29 September 2021

Aotearoa New Zealand update | September 2021



Kia ora

A COVID-19 thank you
It is great to see so many of our members offering insights and help in undertaking dispute resolution in the current COVID-19 situation.

However, I want to say, as I am sure many of our non-Auckland based members do, a massive THANK YOU AUCKLAND for all the sacrifices you are making to help make Aotearoa New Zealand COVID-safe again.

Kia kaha.

Exciting news for our 2021 Spotlight on Practice Conference
Trying to organise and run an event in the current situation is difficult. The uncertainty of being able to travel outside our area and meet together means all members may not be able to participate.

I am very pleased to say we have resolved this challenge by changing Spotlight on Practice to Spotlight on PracticeOnline.

It won’t be the usual online ‘chalk and talk’ event. We are planning to have the same 90-minute interactive workshops as we were for our face-to-face event. You also won’t need to sit in front of your computer screen all day as we are running the sessions over three consecutive mornings.

This means no matter where you are or what COVID-19 level we are at, every Resolution Institute member will be able to attend our conference.

And without the associated costs of running a face-to-face event we can offer registration at a lesser cost. You can attend all sessions over the three mornings for $295 including GST.

Unfortunately, we won’t have the opportunities to meet and network with our colleagues but that is a sign of the times. However, you will have the opportunity to take part in a conference that will provide benefits to your practice, whatever that may be and wherever you are.

I encourage you to go to our conference website and register and select your workshops today.

National Mediation Conference – Australia
The National Mediation Conference was held between September 8 and September 11 as an online event.

I had the pleasure of hosting Wi Pere Mita who presented on ‘Celebrating First Nations’ and Indigenous approaches to conflict: Learnings from Aotearoa (NZ).’

The presentation initially spoke about Resolution Institute’s move to be more culturally competent and the creation of our Kahui Māori, and Wi Pere’s appointment as a board member. Wi Pere then shared his insights into how an organisation can successfully start the journey to cultural competence and the challenges involved.

It was a pleasure to host Wi Pere and to share the work we are doing at Resolution Institute.

To all those members who have renewed their membership — many thanks.

If you have not done so, please do so urgently. If you have any mediation accreditations, these will lapse at the end of September and new applications will be required to reinstate them. Furthermore, you will also risk missing out on many exciting events over the coming year.

The Aotearoa New Zealand team
Without harping on about the challenges of COVID-19, we all know it is hard to run a business during these times. Whilst we don’t rely on ‘walk-in’ customers like retail businesses, we do have an obligation to provide services to our members that meet their expectations and provide good value for membership.

Over these last few challenging weeks, and in fact the last 12–18 months, the team at the Wellington office has done just that under very tiring conditions. This is reflected in the compliments I receive from members about the team.

I am extremely grateful to Laura, Kim, Awatea and Gerry for all their hard work and for providing the excellent service our Aotearoa New Zealand members enjoy.

I know it has been hard at times and may well continue to be so, but I am confident the Wellington team will meet these challenges. 

Stay safe. Be kind.

Trevor Slater