Fiona is a family lawyer of over 30 years and mediator of over 10 years. She is a principal in the law firm Mackenzie Elvin of Tauranga and heads its family law team.
(i) Member of the New Zealand Law Society Panel of Mediators - Family Specialist
(ii) Associate and panel member of AMINZ (Mediation)
(iii) Panel member of LEADR
Fiona has conducted lawyer-led mediations within the Family Court as well as private mediations with respect to parenting, relationship property and estate matters. She has conducted in excess of 100 mediations.
In addition, her role as a senior lawyer for child has included the facilitation of many round table meetings utilising mediation principles.
Fiona has worked in the elder care sector for many years addressing issues arising with respect to enduring powers of attorney, the application of the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988, residential care subsidies, acquisition of licenses to occupy with respect to retirement villages, will and estate matters relevant to the elder care sector
Fiona completed an LLM in 2009 (University of Victoria) with respect to relocation and in 2016 she completed her doctoral studies (University of Otago), also in family law. In regard to this work, she was a presenter at the International Family Law and Practice Conferences in London, 2013 and 2016.
NZLS Family Law Section Advisory Panel
Former elected member and Deputy Chair of the NZLS Family Law Section Executive Committee
Past Convenor of the Policy & Law Reform and Mediation Standing Committees
Member of panel of Counsel to Assist lawyers appointed by the Central Authority to assist in Hague Convention matters
Relocation of children
Hague convention matters
Relationship property and financial issues arising on relationship breakdown
The interface between trust law and relationship property
Family disputes arising on death
LLB (Hons) University of Otago, LLM, University of Victoria, PhD University of Otago