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We asked four different professionals to share their opinions on whether the breakdown of the family is a legal or social matter.

Kate Lash

Kate has a background in family law, is an accredited lawyer for child and FDR provider.

In New Zealand, we all know that we have unacceptably high child abuse rates, family violence rates, suicide rates and incarceration rates. There can be no doubt that families are suffering.  Are broken.

FairWay Resolution Anne Scragg Scholarship – 2018 Winner  

The 2018 winner of the FairWay Resolution Anne Scragg Scholarship is Te Reo O Te Omeka Hau (Ngati Te Rino hapu of Ngapuhi).

Te Reo is an accredited mediator with a passion for resolving disputes through culturally appropriate processes. Based in Northland at Te Aroha Marae in Parakao Mangakahia , Te Reo is currently completing his Masters and his thesis explores how Kaupapa Māori principles are reflected in the current practices of mediators in Aotearoa.

Written by Te Reo O Te Omeka Hau, winner of the FairWay Resolution Anne Scragg Scholarship 2018

He aha te mea nui o tēnei ao

Maku e ki atu

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the greatest thing of this world?

And I will reply

It is people, it is people, it is people

Written by Denise Evans

A few weeks ago, I spent the afternoon driving around the Coromandel with an exponent of kickboxing. My friend is a very kind, gentle woman who is married to a kickboxing instructor. As she talked, I found myself seeing the analogy between the process used to teach kickboxing and the skills we need to learn as mediators.

Written by Keri Morris for LawTalk

FairWay’s Family Dispute Resolution team share some advice to support separated families through the Christmas and summer holiday period.

For some separated families, December and January are often difficult periods to navigate.

Reflecting on Thanksgiving, Abby Goldstein shares her viewpoint on lessons from the American labour movement. Abby is FairWay’s Marketing and Design Advisor. She is originally from the United States and has been in New Zealand for a little over two and a half years.  

Written by Denise Evans

This Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. The world is a very different place today to 1918 when an armistice agreement famously called an end to fighting at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. While 100 years have since passed, conflict continues to ravage today’s world. On the world stage, many nations are dealing with conflict, both domestically and internationally.

Written by Jennifer Mahony – Client Director