About me

Mihimihi | Introduction

Tēnā koe. Nō Kōtirana nō Ingarani nō Ahitereiria ōku tīpuna. Ko Ngāti Pākeha te iwi. Ko Foote ko Suckling ko Crawford ko Hodgson ōku whānau. Ko Chris Foote tōku matua, i whānau mai ia ki Whanganui. Ko Marlene Suckling tōku whaea, i whānau mai ia ki Brisbane. I whānau mai au ki Brisbane ki Ahitereiria, i tipu aku au ki Vanuatu me Ahitereiria. Kei Te Whanganui-a-Tara au e noho ana. Ko Tim Foote tōku ingoa.

Hello. My ancestors are from Scotland, England, and Australia. I’m Pākeha. My family names are Foote, Suckling, Crawford and Hodgson. My father, Chris Foote, was born in Whanganui. My mother, Marlene Suckling, was born in Brisbane. I was also born in Brisbane, and grew up in Vanuatu and Australia. I live in Wellington. My name is Tim Foote.


I’ve been working with and learning about conflict since 2008. I’ve worked in mediation, community dialogue facilitation, organisational facilitation, conciliation, education, and conflict management.

I currently maintain a private mediation and facilitation practice, and I contract as a mediator and FDR provider to a number of different agencies, including the FDR Centre and Family Works Central. In my spare time, I’m a potter, gardener, and volunteer in the arts and community sectors.

In Australia, I completed a Master of International Studies (Peace and conflict resolution) worked as a community dialogue facilitator for the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute of Australia, and for the Queensland Government’s Dispute Resolution Centre in 2014. Since moving back to New Zealand in 2015, I’ve worked in a range of conflict and facilitation roles, including as a senior conciliator at Utilities Disputes, a sexual violence prevention educator, and as a facilitator for strategic decision-making and community consultation processes.

My work with Reframe Aotearoa

In late 2017, I founded Reframe Aotearoa in response to the need for accessible and affordable dialogue and facilitation services for the community, social enterprise, not-for-profit and small business sectors. To learn more about Reframe Aotearoa, visit the website here: www.reframe.org.nz.

Professional training, memberships and accreditation

  • Professional member of Resolution Institute (NZ)Professional
    • Family Dispute Resolution provider, including training in child inclusive mediation practice
    • Accredited mediator since 2013
  • Professional member of Restorative Practices Aotearoa (RPA)
  • Holder of national mediator accreditation (NMAS) in Australia
  • Experienced group facilitator, in particular with the World Café model
  • Restorative practices facilitator

Academic studies

I’m studying my PhD part-time at Victoria University of Wellington. I’m interested in how changing or deepening people’s skill and capacity for productively working with conflict and harm can improve the resilience of the groups/communities they are part of. I’m also interested in how public policy making can better support and equip communities to prevent and deal with conflict and harm. My research is affiliated with the School of Government and the Chair in Restorative Justice.

Previously, I’ve completed:

  • Certificate in Te Pūtaketanga o te reo Māori (Level 4), Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • Master of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Resolution), The University of Queensland
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies), The University of Queensland

Want to know more?

Have a look at my LinkedIn page – linkedin.com/in/tim-foote-54631916 – or get in touch with me with any questions.