Nicola Hartfield

FDR Mediation | Preparation for Mediation | General Mediation | Elder Mediation

Nicola’s experience in family issues is extensive. It began in 1986 as a hospital based social worker working with children and their families. Throughout the past 31 years Nicola has held contracts providing Specialist Reports for the Family Court (2002-2007), chairing the Napier Care and Protection Resource Panel (2005-2009), providing Applicant and Respondent domestic violence programme, Family Court counselling and family dispute mediation.

Her experience covers every aspect of family life; step family integration, same-sex relationships, how separation affects children, adult grief and readjustment, addiction, care and protection, guardianship issues, relationship property and child care arrangements.

She is a Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of NZ (FAMINZ/ Med) and Fellow of Resolution Institute (resigned 2018). She sits on the AMINZ Panel of Mediators, FDR and Elder list of mediators and the Police Complaints Authority list.

Nicola is the Inaugural Recipient of the Anne Edge Memorial Award for Excellence in Fellowship Mediation in 2014 and was named by the National Business Review (July 2014) as being in the top 10 family mediators in New Zealand.

She has been a contract teacher for the Massey University Dispute Resolution Centre and has presented at Bond University Queensland, Sydney University, University of New South Wales, Willamette University Salem and Oregan University as well as for Law Society New South Wales and Catholic Commission for Employment Relations in Sydney, for the American Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and for World Mediation Organisation in Thailand and India on various aspects of mediation, workplace issues and family disputes.

BSW | PGDipBus (Dispute Resolution) | FAMINZ
Languages: English and Māori
Areas of Expertise:
  • Adolescent/Teenage Issues
  • Adult Family and Elder Care
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Extended Family Issues
  • Gender Issues
  • Grief
  • Illness and Disabilities
  • Loss and Anger
  • Multi-Cultural Relationships
  • Multi-Generational Issues
  • Parenting/Care and Contact Issues
  • Relocation
  • Re-Partnered/Blended Family Issues
  • Separation
Experience with specific cultural, religious, ethnic, or gender groups:
  • Catholic
  • Gay
  • Indian
  • Lesbian
  • Māori
  • Pentecostal
  • Protestant