18 August 2021 | IMPORTANT NOTICE

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He waka eke noa.

NBR article previewJohn Green, the managing director of the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre has been interviewed by NBR news about the COVID-19 Rent Relief Scheme for Commercial Leases.

In the interview he discussed the low cost fixed fee arbitration and mediation service put in place by the NZDRC.  The article also noted that the government is again considering funding dispute resolution services for such disputes.

You can read the article or listen to the interview on the NBR website. Please note that the article is available to NBR subscribers only: Read the full article.

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