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Briefs – March Council Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Notes from today's March meeting of the Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association held today: 

Regional Representative
Following Pat Samson’s elevation to Vice President of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations, moves are underway to fill the office he vacated, that of Auckland Regional Representative. Pat’s successor is appointed by the Board of the Federation and it’s understood it wishes to move quickly to fill the gap.  

Yellow Pages
There’s growing appetite to follow Auckland’s long-established policy to curtail lists of JPs in the Yellow Pages. Keeping the names up to date is a major task, with examples of names remaining as “current” long after the JP has died.  There’s a preference for “Find a JP” on-line, websites showing Service Desks and, possibly, an 0800 phone number to assist people to locate a Justice. 

Council, at its meeting today, seconded Yvonne Hawkins as a Council member. Yvonne is well known, especially in southern districts, and as a former trainer, and brings wide experience and skills. Yvonne is looking forward to serving on the Support Groups and Service Desks Committee and she’s also agreed to be Hub Manager for Central West as well as South. Also from today, Council Member Owen Goodwin has agreed to be Hub Manager for Lower North. 

Hub Training Sessions
These were mentioned at today’s meeting – there are 8 on the mainland (Waiheke has already had theirs) between April 7th and May 12th, some on Saturdays, some on Sundays and with a range of session times. Members can attend any one of the meetings: the content’s the same at each and attendance counts towards accreditation. See News item, 27 February, for details of all Hub meetings. 

Time goes fast when you’re having fun as a JP… and those “early adopters” of accreditation will find that quite soon they will need to seek re-accreditation.  The same eligibility applies – the online test plus attendance at training sessions. 

Moves are underway by Royal Federation to electronically record and process JP data from District Courts. Auckland Association welcomes this. As has been signaled for some time, it’s hoped collection of attendances etc at all 70 of our Service Desks can be done on-line, integrated with our new website now in development. Meantime, data is being collected and processed by Council Member Wallis Walker and, in short, the figures show we have an expanding business! 

Annual Luncheon 
Social Convenor, Council Member, Sherryl Wilson advised there are already more than 20 reservations for the Association’s Annual Luncheon… within a day or two of it being announced. It’s to be held on Sunday 20th May 2018 at Quality Hotel, Gladstone Road, Parnell, with guest speaker Siouxsie Wiles, microbiologist and science communicator. She’s Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Laboratory at the University of Auckland and was also one of the three finalists in the New Zealander of the Year Award this year.

Autumn Luncheon

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Auckland Justices of the Peace Association Council warmly invites members and partners to the upcoming and entertaining Autumn Luncheon
DATE:         Sunday 20 May 2017 (this is NOT Mother’s Day!)
TIME:          12.00pm – 2.30pm
VENUE:       The Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road, Parnell
GUEST:       Dr Siouxsie Wiles – “Is this the End of the Golden Age of Antibiotics?”
                    Siouxsie is a microbiologist and science communicator, Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Laboratory at the University of     Auckland. She was also one of the three finalists in the New Zealander of the Year Award this year.
COST:         $50.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar
                   There are limited places for this luncheon so do book early!
Please pay either by
Direct credit to the following bank account (our preferred method)
Bank:                   KiwiBank
A/c Name:           Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn
A/c Number:        38-9018-0314770-00
Reference:          Payer’s Surname and initial(s) / AJPA Lunch / MOJJP or telephone number
NB:  Please include all of the reference details prompted
OR by
Cheque posted to
Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn    

Auckland’s Remits at Conference...

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, March 08, 2018

Remits submitted to the Royal Federation of Justices Associations should give a taste of “what they are saying out there in the hinterland”. This year there were just 7 remits, 5 were from Auckland, but which provided incite just the same at this year's Federation Annual Conference just concluded in Christchurch.

Auckland's first remit sought to raise the standards in the delivery of Ministerial services to the community by investigating appointment procedure, enhancing accreditation, acknowledging changing workloads and realigning training. The remit was widely supported by Delegates but narrowly lost when it came to the vote. lost. 

