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From the Council Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Association’s Council has held its final meeting for 2016. Among the items:

+ More than 60 per cent of our members have paid their annual subscriptions: the last “batch” of payments received after reminder notices were emailed at the end of November. Treasurer Geoff Pownall reported that the collection of subscriptions is well ahead of the same time last year… and those who are still unfinancial will be given further reminders. Methods of payment, etc, are given in the invoice/reminder emailed to members.

+ Council supports the idea of combining local Support Groups into hubs for training, etc. It’s proposed that each Support Group will combine with others and meet at a local venue for two training sessions in 2017. This will centralise training, save the Training Team travel and time, and ensure all Justices receive a balanced training programme. The sessions will count towards eligibility for Accreditation. More on this will be communicated to Support Groups in the New Year who will be asked to confirm the Hub they wish to belong to. 

+The Training Team, under Garry Nicholls, led 7 sessions in the Association’s area during November. Topics ranged from Dissolution of Marriage to Computer Skills and Certifying Electronic Copies. Sessions were convened right across the isthmus, from Henderson to Manurewa. In addition the Team oversaw interviews and induction for new Justices.

+Council resolved to send a letter of congratulations to Tony Pugh, JP, new National Manager of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations. Tony replaces Registrar, Alan Hart, who will resign following the Federation’s Annual Conference in Rotorua. In announcing the  appointment, the Federation’s President, Denis Hutchins, said Mr Pugh comes to the position after 13 years as Business Manager of New Plymouth Girls’ High School and that he’s an Associate Chartered Accountant, has university degrees and strong interest in the not-for-profit sector. 

+President Selwyn Haworth concluded formal business for the year with Season’s Greetings to all.

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