The recent riots in Cronulla in New South Wales are a message to all Australians that there is a need to address racial stereotypes created by the media, improve cross-cultural communication and understand our ethnic minorities better in 2006. The riots offered an opportunity for mediators to demonstrate the great flexibility of mediation by using systems that are different to Anglo-American models being used by mediators and trainers in Australia. We need other mediation models if we are to resolve issues within the cultural contexts of ethnic communities.