The independent report Te Taniwha I Te Ao Ture-ā-Whānau released this week which outlines the experiences of 36 people through the family court process is not dissimilar from the findings in Te Korowai Ture ā-Whānau, written by the Independent Panel who examined the 2014 family justice reforms in May 2019.
The Family Dispute Resolution Act 2013 is New Zealand’s first alternative dispute resolution (ADR) statute establishing a framework for the accreditation of specialist family mediators. It also foreshadows a time when families will be required to attempt ADR before filing Court applications.
The arrival of winter signals the seasonal adjustment to our routines. Add to this the fall out and resounding economic uncertainty COVID-19 has delivered there is no doubt Winter 2020 will test our mental resilience, our empathy and our compassion, in ways we may not have experienced before.
As mediators we meet people when they are stuck in challenging situations which stretch their ability to be patient, reasonable and empathetic. Our role as mediators is to design processes which facilitate their capacity to participate in mediation and in this way to provide the opportunity for them to move forward.
At FairWay, the wellbeing of our people and customers is a priority for us so we are continuing to closely monitor the official guidance around COVID-19.
Alert Level 2
At Alert Level 2, businesses are encouraged to use alternative ways of working if possible, so many of our FairWay team members will continue working home. Others will begin returning to the office from Monday 18 May.