Important COVID-19 Update


These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, arbitrators, mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

John Carter

John Carter

Service: Arbitration, Arb-Med, Mediation, Expert Determination, Early Neutral Evaluation


John completed his LLB (Hons) degree in 1967 and within a year was a partner of McElroy Duncan & Preddle. In the 1980s that firm merged with four other firms to create McElroy Milne and then McElroy Morrison. John was Managing Partner of McElroy Milne for 4 years in total and served on the executive of that firm and McElroy Morrison (a mega firm in the mid 1980s) until it disbanded in the late 1980s, serving in managerial positions as well as having a full time professional workload.

John was an original member of the Law Society Committee which established the Legal Advice Section of Citizens Advice Bureau and have served on (inter alia) the Property Disputes Committee of the Auckland District Law Society.

As well as being a Fellow of AMINZ, he is on both the arbitration and mediation panels of the Institute, and is a trained arbitrator and mediator and is professionally active in both those areas.


  • 45 years experience as a barrister and solicitor
  • particular expertise in litigation, arbitration and mediation particularly in property and construction disputes acting as arbitrator and mediator on many occasions.
  • LLB Honours Degree from the University of Auckland
  • Senior partner of my legal practice Carter & Partners until 31 December 2008, now (my choice) a consultant
  • Member of LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Dispute Resolution)
  • Fellow of AMINZ
  • 40 years membership of (what was formerly known as) the New Zealand branch of the Institute of Arbitrators London of which I was Chairman, and now the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Inc
  • Member of both Arbitration & Mediation Panels of AMINZ
  • Director of a number of private companies, including sole NZ resident director of Wilson Parking NZ Ltd (part of international group)
  • Chairman of Titirangi Golf Club Disciplinary Committee and wrote the disciplinary by-laws for the Club

Experienced and with good skills in:

  • Legal process, natural justice and ethics
  • Writing decisions (as arbitrator)
  • Property disputes/litigation/arbitration/mediation including many High Court and Court of Appeal cases