Important COVID-19 Update


These are certainly challenging times for us all.

We are committed to doing everything we can to prioritise the wellbeing of our people, those who use our services and their representatives and the communities we serve to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, our people will begin working remotely from today, Monday 23 March.

Having well developed online dispute resolution options, it will in many ways be business as usual for us as we focus on providing a seamless service, regardless of where our Registry staff, arbitrators, mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners are working.

We know you are working through similar challenges to ours and that these are uncertain times for everyone. From all of us here we send our thoughts to you, your teams and families.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance to you and we will keep you informed with any further updates.

Today the international Building the Southern Link Conference is taking place in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Southern Link Project proposes the development of new trade and travel routes between China, New Zealand and South America, in particular Argentina and Chile.

The conference organisers have identified that the Southern Link across New Zealand is the quickest and most convenient route between China and South America, offering new opportunities to boost trade and travel in both directions.

The conference is not designed to be a one-off event. Rather, today’s event marks a key date in what we believe will be a fruitful and ongoing relationship across the Trans-Pacific region.

In attendance and representing NZIAC will be John Green and Natalia Vila. Please do feel free to catch up with them during the day if you are also attending.

NZIAC has long seen New Zealand’s role in the Trans-Pacific as an important one, particularly in terms of providing neutral and independent commercial dispute resolution services for those doing business in the region. We provide an effective forum for the settlement of international trade, commerce, investment, and cross-border disputes in the Trans-Pacific region.

NZIAC offers fully administered dispute resolution processes, including arbitration, mediation, and arb-med, and maintains panels of arbitrators and mediators who are recognised and respected globally as leaders in international dispute resolution.

The four key objectives of NZIAC are:

  • to support and facilitate the growth and development of international dispute resolution in the Trans-Pacific Region;
  • to promote and underpin trade, investment, and sustainable economic development and growth in the Trans-Pacific Region;
  • to provide an effective and certain forum for the settlement of international trade, commerce, investment, and cross-border disputes in the Trans-Pacific Region; and
  • to promote New Zealand as a fair, safe and neutral regional hub for international dispute resolution and seat for international arbitration in the Trans-Pacific Region.

NZIAC is a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG).