Each year AMINZ holds a dispute resolution conference for all disputes resolution professionals.

This year we offer a new innovative format and some invigorating add-ons. Some things will be the same – concurrent streams for determinative and consensual processes, an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network and socialise and of course, excellence in presentations.

Just some of what will be on offer:

  • Sector meetings for those practising in the rural sector, family dispute resolution and construction adjudication.
  • The launch of the Young AMINZ Arbitration Group.
  • Newbies Event for anyone new to conference. (Sponsored by Kensington Swan)
  • Super-mediator Lee Jay Berman on how to grow your practice.
  • A commercial mediation fish-bowl.  See how it’s done by others.
  • An Oxford Union style debate with the topic – I owe my obligation to my client, not the process.
  • A movie screening of the Quiet Triumph: How Arbitration Changed the World. (Popcorn supplied).
  • 16 discussion groups on hot topics.
  • Social events a plenty including a Wellington cocktail crawl.
  • An add-on seminar with Lee Jay Berman – mediating through different lenses: seeing new things in the same old rooms:  2 September 2018.

To view the conference brochure, please CLICK HERE.

Confirmed Sessions


  • The art and science of resolving disputes – with Rt. Hon. Helen Clark ONZ SSI PC
  • Grow Your Practice Now! – with Lee Jay Berman
  • Women’s Breakfast – with Keri Morris
  • Conference Wrap – with Nicola Hartfield and Malcolm Wallace


  • To Tatau Pounamu – with Pita Sharples, Te Huia Bill Hamilton, Daphne Luke
  • How to Avoid and Overcome Impasse – with Lee Jay Berman
  • Should we Mediate Sexual Harassment Claims? – with Barbara Buckett
  • Making our Skills and Services Accessible – with Tim Foote
  • Lawyers at Mediation – Help or Hindrance – with Kirsty Swadling
  • Government Centre for Dispute Resolution – Update- with Caroline Holden
  • Creating Doubt to Make It Work for the Parties in Mediation – with Judy Dell
  • Farm Debt Mediation:  the Good and Bad  and the Likely Challenges for Mediators – with Bruce Cottrill
  • Canterbury Tales – with Stuart Rose
  • Memorable Mediator Catch Phrases – with Hayden Wilson
  • Gender Bias and Identity – with Simon Dadley-Moore, Isabel Aldiss, Barbara McCulloch and David Robinson
  • Armchair conversation:  Models of Mediation – Chris Rowe, Warren Sowerby and Bill Rainey
  • The Prevention before the Bend:  Institutional Early Dispute resolution Processes – with Jennifer Mahony
  • Alternative Environmental Justice:  Bridging the Gap Between Processes and
  • Making It Work – with Fiona Buchan-Ng and Vanessa Sugre
  • Commercial Mediation Fish-Bowl – with Lee Jay Berman, Maria Dew, Mark Kelly, Philippa Fee and Dan Parker


  • Review of Jurisdiction Decisions De Novo – with Jack Wass
  • Exploring the Drivers for Construction Disputes – with Polly Pope and Ed Crook
  • Astro v. Lippo: a tale of two seats –  with Albert Monichino QC
  • How Ethics can Promote the Use of Arbitration – with Kate Wiseman
  • Making it Work: A Look at the Arbitration Industry – with Royden Hindle
  • Arbitrating Family Law Disputes – with Robert Fisher QC
  • Adjudication:  Quick, Fast and Dirty – or is it? – with Graeme Christie
  • Avoiding Ankle Taps and Tiger Traps – Nicholas Till QC
  • It ain’t over ’til it’s over:  When is an arbitrator’s role complete? – with Nicole Smith
  • Tikanga Maori as substantive law – with Assoc. Prof. Amokura Kawharu
  • Creating time and cost efficiency in domestic arbitration – with Derek Johnston
  • Assisting dispute resolution uptake  –  a role for alternative fee arrangements ? – with Michael Webb
  • Making Intellectual Property Work – the DR Solution – with Clive Elliott QC
  • Perfect Partners or Uneasy Bedfellows? A Guide to Making the Most of ADR – with Dr Anna Kirk
  • Oxford Union Style Debate: I Owe My Obligation to My Client not the Process- with
  • Fiona Tregonning  &  Michael Greenop and Mike Heron QC & Kate Wevers with chair Hon. Sally Fitzgerald
  • Film: The Quiet Triumph:  How Arbitration Changed the World (Popcorn  supplied!)

Keep watching this space as details about the programme are finalised.