Our next remit was agreed-to. It asks the Royal Federation to clarify the types of complaints that may be considered when the subject matter falls outside Ministerial roles and functions.  It was submitted that the Manual, the Justice of the Peace Act and the Code of Ethics give conflicting messages and that these need to be clarified, especially with recent increases in complainants who use the JP processes rather than more appropriate avenues.

A third Auckland remit was also carried which seeks to expand the number of new Service Desks financially supported by Royal Federation. To date each Association can apply for seeding funding for no more than 2 new Desks each year, and Auckland said there should be no limit, that the present rule effectively discriminates against larger Associations. 

But our fourth remit was not supported by Conference delegates… it wanted to change the method of on-going funding of Service Desks from the present “number of Desks” to “number of hours” attended at a Service Desk. Auckland pointed out that at some of its busy Desks there are two sessions each day - and in some cases two Justices rostered at each session - and so the current funding regime “per Desk” is anomalous. 

Auckland’s remit advocating an increase in funds from the Ministry of Justice for training was amended. Auckland said a grant of $100,000 from the Ministry for nation-wide education would be appropriate. Conference agreed with the sentiment, but did not like the concrete dollar figure, and the remit was amended accordingly… the Royal Federation to follow up.

Bay of Plenty Association could not make head-way at Conference with its remit seeking further pathways to accreditation of Justices. There should be alternatives to the present on-line process, the remit contended, such as criteria around attending training sessions, service on Association Councils and recently-inducted Justices. 

North Otago Association’s remit reiterated earlier attempts to hold Conference every other year. It was ruled that the remit ought to be a Notice of Motion so the remit was lost. Previous attempts at introducing biennial Conferences pointed out the statutory need for the Federation to have an Annual General Meeting to satisfy various requirements. And it’s noted that at this year’s Christchurch Conference, locations for Annual Conferences were set as far out as 2023.   


Auckland JP in High Office

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 05, 2018

Pat Samson, of Milford, has been elected Vice President of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations at its Annual Conference in Christchurch. Pat has long been a member of the Auckland Association’s Council and at the time of his election he was Auckland’s Representative on the Federation’s Board. Pat is very much a hands-on JP and is regularly rostered as the duty-Justice at the very busy Service Desk in the Milford Mall.  

Other executives elected are: President - Rachael O'Grady, Regional Representatives - Northern: Peter Osborne. Auckland: (to be advised). Central Districts: Sheridan Hickey. Southern: Cathy Hurst. Immediate Past President is Denise Hutchins.

Conference venues were confirmed for the following years:
2019 - Marlborough (Blenheim)
2020 - South Taranaki
2021 - Wellington 
2022 - Taranaki
2023 - Southland (Invercargill)

Sunday’s business also included consideration of the Federation’s annual budget, the capitation fee, communication grant and the NZ Justices Quarterly: all were adopted by Conference. 

Among concluding items of business were valedictories for Immediate Past President Graeme Kitto, leaving the Royal Federation Board after 7 years, and Terry Byrne after years.

Next year’s Conference will be held at the Marlborough Convention Centre in Blenheim, 1st - 3rd March.

Premieres for 2 Service Desks

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 05, 2018

Without lights, music or fanfare the curtain goes up tomorrow on a new performance at Matakana Cinema Complex, one that will be repeated every Tuesday at 10am for an indefinite season. Although no blockbuster, it’s hoped the weekly Tuesday session will prove popular with locals. 

It’s the new Service Desk situated in the Matakana Cinema Complex with “production” (rostering etc) in the hands of local JP Laurence McLeod. A “cast” (all JPs !) will star each Tuesday to provide the service. 

A first for Matakana Cinemas, beginning tomorrow, repeated every Tuesday

Those seeking JP services tomorrow may also want to take in the 10.30am session in the cinema  to see “Red Sparrow” but it’s the evening offering that seems most appropriate to suit the mood of a new Service Desk, the romantic comedy “Finding Your Feet” - but knowing the JPs involved it won’t take them long to settle in.

And at Albany it’s not about film, but books… the new Service Desk opened in the Albany Library on Saturday last. Sessions there are 10am – noon, filling an “after hours” gap in services already provided by Justices of the Peace on Monday afternoons in the nearby local Board Offices. 

