About

I like to make things happen.  And if they don't happen, I like to make them happen.

Winston Churchill first said that. And I've spent a decidedly varied career — as a lawyer, director, chief executive, government relations specialist and media commentator — putting those words to work.

I've put them to work managing complex relationships, developing businesses, lobbying, mentoring and making sound judgment calls. As somebody who was selected to be part of the government’s Small Business Advisory Group, I also have a longstanding interest in SMEs.

Lately I have been putting my lobbying skills to work helping ASH NZ influence government.  I also recently undertook a review of the New Zealand Bar Association and the review of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme. I’m a frequent media commentator on a variety of subjects and a regular panelist on the AM Show.

I have been appointed by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to chair of the Consumer Advocacy Council.  I am the chair of the board of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and on the board of DocEdge.  Putting my analytical skills to work, I am a Panel Member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal and have been an adviser on family justice reform. 

Over the past decade I have been executive director at the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand. On my watch the modest not-for-profit doubled its size, successfully lobbied for law changes on several fronts and became a national byword for professional excellence in dispute resolution.

I established Deborah Hart Consulting to offer my particular skills. Put me to work. Let's make things happen.

To see my full CV, click HERE

Deb Hart Consulting