The FDR Centre was established in 2013 as a specialist centre for providing a full range of private dispute resolution and conflict management services for all types of family and relationship disputes. We provide a holistic wrap-around service that includes everything from Family Law Arbitration, Mediation and Arb-Med for relationship property, trusts, wills, and estates disputes to FDR Mediation (including child inclusive mediation), conflict and communication coaching, and counselling. Our aim is to achieve positive and lasting outcomes for parents and guardians, children and other family/whānau members – all without stepping foot in the expensive, public arena of a court.
As part of our services, we strive to foster and participate in discussions and positive debate concerning all matters relating to the effective resolution of family and relationship disputes. This blog helps us to do so. We hope you enjoy the content.
Where does Father's Day originate from? In New Zealand we have celebrated Father's Day since at least 1929 when it was first observed in a service at St Matthews Church in Auckland, following the tradition of a Mother's Day service which had already been established....read more
Congratulations to FDR Centre Panellist, Tom Stodulka, who was named Mediator of the Year at the prestigious Australasian Law Awards earlier this year. Tom was one of eight finalists from throughout Australia who were nominated for the Resolution Institute- Mediator...read more
Ten years of litigation says private dispute resolution for relationship property disputes is a smart option
In a judgment released yesterday the Supreme Court in Scott v Williams  NZSC 80 [25 July 2019], dismissed an application by Ms Scott for an extension of time for applying for leave to appeal against two earlier costs judgments. There is nothing particularly...read more
This week Justice Minister Andrew Little tabled the Law Commission’s final report on its review of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (the Act). The Act sets out how relationship property should be divided when a relationship ends by separation or death. The report...read more
Yesterday, we at the FDR Centre were delighted to co-host with NZDRC two sessions with Kathryn Berkett learning all about the neuroscience behind conflict. Sounds complicated? Luckily Kathryn is absolutely brilliant at communicating the science in a completely...read more
Yesterday the Minister of Justice, Hon. Andrew Little, released the much-awaited report by the Independent Panel established to consider the 2014 family justice reforms. The Panel, headed by former Human Rights Commissioner, Ros Noonan, and comprising...read more
Disputes over inheritance and division of relationship property leave parties reeling and broke and the public entertained at their expense The late William (Bill) Walker took over farming his parents’ farm, Hazeldale, in 1950. He developed it into a much...read more
Rangi - Rua (Of - Two Minds) The FDR Centre is honoured and delighted to announce that one of our Senior FDR Mediators, Ngarongo Ormsby (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui & Ngāti Ranginui), has recently graduated from Te Whare Wānanga ō Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne with a...read more
By Catherine Green, Executive Director FDR Centre Since early 2015, the FDR Centre has been offering child inclusive FDR Mediation, where children have the opportunity to share their views with a Child Inclusion Specialist, who attends the mediation in the...read more
By Nicola Hartfield Nicola Hartfield, mediator and workplace mentor, discusses how anger influences certain personality types and the importance of understanding and managing anger to better engage with clients in stressful situations. While engagement and...read more