29 July 2022

Aotearoa New Zealand update | July 2022



The Times are Changing
The great Bob Dylan wrote in his song The Times They Are A-Changin:

If your time to you is worth savin'
And you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'

Dispute resolution practitioners and Resolution Institute have faced unprecedented challenges since 2019 which I think may continue for some time. However, over this time, I have seen many outstanding initiatives that have resulted in positive changes to the way we provide dispute resolution services to our communities.

It’s clear that our time ‘is worth saving’ and we have started to ‘swim’, and I think we need to take great pride in that because, in my opinion, the hard work undertaken by many of us has and will continue to make our community a better place.

Practice Groups
Did you know that Resolution Institute (NZ) has organised regular practice groups for all its members?

Facilitated by teams of Aotearoa New Zealand members and/or RJ facilitator practitioners our practice groups offer a 1.5 hour facilitated discussion to join colleagues and share thoughts, questions and insights of dispute resolution practice.

We currently have five groups on offer including the newly-formed FDR Practice Group which has been really well-received.

Christchurch Practice Group (meets on Tuesdays 5.30–7pm, five dates over 2022)

Virtual Practice Group (meets on Thursdays 5.30–7pm, five dates over 2022)

Wellington Practice Group (meets on Thursdays 12.00 – 1.30pm, five dates over 2022)

FDR Practice Group (meets on Wednesday 5.30 – 7.00pm, five dates over 2022)

And just recently launched and gathering registrations for their first meeting:

Restorative Justice Practice Group (they have three dates in the calendar over July, August, September)

These are all free and offer a great way to share ideas and connect with colleagues whilst earning CPD points. We are so grateful to our facilitator teams who generously give their time to offer these learning opportunities.

Conflict Coaching Course
I am very pleased to advise that Aotearoa New Zealand now has its own Conflict Coaching course.  Previously we were able to offer the CINERGY® course which required trainers from Australia. The course, although of excellent quality, did not have a cultural element suited to our environment.

Through the hard of work of Laura and a team of experts Laura established, we now have the Conflict Coaching Aotearoa course up and running in October.

The overall aim of the course is to equip the practitioner with a simple, intuitive coaching model to apply when supporting people in conflict, appropriate to the cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

This course has been developed in Aotearoa New Zealand drawing on both Māori and Pākehā world views and perspectives on conflict.

You can find more information and register here 

Don’t delay as the course is limited to 15 attendees.

Stay safe
Ngā manaakitanga

Trevor Slater