Mediation panels

NZDRC maintains two panels of mediators

All NZDRC mediators have been appointed to NZDRC’s panels because of their extensive knowledge and expertise in mediating disputes.
NZDRC provides a continuing professional development programme for its mediators to ensure consistency and excellence in the delivery of its services. All mediators on NZDRC’s panels are required to maintain appropriate levels of continuing professional development.
In essence, the maintenance of two panels of mediators by NZDRC simply recognises and respects the different levels of expertise and experience of the constituent members just as it does in any other dispute resolution forum i.e. the courts.

Panel of Principal Mediators


NZDRC’s Principal Mediators are the most experienced, knowledgeable and respected mediators in New Zealand today.
NZDRC’s Principal Mediators are recognised as the leaders in mediation in New Zealand and by virtue of their experience and standing, the Principal Mediators may be appointed by NZDRC to mediate disputes of any nature and claims of any value.

Meet the Panel of Principal Mediators

General Panel

The mediators on NZDRC’s General Panel have been selected by NZDRC because of their extensive knowledge and experience in mediating disputes.
Generally the jurisdiction of the mediators on NZDRC’s General Panel is limited to disputes up to the value of $100,000.00. However, mediators on NZDRC’s General Panel are often appointed together with a Principal Mediator to co-mediate large disputes involving multiple parties.
The value of claims in respect of which the mediators on the General Panel may be nominated to mediate has been fixed by NZDRC in direct response to the expectations and requirements of the industry and the legal profession for a proportionate response to mediating disputes.

In simple terms, parties and their advisers expect, and indeed require, that disputes involving large sums of money, which by their very nature typically involve more technically and legally complex matters, should be dealt with by those persons with the most experience and knowledge. The situation is similar to and based on the same philosophy as in civil litigation where the jurisdiction of the District Court is limited to $200,000.00 whereas the High Court has no upper limit.

Meet the Panel of General Mediators

Family / Relationship Panel

All family and relationship disputes are now handled by our specialist organisation - the FDR Centre.

The FDR Centre works with NZ's most respected and trusted family mediators, arbitrators, counsellors and conflict and communication coaches to provide a full-service offering to help couples and families in dispute find resolution. 

The types of things we can help with at the FDR Centre include:
  • Adolescent / teenage issues
  • Adult family and elder care
  • Anxiety
  • Custody issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug &/or Alcohol abuse
  • Extended family issues
  • FDR Mediation (Care and contact of children)
  • Finance and budgeting issues
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender issues
  • Grief
  • Illness & Disabilities
  • Loss & Anger
  • Multi cultural relationships
  • Multi generational issues
  • Pre and post nuptial agreements
  • Relationship property
  • Relocation
  • Repartnered / blended family issues
  • Separation
  • Sexuality issues
  • Wills, trusts and estates

If your dispute ‘issues’ are not listed here, that’s OK – these are simply examples of common issues we deal with. We will always be able to appoint someone appropriate to suit your needs.

Meet the FDRC Panel of Specialists

Find out more about the FDR Centre here

FDR Centre


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