Pacific Mediation Workshop with Dr Michael Ligaliga

Date: Thursday 9th May
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
(Followed by networking BBQ)
Physical Venue: The ADR Centre, Level 2, 129 Hurstmere Road Takapuna, 0622
Programme: 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Presentation outlining ADR in New Zealand*
4:15pm – 5:15pm
Pacific ADR Workshop run by Michael Ligaliga*
5:15pm – 6:30pm
Barbeque and networking

*The workshop is hybrid so you can elect to attend via webinar if you cannot attend in person.

About this event:

The ADR Centre is hosting Pacific ADR specialist Dr Michael Ligaliga and a small group of students from the United States of America on 9th May 2024. The students are attending University in Hawaii and studying peacebuilding. Each of the participants has undertaken introductory or advanced mediation classes.

The group would like to learn more about how the role of ADR works in our space and to understand the different applications, allowing them to understand better that ADR as a practice has different applications and approaches.

Michael has graciously offered to run a workshop that will focus on how our ADR areas are approached with a Pacific lens.

This workshop will cover:
Three Pacific mediation frameworks (1) Vā framework (2) Moe framework (3) Fealofani framework (4) HIVĀ Navigation model
Learning outcomes:

  • Introduce the importance of vā or relational spaces in disputes
  • Understand the difference between “Getting to Yes” and “Getting to Harmony” in disputes
  • Understand the importance of Talanoa & Noatala (Narratives/Stories) in disputes
  • Introduce the Moe framework – invite participants to understand the concept of moe or “dreaming” in disputes
  • Introduce participants to the HIVĀ Navigation model: Pacific mediation model

We have therefore invited the group to the ADR Centre on 9th May 2024 for an educational presentation and workshop, followed by a barbeque and networking event.

Dr Michael Ligaliga

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Michael Fusi Ligaliga is a Ph.D. graduate from the National Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies. His research focus is applied Peace and Conflict theories towards understanding social issues among Pacific Island communities.

Michael has over 10 years’ experience in the mediation space. He specialises in family dispute, employment, and education disputes.

Michael is the founding Director of HIVĀ ADR that specialises in Pacific and Intercultural alternative dispute resolution processes and frameworks.



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