Important COVID-19 Update

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These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. We also want to reassure you that we continue to be fully operational and that we will continue to provide our full suite of dispute resolution services during this time.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, this is in many ways business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our case management staff, mediators, arbitrators, and other dispute resolution practitioners are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

We have developed a range of FAQs for FDR Mediation which cover the questions we are being asked most often – read them here. These have been updated to include guidelines for shared care under Alert Level 3. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

Elder Mediation

Family and relationship conflicts often arise around elder issues, for instance, care arrangements, housing, health and financial issues. Elder mediation can help you and your loved ones work through these times of conflict to make an effective plan to deal with any such issues in a safe, effective, and respectful manner.

Specific issues often arise with elder disputes which typically involve multiple parties and multiple issues, and are frequently inter-generational. This requires a mediator who is specifically skilled and experienced to meet the needs of the parties to these types of dispute. Our mediators who provide elder mediation services are experienced and trained in dealing with those situations of conflict which often arise for our elder community.

Parties to disputes concerning elder issues may also want to consider using our counselling and/or conflict and communication coaching services. These can be used before, during, or after elder mediation.

To proceed you simply need to make an application for General Mediation.

By 2051, there will be over 1.14 million people aged 65 years and over in New Zealand.

Our mediator was the voice of reason for allof us. She understood the situation perfectly and was brilliant at helping us all reach a happy agreement.

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