Report from the Organising Committee
The recent Royal Federation of Justices Associations’ Annual General Meeting and Conference at Takapuna was successful because of a philosophy confirmed early-on by the organising committee… “that around the business of the AGM there must be relevant and interesting guest speakers, seminars (rather than workshops) that engage participants and then clear opportunities for social interaction”.
That’s the view of Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee, Vice President of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, Selwyn Haworth, in a report to the Association’s Council.
“Around the 4 hours allocated to the Royal Federation during the weekend or its formal business, we successfully scheduled a conference which was interesting to delegates, observers and visitors alike”, Selwyn says “and we have received dozens of compliments, and no complaints, about the programme”.
Many delegates praised the calibre and variety of guest speakers: they included the Prime Minister, Minister and local MP Maggie Barry, lawyer/author Mai Chen, District Court Judges, the Mayor of Auckland and Secretary for Justice.
Social events eclipsed on the Saturday night when a total of 210 Board members, delegates, observers and their partners attended the Gala Dinner at Spencer on Byron on the Saturday night.
Selwyn Haworth's report also includes observations and hints about the running of these events and, suggests to Royal Federation several options for future Conferences. “Whatever” he says, “we are very willing to share all the information we have to assist future organising teams”.