Derek Firth Honoured

21 February 2017
Derek Firth

Derek Firth, an Auckland barrister and arbitrator, was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 New Years Honours for services to arbitration and education. An alumnus of Auckland Law School, Mr Firth has been President of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and serves on various AMINZ Panels and Committees.

Mr Firth has also represented New Zealand on the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is appointed to assess various cases by the World Bank. He is the former Chairman of the New Zealand National Committee of the International Court of Arbitration. In addition to his arbitration work, his citation for the MNZM also recognised his extensive service to the community, particularly in education. He is the immediate past Chair of Dilworth Trust Board and served as a Trustee from 1975 to 2015. During his time as Chair he appointed the current Principal of Dilworth School and has overseen significant improvement of education outcomes, particularly among Māori and Pacific children, and a strengthening of the School’s endowment to fully fund its 640 students. Mr Firth has remained a friend of the Law School and generously contributed to the establishment of the class prize for the LLB Commercial Arbitration course. Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu, who teaches the course, explains that “Derek is a leader in the arbitration field and the Honour is well derserved”, and adds that “he has also been a supportive colleague from the profession”.

The Law School congratulates Mr Firth on his achievement.