25 February 2022

Aotearoa New Zealand update | February 2022




Kia ora

More challenging times

As the Omicron COVID-19 variant continues to spread throughout our country we are once again required to be agile, innovative and flexible in the provision of dispute resolution services.

When speaking with members I hear a number of common themes coming out of our current situation including:

  • Using video conferencing (Zoom etc) for mediations is now commonplace.
  • Using the telephone is a good option especially in areas where the internet is not strong.
  • People are taking longer to respond to requests.
  • Avoid any conversations about COVID-19 and mandates due to their sensitive nature.
  • If a party has a view on the mandates, ensure you stay neutral in your position.
  • Consider as many options as possible to accommodate non-vaccinated parties.
  • Be alert that people are affected differently by the COVID-19 restrictions.

There is no doubt these times are challenging but as I have mentioned previously, we are in a position to help people though these tough times by using all our dispute resolution skills.

Tūhono accreditation
We have been working hard to create a Tikanga mediation process accreditation with our partners the Tūhono Collective.  I am very pleased to say that this is now available for people with professional membership of Resolution Institute.

Further information can be found here

Congratulations also go to Wi Peri Mita and Everard Halbert who are our first two members who have passed the Tūhono accreditation process.

Family Dispute Resolution Conference
I am very pleased to say that the FDR conference planning is well under way and we have some exciting presenters. 

The conference runs over three mornings with two 90-minute workshops each morning from 9am to 12.30pm and is presented jointly with AMINZ.

Spots are filling fast so please register here

Negotiation workshop
On the subject of training, I am running a three-session workshop on negotiation. It will cover topics ranging from creating fast rapport, to negotiating planning to detecting deception.  I have run these sessions in many countries and they are well received. 

They will run for 90 minutes across three weeks with the first one on March 17.

Details are available here 

February update
As mentioned last month Awatea Mita has left Resolution Institute to return to full time study.  I have taken over the Restorative Justice work along with Kim’s help and some data entry outsourcing.

The team have been very busy especially from the flow-on effect of our current ‘Red’ traffic light settings.

Our March mediation course has been moved online. Likewise with our accreditation assessments.  Thankfully our Restorative Justice five-day workshop in Auckland was able to proceed. 

Kia kaha
Trevor Slater