Nicola Hartfield

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

Nicola’s experience in family issues began in 1986 as a hospital based social worker working with children and their families.

Throughout the past 36 years Nicola has held contracts providing specialist reports for the Family Court, chairing care and protection panels, providing domestic violence programme, and family dispute mediation. Her experience covers every aspect of family life; stepfamily integration, same-sex relationships, how separation affects children, adult grief and readjustment, addiction, care and protection, guardianship issues, voice of child reports, childcare arrangements and elder care.

She is a Fellow of both the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of NZ (AMNZ) and of Resolution Institute. She is a NMAS (Australia) accredited mediator. She sits on the AMINZ Panel of Mediators, FDR list and complaints committee. Nicola is the inaugural recipient of the Anne Edge Memorial Award for excellence in Fellowship Mediation and was named by the National Business Review (July 2014) as being in the top 10 family mediators in New Zealand. Alongside her mediation work, Nicola teaches the AMINZ mediation 5-day programme throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Nicola lives in Whanganui and mediates face-to-face around the central and south of the North Island, and online throughout NZ and overseas.

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
  • Samoan
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