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Family Law Conference 2017

Family Law Conference 2017
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From the Chair

This Conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Family Law Section. As the inaugural Chair of that Section, I have been invited to chair this conference programme and steer your all through two days of education and collegiality.

The NZLS CLE Family Law Conference is my favourite conference. I always learn far more than I expect, I relish the chance to catch up with colleagues from around the country, and I always return to practice slightly sleep deprived, a little hoarse, but with plenty of new ideas and friendships to sustain me in this sometimes difficult profession. This conference planning group has worked hard to ensure that the 2017 conference in Rotorua delivers a varied and challenging programme. You told us in your feedback that you wanted to have the conference in a different city so we are looking forward to welcoming you to Rotorua - centrally situated in a vibrant and beautiful part of our country. Our colleagues in the Bay of Plenty are keen to show us just why they love living and working in this place. By timing the conference just before Labour weekend, there is plenty of time to enjoy what the Bay of Plenty has to offer once the conference is over.

A lot has happened in our profession in the 20 years since the Section was launched. Come to this conference and reflect on all the changes that have occurred over those 20 years. Take the opportunity to recharge your batteries and refocus on the future. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Chair: Margaret Casey QC

Learning objectives

In this conference you will be:

  • Updated on the topical issues, legislation and case law.
  • Able to apply this knowledge in your practice.

Programme outline

Download the conference brochure for a full outline of each session
Pre-Conference Workshop - 18 October
1.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Advocacy - not just in the courtroom - This advocacy workshop is aimed at practitioners in their first two years of practice and who are unlikely to have run any kind of defended hearing, other than perhaps a half day domestic violence matter.
5.30pm -  Mihi Whakatau
6.00pm - 7.00pm - Family Law Section welcome drinks
Day 1: 19 October 
8.15am -  Registration
9.00am - 5.00pm - Conference Sessions
  • Keynote address 
  • Children's Commissioner
  • Dynamic and complex family lives: Results from the Dunedin Study’s Next Generation Project
  • Breakout session 1: 
    - Section 21 agreements – once bitten, twice (thrice) shy?
    - Capacity and PPPR/EPA changes
    - Drugs and Alcohol - what you need to know
  • FLS Update
  • Breakout session 2: 
    - Trusts litigation
    - Lawyer for Child - know your role
    - Mental Health Changes
  • High conflict shared-time parenting after separation - research insights
7.00pm - Pre-dinner drinks
7.30pm - 12.00am - Conference dinner and dance - theme: one night in Vegas
Day 2: 20 October 
8.45am - 4.00pm - Conference Sessions
  • Property (Relationships) Act 1976 review
  • Trusts & Relationship Property
  • Ministry for Vulnerable Children - Oranga Tamariki
  • Responding to the perpetrators of family violence
  • Breakout session 3: 
    - What to do with parental hatred?
    - The changing landscape of adoption applications - what this means for both applicants & children
    - Acting for the Transgender client - legal issues & options
  • I'll be watching you
  • Keynote Closing Address: Tikanga in the Family Court

Who should attend

All family practitioners.

Live Web Stream

This conference is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm 18 October 2017.
The most popular breakout session options will be live streamed


A booklet of papers will be given to participants when they register on the morning of the Conference.  Live Web Stream attendees will be sent their booklet in advance.


About 15 min walk to conference venue
Quest Rotorua Central, Studio King Single Room $179 (incl GST)
Quest Rotorua Central, One Bedroom King Single Room $199 (incl GST)
Ibis Hotel, City View Room $189 (incl GST)
Novotel Rotorua, City View Room (only available 19 Oct) $259 (incl GST)
To secure accommodation at these rates and make your travel arrangements contact:
Louise Living at Travel Managers - Email: louise.living@travelmanagers.co.nz Phone: 04 978 2328

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 19 September 2017
  • $1,185 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • ​$1,285 - Non-members

Registration after 19 September 2017

  • $1,235 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $1,335 - Non-members

Pre-Conference Workshop

  • $195

Additional Dinner Guests

  • $140

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 19 September 2017
  • $1,025

Registration after 19 September 2017

  • $1,075

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Download full brochure and a registration form here.
Pre-Conference Workshop 18 October
Rotorua 19 - 20 October
Live Web Stream 19 - 20 October
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $200 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration to another person until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.

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