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John Green - FDR Centre Founder and Director

I have specialised in the design and delivery of fully administered dispute resolution services for 26 years, as mediator, adjudicator or arbitrator, in well over 1160 cases. I have always been extremely passionate about designing and providing alternative dispute resolutions processes that are fair, robust and accessible to everyone - the launch of the FDR Centre is no exception.

I established the FDR Centre in response to government reforms in 2014, which changed the way parents and guardians are required to manage care and contact arrangements for children.

I very much support the government’s objective of helping families to self-resolve family disputes by mediation, instead of forcing people through the stressful and often lengthy court process. This way, parent and guardians get to make decisions about their children, rather than a judge who doesn’t know the family members at all. FDR mediation also allows people to gain skills and confidence to resolve any future problems. 

The FDR Centre has now evolved from offering just FDR mediation and counselling services to include more general family services. We saw a growing need for a wider offering of services outside of Care and Contact of children disputes, as there are so many challenges and conflicts that can affect families these days.

We have also established specialist Family Law services to help with Relationship Property disputes and Trust, Will & Estate disputes. We hope that we can cover all bases for our clients, given that no family dispute is ever the same.

My dedicated team and I are available to assist you and your family through what can be a challenging time, so please give us a call or explore this website further.

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John Green is a respected leader in Dispute Resolution in NZ. He is the founder and director of New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC), the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC) and also the Building Disputes Tribunal. He is also a former President of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ) and was appointed as a Weathertight Homes Resolution Service mediator and adjudicator in 2003 and held that office until 2012.

He was appointed to the Retirement Villages Dispute Panel in 2006 and is a member of the NSW Government Adjudication Research and Reporting Unit Advisory Panel, and a LEADR accredited panel member.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), a Fellow Arb/Med of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc, and Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

John is the author of numerous papers and articles on dispute resolution. He is also the Editor of BuildLaw® and ReSolution® and the author of Thomson Reuters ‘The Leaky Building Crisis: Understanding the Issues’ - Part 4 Dispute Resolution Options and ‘Unit Titles Manual’ – Chapter 14 Dispute Resolution'.

For more information on John, please see his LinkedIn profile.