Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Welcome to our 2019 conference with its very appropriate theme, Facing the Future.   I, along with Canterbury members, hope to see you in Christchurch, where conference returns for the first time in 9 years.

The conference aims to stimulate, challenge and educate. This year’s programme builds on the popular sector meetings, which will deal with issues like growing work in each of the market sectors, plenary sessions, concurrent determinative and consensual streams and discussion groups.  There is plenty for everyone, with local and international speakers aplenty.  The programme is again remarkable for the topics that are offered and the quality of the presenters.

As always, the programme includes exceptional networking opportunities from the newbies event for anyone new to conference to the gala dinner and much else in between.

This year conference will provide an opportunity to farewell our long-serving executive director, Deborah Hart as she leaves us after conference.  Planning is well under way for a special farewell at conference.

I hope to see you in Christchurch!

Mā te wā

Royden Hindle
AMINZ President


I would like to welcome everyone to Christchurch, and to this year’s Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Conference.

The theme of this year’s conference – Facing the Future – is an important one. No matter what field we are in, we all need to start thinking about the impacts advancing technology and our rapidly changing world will have on our work, and how we can adapt to these changes. I know your industry will face its own unique opportunities and challenges, and I’m sure this year’s presenters will provide valuable insights and inspiration as you consider the future of arbitration and mediation.

I would also like to take this chance to thank you for the work you do as AMINZ members, and acknowledge the important role you play in our justice process.

All the best with the conference!

Kind regards,

Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister


Haere mai and welcome to Christchurch and the Canterbury region. We are proud to host the 2019 Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand’s (AMINZ) Annual Conference.

I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to those of you from throughout New Zealand and further afield who are visiting to attend this conference. As the country’s largest dispute resolution organisation, the opportunity to bring together leaders and practitioners to share ideas and learn from each other is a real investment in dispute resolution.

I understand the theme for this year’s conference is “facing the future”, something that we are very aware of here in Christchurch. Playing host to these important cross-sector conversations is both a privilege and an opportunity to facilitate innovative and creative thinking in the face of our ever-changing environment. The importance of finding accessible ways to resolve disputes cannot be overstated. Christchurch has had the experience of residents left vulnerable to legal processes that were not designed for the challenges we faced.

Christchurch is New Zealand’s Garden City, however we have emerged from our experience as a city of opportunity for all – a place that is open to new ideas, new people, and new ways of doing things – a place where anything is possible.Once again, welcome to Christchurch. Whatever your interests or passions, Christchurch has something to offer. I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy our city and the wonderful Canterbury region.

Lianne Dalziel
Mayor of Christchurch