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Advanced Lawyer for Child 2022

Advanced Lawyer for Child 2022
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From the Chair

Tēnā koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. It is with much excitement that I present the programme for our Advanced Lawyer for Child Intensive. This event was last convened four years ago, and the opportunity to gather in person to collaborate, upskill and socialise, will be eagerly embraced I am sure. The role of Lawyer for Child must evolve and develop in tune with cultural practices, societal changes, political developments, and more. There is much to discuss after four years; expectations and pressures have increased, and COVID-19 has resulted in many in our position feeling as if they are having to fulfil the role in increasing isolation. It is crucial we stay abreast of the constant changes and this intensive ensures you are brought up to date with developments and are equipped to improve and strengthen your skill set. It will also provide a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from throughout the country, gain increased expertise in meeting with children, strive to do more in the area of cultural competency, be guided to better protect children’s interests when a relationship with both parents appears to be impossible to secure, and so much more. I believe we have secured the best possible presenters for you and look forward with much anticipation to sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you all on the day.

Ngā manaakitanga

Chair: Susie Houghton

Programme outline

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  • The Te Ao Mārama Model for the District Court - implications for family lawyers
  • Child Participation Review - challenge your thinking
  • Talking to Children
  • Specialised Therapy to Shift the Resist/Refuse Dynamic
  • Approaches to Resist/Refuse Dynamic
  • A Quickfire Update on Important and Emerging Caselaw Impacting Our Role
  • How We Can Keep Ourselves Sane and Happy
  • Matariki Hunga Nui: Wānanga Tikanga, Tiriti, Tamariki
  • Effective Advocacy for Children and Young Persons Caught Up in the Oranga Tamariki Act

Learning objectives

In this intensive you will be:

  • Provided with the latest developments to challenge your own best practice model.
  • Guided by experts to increase your expertise and skill set.

Who should attend

All experienced Lawyers for Child who want to be updated on the latest developments and trends to take your practice to the next level.


  • Chair: Susie Houghton, North Shore Legal Chambers, Auckland
  • Alex Ashmore, Ponsonby Chambers, Auckland
  • Dr Sarah Calvert, Waikato University, Auckland
  • Pip Cobcroft, St Marys Chambers, Auckland
  • Vivienne Crawshaw QC, Hobson Chambers, Auckland
  • Catherine Cull, Barrister Sole, Kaikohe
  • His Honour Judge Alan Goodwin, District Court, Manukau
  • Dr Deb Inder, Inder Family Law, Wanaka
  • His Honour Judge Antony Mahon, Family Court, Manukau
  • Corin Merrick, Matariki Chambers, Auckland
  • Her Honour Judge Jacquelyn Moran, Principal Family Court Judge, Wellington
  • Dr Louise Smith, Clinical Psychologist, Dunedin
  • Catherine Townsend, St Marys Chambers, Auckland
  • April Trenberth, Clinical Psychologist, Auckland


  • 8.00am - Registration
  • 8.30am Sessions start
  • 5.00pm Sessions end
  • Note: Live Web Stream registrations close 3pm Thursday 23 June


Please indicate your selection upon registration:
  • Hard Copy - Your book will be given to you when you register on the day* - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and you can collect the hard copy book when you register on the day*  - additional $30 charge

*Live web stream attendees - if you select hard copy or both - your book will be couriered to you.

Fee (incl GST)


Earlybird - by 31 May 2022
  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Registration - after 31 May 2022

  • $745 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $805 - Non-members

Live Web Stream

Earlybird - by 31 May 2022
  • $675

Registration - after 31 May 2022
  • $725

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Wellington 27 June
Live Web Stream 27 June
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.

Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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Advanced Lawyer for Child - Wellington

27 June - Intercontinental Wellington

NZ $805.00
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0800 333 111

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04 472 7837
Level 4, 17-21 Whitmore Street
Wellington 6011

DX SP 20202
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand