About Chris Rowe BA, Grad Dip Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) FAMINZ (Mediation)
One of the important matters to consider with any choice of Mediator, Employment Investigator, or Employment Advisor is this: Is this person the ‘right fit’ for our needs?
The following information might help you decide.
Chris is specifically credentialled and highly experienced in the range of work generally described as “dispute resolution.”
Every day in her professional practice, Chris is involved to some degree in assisting clients or parties to sort out interpersonal problems in the workplace or elsewhere.
Chris is focused on conflict avoidance, assisting her employer clients to develop awareness and processes to avoid disputes occurring or escalating. Chris writes on the subject, and is a regular speaker to groups.
Chris values her rural upbringing in New Zealand, and after many years working in Wellington and internationally, enjoys her semi-rural base in the Auckland region where since 1995 she has combined professional services for rural and city clients, in both the private and public sectors.
In addition to her professional practice, Chris has always contributed to community and not-for-profit organisations. This has included governance responsibilities with Rodney Women’s Refuge for 13 years; and two terms on the Council of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ).
She has been a Justice of the Peace since 2001; and has served for many years as a Community Representative on the MSD Benefits Review Committee.
Chris has been a Lay Member of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal since its inception in 2008.
This combination of professional and community responsibilities exposes Chris to a range of complex and challenging situations which, she finds, continually hones her competencies in the general field of dispute resolution.
Following completion of her first degree in languages, Chris spent seven years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including a 4 year posting in Kuala Lumpur as Third Secretary.
She then spent another seven years in the State Services Commission in a range of roles including Inspector of overseas posts, which required regular overseas travel to assess conditions of service for New Zealanders posted overseas.
Her subsequent role as Graduate Liaison Officer involved selection of new graduates from New Zealand universities for public service departments. Over subsequent years she has enjoyed seeing many of these recruits rise to important senior roles in the public service and elsewhere.
Chris resigned from the public service to buy her own business in Wellington in 1985, where she satisfied her creative drive to own and operate a clothing boutique. Chris credits this experience as her key learning about running a successful business.
When she returned to corporate life it was to specialize in employment relations, first as a Human Resources Manager for a New Zealand corporate, later as an employment consultant with Deloitte in Melbourne, and then through the business Corporate Dynamics Ltd which she built with her partner from 1990. Corporate Dynamics remains the business vehicle for Chris’ professional practice today.
Since returning to New Zealand in 1995, Chris returned to study and completed her Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution), and, following a further series of examinations and practical experience, was admitted as a Fellow Mediation of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). This study has consolidated the extensive international experience Chris has had in the fields of negotiation, facilitation, conflict management and mediation.
Chris retains her creative passions for dressmaking and music, is an avid reader, and relaxes further by taking daily coastal walks in the coastal community which has become her haven.