The Christmas break allows us time to reflect and hopefully start the New Year refreshed. With Waitangi Day almost upon us, I’d like to share a theme of my reflection over the last few months, which is the beauty and power of collaboration.
There is so much depth in this whakataukī written by Kūkupa Tirikatene
E kore e taea e te whenu kotahi ki te raranga i te whāriki kia mōhio tātou ki a tātou.
Written by Chris LaHatte, re-published with permission from his blog http://www.lahatte.lawyer/blog
My first blog post for 2021 discusses a case where my goal of tailored dispute resolution becomes clearer because of the way in which this case has obviously been a financial disaster for the parties. I have quoted the opening paragraph from President Kós from the Court of Appeal.
When someone asks about diversity in the makeup of mediators what do people think of? Gender, culture, educational background? Rightfully so, but how many people think about diversity from a generational standpoint?
Too commonly I hear the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi referred to as partnership, protection and participation. Yet various courts have recognised the principles of the Treaty to include rangatiratanga, reciprocity, partnership, active protection, options, mutual benefit, the right of development, and redress – notions which encompass a much deeper understanding of the full ambit of the principles of the Treaty.