New Rules for the Association, success for all the remits and a change in the Association’s Regional Representative emerged at the Association’s Annual General Meeting last night.
The Rules - A year’s work considering, composing and compiling the Association’s Constitution… now called Rules… came to fruition when the meeting agreed to the proposed changes.
President Colin Davis explained that every provision, clause, and word had been carefully scrutinised and he told the meeting he was confident the document reflects all requirements, modernised and written in everyday language.
“They have also been commended by our legal advisers” he told the meeting.
The new Rules will come into force once registered by Registrar of Incorporated Societies.
Colin Davis - re-elected President 2014 -15
Elections - Colin Davis was re-elected unopposed as President and Selwyn Haworth was, similarly, elected Vice President. Three nominations, all sitting members, were received for Council… Ken McKay, Susan Walker and WalIis Walker and since there were fewer candidates offering than required, these three were declared elected. They join Ric Carlyon, Tamati Howard, Dawn Jones and Les Smith who have another year of their term to serve.
Pat Samson was elected Auckland’s Regional Representative to the Board of the Royal Federation and takes office early next year, vice Wallis Walker.
Remits - All those remits proposed for adoption were approved by the meeting and will now be taken forward to the Royal Federation's Annual Conference in Auckland next February...
+ In the interests of transparency, voting figures should be announced after each election held during Annual Conference,
+ The Ministry of Justice to distribute to all JPs a “hard copy”, up-to-date, Ministerial Manual before 2016.
+ A brochure to be published before mid-2016 which explains JPs’ duties in different languages, thus recognising key non-English speaking communities in New Zealand.
+ The meeting also approved the Auckland-inspired “Trained and Active” plan and requested Royal Federation to monitor this initiative with a view to it being introduced nation-wide to replace Accreditation, and, meantime asks Royal Federation to suspend moves to institute Accreditation.
Other items included confirmation of Patron (Senior High Court Justice Paul Heath, QC) and Vice Patrons, approval of the Association’s annual financial accounts and appointment of auditor and honorary solicitor.