Briefs from Conference 2015 at Takapuna
# Graeme Kitto was re-elected President of the Royal Federation of Justice Associations for the ensuing year, his second in office. Denise Hutchins will again be Vice President. Both were elected unopposed. The Regional Representatives for 2015-16 are Rachel O’Grady (Northern), Patrick Samson (Auckland), Kath Blair (Central) and Gavin Evans (Southern). Greg Weake continues in the office of Immediate Past President.
# A special farewell was accorded long-serving member on the Auckland Association’s Council and Auckland Regional Representative, Wallis Walker. After a presentation, Wallis addressed Conference, reminding everyone that the Royal Federation was made up of Association-members, and was there to assist and support Associations, a fact that she said was sometimes overlooked at Federation meetings in Wellington.
# Board business at Conference confirmed next year’s gathering will be in Dunedin, followed by Rotorua in 2017 and Canterbury in 2018, that Association’s Centennial.
# Forum Topics at Conference gave delegates a wide range of choice, from “Fraud and Immigration” (NZ Immigration Investigator), “Trouble-shooting Difficult Situations in Court” (Judge Charles Blackie), “Technology” (Greg Weake), “The Family Court” (Judge Ian McHardy) and “Dealing with Cultural Diversity”, (Camille Nakhid). In addition there were workshops for both Presidents and Registrars.
# Apologies tendered to Conference include a handful from Justices of the Peace on the remote Chatham Islands, members of the Canterbury Association.
# Those attending Conference’s Opening Ceremony became aware the liner Queen Elizabeth II was in port on its special cruise marking the centenary of the ANZAC Gallipoli campaign. Delegates, observers and visitors took the opportunity to mark the 100th anniversary by observing a minute’s silence for servicemen and women, especially New Zealanders, who died at Gallipoli, in previous South African battles, and during all subsequent conflicts.