Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 21, 2017
Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Both the President and Vice-President of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations attended the weekend's Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Association, accompanied by National Manager, Tony Pugh.President, Denise Hutchins, advised the meeting of important recent developments:
+ 33.8 per cent of Justices nationwide were now accredited: there’s a target of 50 per cent by the next Federation Conference in March.
+ There’ve been representations to the Ministry of Justice… and ongoing discussions… to try to ensure competency of Justices – not just those who are members of Associations, but all who serve the community. “They are all officers of the law”, Denise said “and as such, the public must have confidence in their ability to act properly in their office, and this requires competency: they must be up-to-date and knowledgeable. We will continue to work on ways to convince Ministry of Justice officials that a system must be devised to ensure all Justices meet the community’s expectation”.
+ There will be a modest increase in funding of Service Desks.+ The pilot scheme in West Auckland, where Justices officiate at “Registry Office” weddings, is now well-established, confirmed and, in an expansion to Justices’ usual duties, is being introduced in other centres, beginning in Hamilton.
+ There’re moves to standardise documents Justices often deal with that are designed to prevent money laundering. At present there are many versions and forms issued by banks, institutions etc. Standardisation will ease Justices’ work.
+ Templates and documents on the Royal Federation’s website are now in several languages, and more will be added, to assist clients whose first language is not English.
+ The Royal Federation website will soon have a makeover.
+ Denise thanked all Justices for their ongoing community service
Vice-President Rachel O’Grady told the gathering:
+ The Federation’s Constitution is being reviewed.
+ Its reform will fill gaps, update names, processes and procedures+ Changes will modernise the language, making it more easily understood.
Ric Carlyon - Monday, September 18, 2017
+ Selwyn introduced the Association’s new Registrar, Janet Thompson
+ Selwyn, in his Annual Report, said he achieved improvements to financial reporting, he obtained donations from Trusts, updated the membership database and reviewed the Support Group and Service Desk network.
+Treasurer Geoff Pownall reported a small surplus in a set of accounts which auditors had given an unqualified certificate.
+Other Notices of Motion were not agreed-to. These involved proposed changes to training, a re-prioritisation of Council resources and effort, the need for individual Justices to make an annual return of their activities, and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses.
+ The composition of the new Council was announced:
Selwyn Haworth (Past President), Hazel Bedogni, Roger Brookes, Ric Carlyon, Owen Goodwin, Tamati Howard, Neville Madden, Susan Walker and Wallis Walker
+ Retiring members of Council, Colin Davis, Dawn Jones and Les Smith, were thanked for their services and farewelled.
+Pat Samson was elected as Auckland Representative on the Board of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations
Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
9 Justices attended… with one JP from the “mainland” taking advantage to catch up with the first Hub training, not being available for the local Hub session at Mangere.
All those who completed questionnaires said they appreciated the opportunity to train together and valued the presentations.
Half those present have accreditation, so Waiheke is already ahead of the percentage of the total JPs accredited across Auckland.
The other "off-shore" Justices serve communities on Great Barrier Island.
Ric Carlyon - Friday, September 08, 2017
Judge Philippa Cunningham officiated in the Auckland District Court and the new Justices were welcomed to the Association by President, Selwyn Haworth, Registrar Janet Thompson and members of Council.
Those sworn are Karen Avery, Auckland City: Ada De Camasca, Flat Bush: Fazilat Rashid, Bucklands Beach: Tara Robinson, Epsom: Mark Darrow, Remuera and Aston Moss of Mount Eden
Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 07, 2017
She succeeds Peter Montgomery JP as of September 1st… Peter resigned to take up other work.
Janet Thompson lives in Remuera having recently migrated from Palmerston North. “I know that many Aucklanders ask ‘why would you come and live here?’ but I can tell you from my experience that I have found Auckland very welcoming and I am enjoying a much more lively and positive vibe up here”.
“I have been a JP since 2003, and am also a Nominated Witness and an Issuing Officer. I am a registered Marriage and Civil Union celebrant as well”.
“In my short time here I can see what an immense amount of time and effort all the Support Group coordinators do - I am in awe of the that you do. I see my job as supporting you, and it will be a privilege to be able to do so. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything that I can help or assist you with”.
“My normal working hours in the office are Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9.30am – 1.30pm), although from time to time I will work on a Thursday instead of a Friday so I can enjoy a long weekend with my mother in Palmerston North.