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Monday, 06 January 2020 16:50

2019 Michael Klug award to Wayne Marriott

Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding alum Wayne Marriott to be honoured for New Zealand peacebuilding work. By Randi B. Hagi New Zealand-based peacebuilder Wayne Marriott has been recognized as the Resolution Institute Michael Klug Awardee for 2019. He is a 2018 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and…
Thursday, 09 May 2019 18:25

Why do we need to welcome our neighbour?

This initiative has its roots in aspirations toward a diverse and inclusive society. It has been developed by local Christchurch peacebuilder, Wayne Marriott. The strategy is not so much about selling signs to people. Moreover, it is about generating a conversation we need to have as a society about celebrating…
Welcoming neighbourhood message set to spread across Christchurch As a Christchurch born and bred peace-builder, I have a simple message for Cantabrians. “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbour.” I have recently returned from the United States where I studied conflict transformation and peace-building at the Eastern…
Monday, 05 February 2018 19:00

Peacebuilder neutrality - Paramount

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana (1906). p.284 Why is humanity intolerant of sociological differences? Why do Governments continue to ‘fight fire with fire’? How do peacebuilders damage the notion of neutrality when they engage in activism in support of movements that demand…
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 13:09

Eight things not to talk about at work

"You must know where the line is and be careful not to cross it, because once you share something, there is no going back.” Dr. Travis Bradberry Sharing aspects of yourself to your work mates is an important part of developing relationships and can add to your sense of enjoyment…
Monday, 16 January 2017 19:32

Being happy at work is important

We all deserve a positive work environment, a place where we can enjoy our work for a job well done. When handled constructively, conflict is a normal and useful part of life. If left unresolved people may not feel their workplace is positive. It will lead to low morale and…
Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:47

Starting a Masters degree at age 51.

51 years old and studying toward a Master of Arts, Conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia United States. In the Fall of 2016 (Northern hemisphere Autumn, September), I entered the master's program in conflict transformation. During this period, I completed 10/42 unit points of the degree. The programme prepares…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 19:24

Meme: A new week for mindful success.

From Ellen Langer (January 2016 Mindfulness is a path to conflict competence. Ellen Langer poses: Is there a colleague with whom you have a strained working relationship? If, by chance, you are some kind of work superhero who just answered “no” to that question, is there at least someone…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 18:03

Meme: Tough week?

Be kind to yourself! Tough days end and new ones start. Being strong can simply be a matter of choice.
Sunday, 03 July 2016 18:01

Conflict Coaching

We all deserve a positive work environment, a place where we can enjoy our work for a job well done. When handled constructively, conflict is a normal and useful part of life. If left unresolved people may not feel their workplace is positive. It will lead to low morale and…
Monday, 27 June 2016 21:20

Meme: Peace by Piece

Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:19

Quote - Howard Zehr.

Monday, 01 February 2016 11:53

Quote - Andre Trocme.

Andre Trocme (7 April 1901, Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont - 5 June 1971, Geneva) was a pastor in the French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. He was a pacifist and during World War Two he and his protestant Huguenot congregation defied the Vichy Government and their Nazi invaders by saving French jews from arrest…
Shared values - paramount on and off the field. Sport is an essential component in every community. Sporting endeavor has throughout the ages been an expression of our culture. Where the alternative to fair play is more gladiatorial (where winning is survival) sports people and spectators alike share high expectations…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 20:29

Love Thy Neighbour.

Most people don’t want to live in the pockets of our neighbours, but these days of high density urban living can mean we can be easily rattled by things that happen over the fence and down the road. Even in well-connected neighbourhoods, tensions can heat up over simple things that…
Sunday, 17 January 2016 16:20

The customer is always right. Right?

Managing challenging relationships - tips for great communication. Our customers often challenge us to comply with some warped sense of expectation. Maybe we created this expectation or maybe they are MAD. Whatever the cause, the resulting conflict can damage relationships and reduce productivity.
Monday, 11 January 2016 13:41

Rethinking our peace building practice.

Have you ever wondered why you are engaged in peace building? Many peace builders (especially the self-employed folk) reach that cross road of ‘what next?’ Which road should we take?’ If you’re like me you’ll be searching for a route that will provide the most fulfilling (and hopefully successful) journey.…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 14:09

Olive Branch - symbolism of peace and friendship.

Why do Fleetwood Peace Builders use the olive branch logo? The first Olympics were held in 776BC. The first Olympic torch was a burning olive branch. Olympic winners were awarded a crown woven from olive branches to symbolise peace and a truce of any hostility. It continues to be seen…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 13:59

Quote - Richard Feynman.

Richard Feynman was a scientist. He said that Quantum Electrodynamics was found in all things. Although a ember of the Manhattan Project in World War Two, he was deeply affected by the devastation caused by the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Later in his career he was involved in the…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 12:07

Merry Christmas.

My Christmas wish to all - be kind to yourself. It seems that everyone goes mad as we approach the Christmas holiday period. We imagine some kind of finish line - situated at about 3pm on Christmas eve and we say to ourselves, "The race is not complete nor the…
Organisational conflict coaching: Informal, independent, neutral conflict management and dispute resolution “The Organisational Ombudsman is like a smoke-watcher, if we see signs of smoke we will investigate and, if there is a fire we will make recommendations on putting it out and preventing future fires in that area. No one…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:35

Safe practice for mediators and conflict coaches.

Regardless of the jurisdiction we work in, the risk of violence against mediators and conflict coaches is real. Some environments pose greater risk than others. Nevertheless, it’s time to take stock of our management of risk. Violence comes in a variety of forms and severity and sometimes so swiftly our…
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 18:26

New Website.

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  • Very impressed, well done. Very happy with outcome. 

    - Facilitation

  • Not an easy experience but very worthwhile. Thank you.

    - Restorative Justice

  • My thanks go to both of you for taking on this very unhappy situation and guiding all concerned to agreeing an outcome which will allow us to move forward.

    - Co-mediation

  • It was very practical and helpful. I have used the techniques when dealing with staff.

    - Leadership Coaching

  • We appreciate the hard work you put in to our staff at our factory. We see the positive results regularly.

    - Assisted negotiation

  • I learnt a heck of a lot from Wayne about Mediation and communication and I remain very appreciative.

    - Training

  • Wayne and his team of mediators provide a much needed and high quality service for the evolving employment landscape in New Zealand.

    - Mediation Services

  • "a“Wayne found ways to connect with people who had no faith that their problems or disputes could be aided by Mediation.

    - Process Design