Fiona Mackenzie

Present Position

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.

Professional Experience

(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

Speciality Areas

Family law

Parenting Disputes

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

Elder disputes


LLB (Hons) University of Otago, LLM, University of Victoria, PhD University of Otago