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Justices of the Peace Honoured

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, December 30, 2017

7 Auckland Justices of the Peace are named in the New Year Honours, announced today. 

Ms Rangimarie Naida Glavish, ONZM, JP, is made Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and the community. Naida Glavish, now Dame Rangimarie, is currently employed as the Chief Advisor Tikanga Māori with the He Kāmaka Waiora, Māori Health, for the Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards. She became known throughout New Zealand in 1984 with her “Kia Ora” greeting while a telephone operator… against the rules at the time and for which she was penalised. But support came from many in the community who welcomed a greeting in Te Reo, causing a change in policy. In her present role as Chief Advisor Tikanga Maori, Ms Glavish has championed appropriate cultural support for Māori patients, leading the writing, development and implementation of bicultural policies and tikanga recommended best practice guidelines.

Former MP and Cabinet Minister, historian Hon Dr Michael Edward Bassett, QSO, JP, of St Marys Bay, becomes a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as historian. Between academic appointments  since he retired from politics, Dr Bassett has written numerous books, principally political histories and biographies. He has also served as a Member of the Waitangi Tribunal and Board Member of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

Dr Haare Mahanga Te Wehinga Williams, JP, is made Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori, the arts and education as a teacher, artist, and broadcaster: a significant contribution throughout his career to bettering the educational attainment and social and cultural outcomes of Māori. Dr William has been Executive Director of the New Zealand 1990 Commission. He set up a joint venture with the South Seas Film and Television School to train te reo speakers as producers and operators in film and television. He was a pioneer in Māori broadcasting as the General Manager of Aotearoa Radio. He has published poetry, exhibited painting, and writes scripts and lyrics for film and television. Dr Williams has held the position of Amorangi at the Auckland War Memorial Museum since 2011.

Mr Ray Raman Annamalai, JP, has received the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community and Tamil culture in Auckland and Hamilton, particularly through the establishment of two Hindu temples. He led development of the Sri Ganesh Temple in Papakura, the first Tamil temple in New Zealand.

Ms Raewyn Teresa Bhana, JP, Weymouth, is given the Queen’s Service Medal for contribution to initiatives to support people in the South Auckland community, as Operation Manager with Whanau Ora Community Clinics as Manager of Safer Aotearoa Family Violence Prevention Network and co-ordinator of White Ribbon Dinners in South Auckland for the past four years, and an annual lunch on Christmas day for the homeless and those living in poverty in Papatoetoe, Manurewa and Wiri.

Mrs Margaret Ann Miles, JP, of Paremoremo, receives the Queen’s Service Medal for her contribution over more than 40 years to the North Shore community in a variety of roles. She has been Ward Councillor and Chair and Deputy Chair of the Auckland Council’s Upper Harbour Local Board. She supported the development of the North Shore Events Centre and North Harbour Stadium, and more recently the Albany Stadium Pool. Aside from many other community works, Mrs Miles has had a significant involvement for more than 15 years with Miniature Horse Clubs and judges competitions for the Waitemata District Pony Club. 

Mrs Patricia Mary (Paddy) Stafford-Bush, JP, of Bayswater, has the Queen’s Service Medal for services on the Devonport Community Board from 1990 to 2001, Chair from 1995. She was a founding member of the North Shore Heritage Trust in 2002 and has been Chair for the past six years. She and her husband set up the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation in memory of their son. The foundation provides scholarships and sponsorships for young people across a range of activities and interests, particularly enabling upskilling and environmental protection. She is an active member of the Devonport Rotary Club and has been involved with the organising of the Club’s Wine and Food fundraisers for local charities. 

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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