Robert Shaw

Present Position

Mediator - family & commercial

Professional Experience

Robert is an experienced dispute resolution practiioner and counsellor.

He has worked in private and pubic sectors as a manager and on governance boards.

He held university postions in New Zealand and overseas.

For 18 years he was an elected city and regional counsellor.

At present, his focus is mediation and counselling throughout New Zealand.

Career Summary

Robert has worked at:

  • Family Works Taranaki (Presbyterian Support Central)
  • Victorial University of Wellington
  • Claremont Teachers College
  • The University of Southern Queensland
  • The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
  • Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Porirua City Council (elected member)
  • Wellington Regional Council (elected member)
  • Ecological Research Associates of New Zealand
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki


His current appointments include:

  • Institute of Educational and Develomental Psychologists (executive member)
  • Society of Counselling Psychology
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
  • New Zealand Psychological Society
  • The Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board
  • Corporate Body Devonport Apartments (chariperson)
  • Justice of the Peace for New Zealand


Dr Shaw has over 100 publications.

Personal Summary

Dr Robert Shaw works throughout New Zealand as a mediator in a wide range of disputes.



Dr Robert Shaw is a disputes resolution practioner.

At Taranaki Family Works (Presbyterian Support Central) he provides counselling to clients referred by agencies such as the Ministry for Children, Ministry of Justice, Police, schools, district health boards, and medical practitioners.

Dr Shaw is a Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society, an affiliate of the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand, and is a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He qualified as a Commissioner for resource management hearings. He is an accredited Justice of the Peace.


Speciality Areas

Commercial mediation

Local government & RMA disputes

Employment disputes

Family conflict

Family Dispute Resolution


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