Visitors to Whangaparoa Library have a further option to see a Justice of the Peace: from this month attendance has increased to 3 afternoons a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as Saturday mornings.  


Royal Federation's Annual Conference

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, March 04, 2018

The Annual Conference of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations is being held in Christchurch this weekend. Fittingly it’s being held in the city during Canterbury Association’s centennial year. 28 Associations are attending.

Conference has a line-up of remits from Associations and there are constitutional matters on the agenda.

Proceedings were opened with a Powhiri, a welcome from Canterbury Association and addresses by the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little and the Associate Minister Aupiuto Sio.

Yesterday’s first guest speaker was Patron of the Canterbury Association, Judge Lester Chisholm, who alerted his audience to “Meeting the Challenges of the Future", encompassing the Internet, Economics versus Justice, and Influencing the Public Mind. The second guest speaker was Chief Justice Jan-Marie Doogue gave a glimpse of her office and public life when she spoke on “A week in the Life of the Chief Justice”. 

Some of Auckland's delegates in session at Royal Federation's Annual Conference

Business sessions flowed well with good participation from attendees and amendments to the Constitution and revised Federation policies 
were disposed of with just a few amendments. 

While delegates were hard at work, partners were treated to an excellent outing during the day visiting Riccarton House and Homebush, the pioneering Deans family farm in the foothills. The surprise treat was a visit to a private collection of vintage cars as well as two Wurlitzer organs. Richard Cobb, a highly skilled musician, entertained the group playing one of these organs.

Last night’s Conference Dinner was an enjoyable occasion with members and guests mingling beforehand over pre-dinner drinks with entertainment by a talented youth orchestra. During the dinner outgoing President, Denise Hutchins, handed the "chain of office" to incoming President, Rachael O'Grady

The Conference concludes today.

Hubs…Learning By Sharing

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The first round of Hub refresher meetings will provide plenty of opportunity for discussion, sharing and challenges of ideas.

The Association’s Ministerial Trainer, Garry Nicholls, says while there’ll be some formal tuition, concentration will be on sharing - and learning. He says there’ll be group discussions and an interesting quiz which is sure to raise different viewpoints. Time will be set aside for general discussion, further opportunity to share experiences

Waiheke Island Support Group kicks off the series of Hub Refreshers on Saturday 11th March, while others on the mainland follow in April and May
All Members are encouraged to attend a Hub Refresher to help keep up-to-date and competent with Ministerial Duties: attendance counts towards accreditation. Members will be welcomed at any one of the 9 Hub Refreshers across Greater Auckland and are reminded to have their Manuals with them.

Here's the list of Hub Refreshers. Find "your local", or one that suits, and mark your diary now!  


Auckland Central, Pt Chevalier/Westmere

Saturday 5th May 1pm-3pm

Ponsonby Primary School

44 Curran St, Herne Bay

Central East

Hobson, Glen Point, St Heliers

Saturday 12 May 9am-11am

Kohimarama Primary School Hall,

112 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama.                  

Central West

Mangere, Three Kings/Mt Roskill, Onehunga, Mt Albert, Eden/Epsom

Saturday 7 April 2pm-4pm

Mt Roskill Primary School

37 Frost Rd, Mt Roskill



Sunday 11 March 10am-12pm

Waiheke Library

Ocean View Road, Oneroa

Lower North

Takapuna, Devonport, Kaipatiki

Sunday 8 April 10am-12pm

Birkdale Intermediate School

200 Birkdale Rd, Birkdale

North East

Warkworth, Hibiscus Coast, Albany

Saturday 14 April 10am-12pm

Faithfull Funeral Services

35 Red Beach Rd, Red Beach

North West

Helensville, Kumeu, West Auckland, Whau

Saturday 7 April 10am-12pm

St John’s/Lions Hall

243 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatu


Manukau/South Auckland, Papatoetoe

Saturday 5 May 4pm-6pm

Friendship House

20 Putney Way, Manukau

South East

Eastern Districts, Otara, MOWPEG

Saturday 21 April 2pm-4pm

Peace Experiment - Montessori School

18 Pilkington Rd, Panmure

MOWPEG Special Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

For the uninitiated, MOWPEG stands for the busy Support Group including Mount Wellington, Otahuhu, Panmure, Sylvia Park and Ellerslie. And the group held a special meeting recently. 
After quickly disposing of usual business, Support Group Coordinator Jenny Hunt signaled celebrations for two farewells and a milestone birthday.
It was farewell to retiring JP Ernie Brooks and presentation of his JP Retired badge and certificate which records and acknowledges Ernie’s 47 years’ service. 

