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Annual Dinner

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, December 03, 2017

The Association’s Annual Dinner proved a rewarding evening with opportunity taken to present awards, partake of good food, share hospitality… and then to hear a most entertaining and informative guest speaker.

Two Justices made Life Members of the Association at our recent Annual General Meeting were presented with certificates and badges of office. 

Allan Spence has been a Bench Justice of the Peace for many years, and still sits. He is a former Council member on the Auckland Association, Auckland representative at the Royal Federation and, in 2005, he was President of the Royal Federation.   He also served on the Auckland Judicial Panel.


Allan Spence and Britt Stephen-Smith each receive Life Membership of the Association 
from Immediate Past-President Selwyn Haworth  

Britt Stephen-Smith was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1985 and joined the Bench a few years later. Britt was a member of Auckland Association’s Council when he oversaw, and reformed, the Association’s financial affairs and grew the membership base. He was President of the Royal Federation in 2001.
Selwyn Haworth acknowledges George Langton's 40 years' service as a Justice of the Peace   

George Langton was presented with Certificate for 40 years’ service as a Justice of the Peace. 


Guest speaker, Celia Caughey, introduced her audience to Vietnam where she was former New Zealand Trade Commissioner and Consul-General. Celia touched on the country’s history, its colonisation, wars and, in recent years, remarkable economic recovery.  


Celia Caughey was guest Speaker at this year's Association Dinner 

Celia also drew differences between Western and Vietnamese culture, something she became immersed in when she married a local.  Celia, as Trade Commissioner introduced New Zealand apples and kiwifruit to Vietman, now an established and growing import. She continues her welfare work there with oversight and sponsorship of care and education for homeless girls and young women. 

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