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Overdue Subscriptions

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Association’s making every effort to persuade members who are “unfinancial” to pay their annual subscription. Account Rendered notices are on the way to those who are in arrears.

"Members’ subscriptions are the main-stay of our income to finance Association’s activities”, President Selwyn Haworth says, “so it’s important all members pay their dues. With our enhanced data-base we are better able to identify and be in touch with members who have not yet paid this year’s subscription".

Treasurer Geoff Pownall estimates about 400 members have yet to pay this year (including 100 who have not paid last year’s subscription, either) and all will be receiving reminders about now, with the option to pay by direct credit or cheque.    

The Association's Rules provide that membership "... may cease..." if subscriptions remain in arrears for two years.

Justices Enhance Community Service

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two Service Desks, one new, the other long-established, have extended their sessions to better serve their communities. 

The Desk at the North Shore District Court at Albany, which was set up a matter of weeks ago, has added a third session so that, from the beginning on March, Justices will attend on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. 

While at Otara, the well-patronised Service Desk in the CAB has decided to extend its hours to provide additional Justice of the Peace services on Wednesday evenings at 5.30pm. It’s a trial for a month to see if there’s demand for the after-hours session, designed for those who can’t make it to see a Justice during the day because of their work or child-caring commitments. 

Welcome to… The Hubs

Ric Carlyon - Monday, February 13, 2017

The Association’s Council has introduced some significant changes to the ways it provides services for its Justices of the Peace membership, mainly training. 

At present there are 26 local Support Groups. Under the new scheme each Support Group will be asked to join one of 8 hubs, based on locality and community-of-interest. Members will then have the opportunity to access up-to-date training at twice-yearly meetings in each hub. 

Council Member Dawn Jones, says this move is designed to provide ready access for all Justices to the latest information and to ensure uniformly high standards are met by all Justices, whether they are part of a Support group or not. “The hub training sessions are not just for regular attenders but will be of particular value to Justices who may not have attended a training session for some time. For example, certifying documents from electronic sources or from financial institutions requires different procedures than for other documents.   We hope to attract all Justices to attend these sessions so we can meet ever-increasing demands on Justices’ services”.   

Introducing the plan at the weekend’s annual meeting of Support Group Coordinators, Dawn stressed that Support Groups would continue… the Hubs are additional, a new way for the Association to deliver training - one of its key responsibilities. Support Groups, Dawn suggested, may like to tailor their activities to dovetail with the new Hubs. 

Training Coordinator, Garry Nicholls, outlined a suggested training programme for the Hubs, saying it’s essential to keep Justices up to date and active… and he encouraged all members to obtain accreditation under the Royal Federation’s scheme.

Support Groups were given an opportunity to advise which Hub they would like to join. The next steps are to advise the calendar of events for the new Hubs, combined with the Association’s other activities.

Council’s First Meeting of 2017

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, February 09, 2017

 Briefs from the Council’s first meeting for the new year, held yesterday -

  • Arrangements were finalised for the Association's remits, etc  at  Royal Federation of NZ Justices Association’s Annual Meeting/Conference being held early next month in Rotorua. 
  • Council members were briefed on matters to be discussed at the annual meeting of Support Group Coordinators being held this Saturday. Significant changes being proposed will be revealed during the meeting. 
  • Treasurer Geoff Pownall reports some 390 subscriptions remain outstanding for the current financial year and “account rendered” emails are being sent out to remind these unfinancial members.
  • It was agreed the Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held as last year, combined with Auckland's Regional Conference in September. 
  • Justices of the Peace continue to officiate at weddings in West Auckland. Ii's a pilot scheme to test popularity of marriage ceremonies in semi-formal conditions. 29 couples were wed in November, 39 in December and 29 last month. It’s thought the trial, which is considered successful, might become a permanent alternative for couples being wed, and extended to other parts of New Zealand.
  • There’s been a concerted effort to update and correct the Association’s membership data. It has been a mammoth effort over many months. The latest drive has been to obtain email addresses from members whose @ addresses were missing in the data. It’s important the Association keeps in contact with members via email now there is no longer communication by postage.
  • Planning’s underway for the Association’s Luncheon (usually in May) and Annual Dinner (towards year’s end). Watch this space for further details. 

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