About the Team


Facilitation and Emotional Support Team

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Haley Farrar, JD

Haley is an international expert in restorative practices. She works as an educator, facilitator, coach, and researcher globally. A former attorney, Haley originally traveled to New Zealand in 2015 as a Fulbright Fellow. She has since delivered programs for a wide range of both public and private organisations. She has extensive restorative facilitation experience, and regularly presents to groups on the subject to audiences ranging from University students to international diplomats. Haley holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2011, and is a licensed attorney in the state of Colorado. She serves on the Advisory Council of the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice (US).


Gerard Hoffman, BCA. PGDip SW. Dip YouthDev. Cert Supv. Cert Drug Alcohol. RSW. MANZASW

Gerard is a Social Worker and Counsellor with 35 years of social work and leadership experience working within Justice, Health and Education sectors. Over the past 20 years he has led clinical mental health and counselling teams in District Health Board and University settings in Australia and NZ.

His areas of special interest have included working in and developing community based sexual offender treatment programmes and adolescent and young adult mental health services.

Following his undergraduate degree at Victoria University Gerard completed a Post Graduate Social Work degree at Canterbury. He originally trained in offender-victim mediation and restorative practice as part of the NZ Justice Department’s sentence of Reparation in the mid 1980s and spent eight years working as a Probation Officer. His most recent role as Associate Director, Student Counselling at Victoria included helping develop whole of University sexual violence prevention, safety and wellbeing strategies. He has presented at conferences and within work settings on suicide prevention, youth mental health and wellbeing promotion. He has extensive experience in facilitating restorative processes with students who have experienced interpersonal harm.


Sarah Roth Shank, MA

Sarah Roth Shank is a restorative justice researcher, trainer and practitioner. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2017 she was the Admissions Director at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). In this capacity she assisted in the formation of the first Master’s Degree in Restorative Justice in North America. Sarah is trained in Defence Victim Outreach (DVO) and worked as a victim liaison on death penalty cases in the state of Virginia. She is also trained in Victim Offender Conferencing and Circle Processes and has facilitated circles in organisational and university settings. Sarah is currently a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington researching the process and change resulting from institutionalising restorative justice, and works as the Senior Consultant at Aspen Restorative Consulting. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s in Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation with a concentration in Restorative Justice at EMU. Sarah is a runner and fitness enthusiast, as well as the proud aunt of four nephews.


Alex Zuur, MSW

Alex Zuur is a highly experienced restorative justice facilitator and social worker. She currently works as a Research Fellow with the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University where she is researching the application of restorative processes to the intersections of individual and systemic harm. She has spent the past ten years overseas and worked in a range of front line criminal justice reform and advocacy roles in Italy, Canada and most recently in New York. There she led the reconciliation portfolio of a US. Department of Justice funded pilot project where she advised police departments around the US on ways to improve relations and build trust with their communities.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She is also trained as a trauma informed yoga teacher. When she is not thinking about restorative practices, she can be found trail running in the mountains.  

Research and Evaluation Team


Jo Wailling, RN MHR BHSc (Hons) DipN.

Jo is a registered nurse and has worked in multiple healthcare settings for over twenty years. In her clinical work in intensive care and emergency departments Jo has supported patients and families experiencing trauma, grief and and loss, including harm resulting from healthcare injury. Jo has held a number of health leadership roles including; Senior Adviser, New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission national deteriorating patient program, Associate Director of Nursing for Surgery, Woman and Children and as a Senior Adviser for an organisational safety culture program in a tertiary District Health Board. Following training in 2013, Jo has applied restorative practice to nurture a positive safety culture, support patients and families involved in adverse events and resolve bulling and conflict and in a number of health settings. Jo has been researching healthcare safety for a number of years and is a Research Associate with the Diana Unwin Chair of Restorative Justice and a Research Fellow Adjunct at the Collaborating Centres for Safe Healthcare, Victoria University of Wellington. Her PhD is focusing on how restorative practices might respond to healthcare harm and support resilient healthcare systems.


Jill Wilkinson, RN PhD

Jill is a senior policy analyst at the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and a research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. She has a doctoral degree in nursing and over 30 years’ experience in the health sector as a clinician, academic and researcher. Jill is currently studying restorative justice practice at Victoria and her research interests are about the application of restorative practices in healthcare settings. She is an advisor to the Board of Te Aro Health Centre, a nurse-led clinic which provides services to low income and often homeless people in Wellington city.