Keith Huntington

Present Position

Principal of Dispute Settlement Associates; and also of Ecorate Ltd t/as Toomath Irvine Huntington - Architects

Professional Experience

First became involved with arbitration and ADR while studying for my United Kingdom architectural registration in 1975/76. Began my architectural carrer with a Ministry of Works bursary and worked in Europe for 3 years after gaining my N.Z. architectural registration in 1973. Formed Dispute Settlement Associates Ltd in 2001 from my previous dispute resolution experience.


1991-2004: A Non-Crown Tenancymediatorunder the Residential Tenancy Act 1986. 2003-08: Mediator for the Dept of Internal Affairs Weathertight Homes Resolution Service. 1992: Founding member of the AMINZ "Mediation & Conciliation Panel". 1999: Admitted to the LEADR Register of Mediators. Member of the LEADR(NZ) Panel of Advanced Mediators. 2001: Appointed to the Dept of Courts' Ministerial Working Party on Civil Court Fees. Various roles within AMINZ and the AWellington Branch of the NZ Institute of Architects. 1983-89: Member of the Board of Governors of Welllington East Girls College. 1997-1999: Executive Secretary/Treasurer for the NZ Society of Potters.


Presentations on mediation for the NZIA national CPD programme. Essay "Forward - To The New Basics" published in the New Zealand Planning Councilo's booklet "Curriculum: Core or Corset",1991.

Speciality Areas

Mediation, Facilitation and Conflict Management in the Commercial and Construction sectors. Construction Contracts Act 2002 Adjudication.


B.Arch; Dip.Urb.Val.; Dip.Bus.Stud. (Disp.Res.); FAMINZ(Med); FNZIA; LEADR

EQC Mediation Profile

Keith Huntington has been involved in commercial mediation since the late 1980s. He is a Mediation Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand Inc. (AMINZ), and included on AMINZs Mediator Panel, and the Construction Contracts Act 2002 Adjudication Panel. Keith is also a member of LEADR NZ Inc (Association of Dispute Resolvers) and included on their Mediator Panel. From 1991 to 2004 Keith was a non-crown Tenancy Mediator, and in 2003 an original mediator for the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service. In both these roles the mediations mostly involved dealing with a private citizen and an organisation, and often the interpersonal relationships were more delicate than in the resolution of straight business disagreements. Keith is a Registered Architect and so has background building knowledge that is useful in teasing out facts, while always being fully aware not to give advice or assistance. Often the Parties have been unaware of this background