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Hub Meetings Off To A Good Start

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The first 2 Hub meetings have been judged a success and a good start to the new scheme designed to bring together local Support Groups for training and camaraderie.

North East Hub met at Red Beach. 64 members attended travelling from as far away as Helensville, Warkworth and Takapuna.

There were 34 Justices at the Southern Hub meeting held in Friendship House, Manukau City. 

At both venues Justices, on feedback sheets, said the overall quality of content was very good and without exception everyone reported learning something new.

The first Hub meetings in each part of Auckland has a theme to welcome back Justices who have not been  engaged in duties for a while,  as well as updating those who are regular attendees at Support Group gatherings. The theme worked… at both meetings there were Justices who had not been to Association activities for some time and they were appreciative, gaining renewed confidence enabling them to better carry out Ministerial duties.

Of note was that some Justices attended Hub meetings other than at their local venue. They found dates and times that suited them further afield: which is the reason why all Hub Meetings are advised to all Justices so they can “mix and match”. Justices are reminded to take Ministerial Manual to these meetings – copies are available if you do not have one and that  each session can be used to meet Accreditation requirements.

The next Hubs meet as follows:

Saturday 29 April 9.00am – 12.00pm


(based on Helensville, Kumeu, West Auckland & Whau support groups)

St John’s / Lions Hall

243 Edmonton Rd, TE ATATU

Saturday 29 April 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 29 April 1.00pm - 4.00pm


(based on Mangere, Three Kings/Mt Roskill, Onehunga, Mt Albert, Eden/Epsom

support groups)

Mt Roskill Primary School

37 Frost Rd, MT ROSKILL

Saturday 6 May 1.00pm – 4.00pm

(based on Eastern Districts, Otara & MOWPEG support groups)

Peace Experiment Montessori School

18 Pilkington Rd, PANMURE

Others to be advised:





Two Grants Welcomed

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, April 15, 2017

Council, at this week's meeting, welcomed news that two grants have been received, enabling projects, previously “on hold”, to be funded and to go ahead.

The grants are from the Joyce Fisher Trust and the Lottery Grants Commission.

“These funds will be used to benefit the Association, our members and, ultimately, the community”, says President Selwyn Haworth. 

“We are very grateful to the two organisations and at our meeting Council members gave preliminary consideration how best to apply the funds”.

“The grant from Joyce Fisher Trust is, as per our application, tagged – it enables us to catch up with the electronic age at Service Desks, giving Justices access to the internet which is fast becoming an essential tool so they can carry out their duties”.  

The grant from Lotteries,” Selwyn says, "will be applied towards greatly needed operational expenses (including website enhancement, publicity, conferences and insurance), training needs (Hub venue hire & material and trainer development) and Service Desk/Support Group ‘needs’”.    

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