Ernie Brooks receives his certificate from Council Member Ric Carlyon

Ernie said he began as a JP in Wellington where he did most of his work in his CBD office, the bulk of which in those days was signing documentation of proof of debts and many court papers for Health Inspectors who were prosecuting unhygienic eating houses. “The range of work has changed and greatly increased these days”, he says, most of which he dealt with over many years working at the Service Desk at the Panmure CAB.
The other farewell was to former Association Council member Tamati Howard who has resigned prior to moving from Auckland. Tamati was at the founding meeting of the Support group and, with others, invented the name MOWPEG and set up Service Desks within the communities comprising the group. Tamati was thanked for his assistance over the years with best wishes for his future in the North.

Tamati Howard was thanked for his services to MOWPEG Support Group

Then it was revealed that coincidentally it was Ernie Brooks’ 90th birthday which, of course was not left unmarked at the celebratory supper.  So congratulations on his milestone were added to  greetings for a long and happy retirement from JP work.

Happy New Year!

Ric Carlyon - Friday, February 16, 2018

As we welcome the Year of the Dog today we are reminded of the many nationalities and cultures in the ranks of Justices of the Peace in Auckland - and the wide diversity of people we serve in our multi-cultural community.

So “Gong Xi Fa Chai”, and “Gong Hei Fat Choy” to all who begin celebrations today: here's to a healthy and prosperous new year!

Increasingly, we are acknowledging festivals brought to New Zealand by other and varied ethnicities, so it’s neat to report other groups celebrating our traditions.

It happened at a meeting just before Christmas of the West Auckland Support Group. The leader of a group of Chinese asked permission to attend. It turned out to be a group of musicians and dancers who entertained the Justices with a brief recital.

The group showed their gratitude in music and song

The Chinese said they were taking the opportunity pre-Christmas to thank local JPs for their community service, especially their support to new immigrants. And the Justices appreciated the gesture.

Justices were also entertained with traditional dance

So today, here’s a little cultural crossover with reciprocal greetings to members of the Group - and all - who celebrate today!  Happy New Year!, Gong Xi Fa Chai!, Gong Hei Fat Choy

Briefs from Council

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association held its regular monthly meeting this morning and the following items were discussed:

+ Non-active Justices of the Peace have been discussed with some local Members of Parliament (who nominate JPs) in attempts to reinvigorate those still holding their warrants but not carrying out any community service. Further, Auckland Council has a remit at the upcoming Royal Federation Conference suggesting measures to encourage non-active JPs to re-train (leading to assured competent services by those who are skilled), or retire.

+ Steady progress was reported on the engineering, design and composition of the Association’s revamped website

+ Some Service Desks increased the number of transactions in January even though it was a “short month” for many with 2 weeks’ summer  holidays. The trend, overall, is increasing service to communities at almost 70 Desks.

+ The Treasurer reported a satisfactory comparison, expenditure v budget, in the accounts, advising Council members that at this stage of the financial year it appears there will be a positive outcome for 2017/18.

+ Members tidied topics they will be advocating at Royal Federation’s Conference in Christchurch, especially constitutional matters affecting the running of the Federation and how these impact on Auckland Association's business. 

+ For the Diary: The Association's Annual Luncheon, Sunday May 20th (we have avoided clashing with Mother's Day!), Quality Inn Hotel, Parnell. Diary it now, details later.  

+ Council Member Tamati Howard was farewelled at the meeting with a round of thanks in appreciation of his services over many years, especially his leadership, liaison and hands-on work in South Auckland.  Tamati has resigned prior to relocating to the North.

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