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Council Brevities

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association met today.

+ Two new members, Sharon Nicholson and Ginny Radford, attended their first meeting… another co-opted member, Terry Holding forwarded his apologies for absence. 

+ President, Garry Nicholls, reported on a recent successful meeting at Mangere Support Group which was attended by local MP and Associate Minister of Justice Responsible for Justices of the Peace, Aupito William Sio. He supports a programme in Mangere district to encourage non-active Justices to share the burden of work of Ministerial duties with their fellow Justices.
+ The President is writing to those members who have let their subscription lapse for 2 years, inviting them to renew or they face losing their membership. 

+ A total of 21 new Justices are due to be sworn-in during 2 planned ceremonies later this month and 10 candidates are down for interview mid-May. 

+   It was agreed to help Justices who “wear out” their rubber stamps. In a trial set-up, Support Groups will receive a supply of blue ink so that Justices who work on Service Desks, particularly, can re-ink their stamps.

+   There was a reminder about the Annual Luncheon on Sunday 20 May, 12.00pm - 2.30pm at the The Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road, Parnell, when the guest speaker will be Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Her topic: “Is this the End of the Golden Age of Antibiotics?”. Siouxsie is a microbiologist and science communicator, Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Laboratory at the University of Auckland. She was also one of the three finalists in the New Zealander of the Year Award this year. Bookings on line: see notice in News.

+   Although not all reports are in, the present round of Hub Training Meetings have proved successful. According to comments on feed-back forms, attendees have appreciated a change in format which allows more member input and participation. One aspect emerges: this round of Hub meetings has attracted more members who do not identify with, or belong to, a Support Group. Hubs are thus providing new opportunity for training. Last Chance: The final Hub Meeting of the present series is  this Saturday, 12 May, 9am - 11am at Kohimarama Primary School, 112 Kohimarama Road. 

+   One third of Association members are now accredited Justices of the Peace. While this is a notable achievement, Auckland Trainers have set a new goal: to have all those working on Service Desks, and 45 per cent of members, accredited by year’s end. 

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