LEADR Scholarships 2014

The LEADR Scholarship provides for up to three New Zealand students, recent graduates, or workers in the not-for-profit / NGO sector to attend the LEADR 5 day mediation workshop valued at $3,260 (inc gst).

This could be just the opportunity for your or someone you know who has a passion for mediation and is eager to start on the pathway to becoming a qualified mediator.  

Please distribute information on the LEADR Scholarship to organisations, groups, or individuals who may be interested.


Scholarship criteria


Scholarship application form


Submit to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 May 2014



About the LEADR 5 day mediation workshop

The LEADR 5 day mediation workshop introduces participants to the theory and practical skills of mediation. It is an intensive and practical workshop facilitated by expert mediator trainers. The workshop covers different approaches to dispute resolution, the LEADR model and stages of mediation and provides participants with opportunities to practice the skills required for negotiation, facilitation and mediation. Participants receive individual feedback and coaching from practicing mediators.



Free Student membership

Student membership application form

Becoming a student member of LEADR will keep you up-to-date with current thinking on mediation. Networking opportunities will provide an opportunity to meet others who have an interest in mediation. LEADR also offers membership discounts on some training courses throughout the year.

Scan/fax the completed registration form to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enrol.

NZ Law Awards - Mediator of the Year 2013

Sponsored by LEADR, the Award recognises excellence in mediation and the commitment of the mediator to advancing the profession in New Zealand. The winners were announced at the NZ Law Awards ceremony in Auckland on 7 November:

Warren Sowerby - Winner
Mike Feely  - First runner up
Geoff Sharp - Second runner up

Congratulations to the winners and finalists on this significant achievement.

Growing our Profession 2013

LEADR's developing Mediator Initiative

Scholarship winner Chelsea Robinson (left) and Christina Tay (right)Training is the lifeblood of any organisation and LEADR NZ is committed to the development not only our more established members but also those new to the sector.

Ava Gibson, LEADR NZ CEO, says the aim is to "be first point of call for training of mediators in New Zealand, and supplier of choice for qualified, capable and effective mediators".

LEADR has a range of initiatives aimed at attracting, developing and retaining high quality professionals in the ADR field. At the same time we are working to create pathways for young professionals to develop and become known in the area.

"It's about being renowned for our leadership of the ADR sector, for giving people a sense of belonging and support and providing opportunities for experienced mediators to share their knowledge and skills. They also gain from their involvement with younger/developing members."

Ava names a number of initiatives with which LEADR does this, including internships, awards, and scholarships. The latter is a particularly key tool for ensuring people with the potential and passion for mediation are given the opportunity to be able to become qualified mediators.

This year, for the third year, LEADR NZ offered two scholarships to people who have a passion for alternative dispute resolution and are keen to set themselves on the path to becoming qualified mediators. The scholarships, which are valued at more than $3000, cover the full course fees for LEADR NZ's five-day workshop. They are open to New Zealanders currently working at a NGO or Not-for-Profit, or studying, or who have graduated in the last 12 months. 

Read more: Growing our Profession 2013

Winning New Zealand team is doubly rewarded

Media Release: 30 May 2013

LEADR Scholarship2013They may have won silver at the International Chamber of Commerce International Commercial Mediation Competition, but the Auckland University Team has now struck gold with scholarships from LEADR NZ, this country's leading dispute resolution organisation.

The scholarships will enable the four-person team to attend one of LEADR's upcoming five-day mediation workshops, to be held in Christchurch on 13 August – 17 August, Auckland on 5 November – 9 November, or Auckland in February 2014.

Read more: Winning New Zealand team is doubly rewarded

LEADR NZ and LEADR - One ADR Organisation

LEADR NZ becomes an Australasian Alternative Dispute Resolution Organisation

Media Release: 23 May 2013

LEADR NZ Chair Mark Beech announced today that LEADR NZ will integrate with LEADR, the Australasian organisation of more than 2700 members to become a Trans-Tasman entity."This move reflects the maturing of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) sector in both countries" said Mark Beech. "We operate in a globalised world – our ADR professionals will increasingly set the dispute resolution agenda domestically and in the Asia Pacific region. LEADR plays a vital role in developing skilled ADR practitioners to meet the growing preference for ADR. An integrated LEADR is the professional organisation that will support and encourage this expanding horizon."

Read more: LEADR NZ and LEADR - One ADR Organisation

Venue for Arbitration and Mediation in Auckland

If you are in Auckland and are in need of a suitable venue for arbitration, mediation, conferences, seminars or meetings, then you are in luck – LEADR NZ has recently negotiated a 10% discount on advertised rates for members.

One of the rooms – the Rakino – is also available for hourly bookings at a rate of $50 per hour, which is 50% off the usual charge. The Arbitration and Mediation Centre opened in Auckland's CBD last year. For more information, visit www.arbmedcentre.co.nz

Advertising (member-to-member)

LEADR members now have the opportunity to advertise their courses to other members in the LEADR "What's On Calendar".

View the rates, and terms and conditions of advertising below.


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International commercial mediation competition

NZ students win silver in world mediation advocacy competition

LEADR congratulates the University of Auckland team who finished second in the International Chamber of Commerce - International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris on 8-13 February 2013.

The competition, now in its eighth year, saw 66 University teams from 31 countries working with top mediators from around the world to solve complex, international business disputes.

Read article.

The winning team was Jagiellonian University of Poland.

View a You-Tube video here.