I am a person approved by the Retirement Commissioner under section 58 of the Retirement Villages Act 2003 to be appointed as a disputes panelist to adjudicate on disputes between retirement village operators and residents, or between residents.
Adjudication is a quasi-judicial process involving a formal hearing to resolve an application, allegation or dispute, following which a finding is made by the adjudicator as to the facts and a ruling made as to the legal consequences resulting from the finding.
My qualifications and experience as an adjudicator
I was a court lawyer for 30 years and so am well versed with judicial procedures.
I have for a period of more than 20 years adjudicated mental health, international education, retirement village and professional applications, complaints and disputes.
This work has been undertaken as a result of appointments by successive Ministers of Health, Secretaries of Education, the Retirement Commissioner, the Law Society and the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ.