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More Hub Meetings Confirmed

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, May 13, 2017

The vast majority of Justices of the Peace attending Hub sessions agree with the concept and that the education content presented at the first in the HUB series is very good.  This is the feed-back in the evaluation forms. Word of mouth also confirms the value of the Hub Meetings…Support Groups combining at a local venue to share training and a catch-up. A feature has been the Justices rejoining Association activites, and those who leave the Hub Meetings enthused about gaining accreditation.   
All gatherings have been well-attended: in fact so many Justices arrived at the latest Hub meeting that the venue was a little crowded, brought upon because Members travelled from all over Auckland. This is encouraged - find a Hub with a date and time that suits - and turn up! Bring your Ministerial Manuals.
Each session can be used to meet Accreditation requirements.

Here are the last 3 HUB meetings on the mainland: 

Sunday 21 May   LOWER NORTH HUB 
9.30am – 12.30pm    
(based on Devonport, Takapuna & Kaipatiki support group areas)
 Birkdale Intermediate School
200 Birkdale Road

Saturday 27 May   CENTRAL HUB 
2.00pm – 5.00pm        
(based on Auckland Central & Pt Chevalier/Westmere support group areas)
Ponsonby Primary School
44 Curran Street

Saturday 17 June CENTRAL EAST HUB 
9.00am – 12pm             
(based on Hobson, Glen Point & St Heliers support group areas - covers Parnell, Remuera, Stonefields, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, Orakei, St Heliers, Glendowie, Glen Innes, St Johns & nearby areas)
ASB Stadium (next to Selwyn College)
Kohimarama Road

And the very last chance to attend a HUB meeting in the first'll be "off-shore" -
Sunday 10 September  ISLANDS HUB 
10am - 1pm 
Waiheke Island  – venue details to come

52 Years as Justice of the Peace

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

St Heliers Bay resident, John B. McCormick, has been recognised for his 52 years’ service as a Justice of the Peace.

Local Member of Parliament, Simon O’Connor, accompanied by Auckland Association’s Immediate Past President, Colin Davis and Gerald Harbison, representing St Heliers/Orakei Support Group, called on John to acknowledge his long service.

From left: Colin Davis, JP,  John McCormick JP, and Simon O'Connor, MP.
John was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.

John McCormick has seen many changes in his time, including the introduction of formal training for both ministerial and judicial duties, recalling that, having been sworn in, it wasn't long at all before he was sitting on the bench!

Association's Annual Luncheon

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Association’s annual luncheon was well attended, and those present enjoyed good company, an excellent meal...and an enlightening address by Manukau Crown Solicitor, Natalie Walker, one of 15 currently in New Zealand,  the fourth woman to hold the office and the second youngest of all. 

Natalie first explained New Zealand’s unique system of Crown Solicitors, each warranted to prosecute serious cases on behalf of the community. A former partner in the firm of Crown Solicitors for the whole of Greater Auckland, Natalie left to join two others creating a new partnership, Kayes Fletcher Walker Ltd, intending to specialise in criminal defence work. But when the Government decided to appoint a new Crown Solicitor for South Auckland based at Manukau, the partnership tendered, and secured Office.

At Sunday’s luncheon, Natalie Walker then went on to describe the many tasks connected with ramping-up operations first in Auckland City, then at Manukau City, and fulfilling the company’s  ideal… to be firm, fair and diverse.

Natalie Walker and President Selwyn Haworth at the Annual Luncheon

“Our mission was to be firm and fair in our approach towards prosecutions. And diverse in dealing with the many cultures of South Auckland, reflected in choice when recruiting staff and how we go about our business dealing with people. In the 2 years we have been up and running we have achieved our objectives. Half the staff-members are  women together with a range of those nationalities which help make up Manukau’s diverse community. And although there was no template to follow as we went about setting up a new Crown Solicitor’s office, we don’t seem to have had many complaints even though it's a very busy operation. Planning, hard work and long hours in the early stages have paid off”.

Natalie praised Justices of the Peace, noting they voluntarily provide essential service within the justice system in New Zealand, largely unacknowledged and unthanked.  

Long Service Recognised

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

5 long-serving Justices of the Peace recently received certificates of appreciation at a function in Orewa. 

The 5 have opted for JP Retired status after serving their local community for many years. One, John Hoyle of Red Beach has served for more than 44 years… others had been an active Justice for at least 20 years.

Local MP and Associate Minister of Justice, Mark Mitchell, presented the awards at a celebratory morning tea. Other Justices were Judith McArthur of Red Beach, Edwin Munro of Stanmore Bay, Shirley Notton from Warkworth and Kevin Sutton of Orewa.

The Ministry of Justice provides certificates to acknowledge long service by Justices and the Association is “catching up” with presentation to dozens who qualify: some Justices are being recognised and thanked having served for more than 50 years. The certificates will be presented at appropriate gatherings, or forwarded to those who prefer not to attend a function.   

Service Desks: Increased Community Work

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Justices of the Peace at Service Desks across Greater Auckland are seeing increasing numbers of clients and processing more documents than ever.

Data received for February from most of the 65 Desks shows growth in most activities: a total of some 35,000 transactions during the month.

“Projected, this means Auckland Justices will likely process more than half a million documents this calendar year”, says Council Member, Ric Carlyon, who oversees Service Desk activities, “which is a fantastic public service by volunteer Justices without charge to either the clients or the community. And our members not only put in time attending Service Desks, but also attend meetings and training courses at night and  at weekends to keep up-to-date with changes to documentation and processes”.

The busiest Service desk, by far is the Auckland District Court where two Justices are  on a roster to attend for 3 hours each weekday. In February they helped clients with more than 7,000 transactions.  

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