy

Congratulations to all nominees and good luck! The winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner on November 10 in Auckland.

I am very pleased to say that the new Aotearoa Conflict Coaching course is almost full. This is a course that has been specifically designed for Aotearoa New Zealand and will be run by our highly experienced trainers. At this stage there are only one or two places left. So if you’re interested please register as soon as you can here

We also have two five-day mediation workshops coming up very soon and they are also filling fast.  One is online, allowing access to the great training without the travel, and the other is in Wellington.

The online course details are available here 
The Wellington course details are available here 

Family Dispute Resolution
There are certainly a number of FDR challenges currently.  Resolution Institute is working closely with AMINZ and MOJ to try and address some of these.

A major problem we see is that the pathway from mediator to FDR mediator is not clear or well defined. AMINZ and Resolution Institute are working on this and early next year are running joint training for mediators who wish to work in FDR.

We also continue to meet regularly with MOJ and the other FDR Approved Dispute Resolution Schemes to help ensure there is consistency in accreditation and complaint handling across all ADROs.

Child Inclusion Course -
Some very exciting news in the FDR sector is the work being undertaken by Resolution Institute member Jill Goldson in the area of child inclusion in family mediation.

Following extensive research and work Jill has created an excellent online training programme - Child inclusion in family mediation: philosophy and practice

We sent out information on this great course a few weeks ago but in case you missed it here is the link to the information and registration 

Restorative Justice
Resolution Institute holds the contract with MOJ to provide training and accreditation in Restorative Justice. We do so in conjunction with our wonderful training partners PACT.

The training consists of five online modules, a report writing and a interview skills module and then a five day face-to-face workshop. This then leads to ‘trained’ status and over the next 18 months you work in the area and can then apply for accreditation.

Usually a prospective RJ Facilitator would firstly join a RJ Provider who has a contract for services with MOJ.  However, if you are interested in moving into the Restorative Justice area the training is available to non-aligned practitioners at a user-pays cost.

More information on Restorative Justice can be found here and if you are interested please drop me an email at

Kia kaha
Trevor Slater