A special luncheon was held to mark the milestone attended by members and guests, including Royal Federation President, Denise Hutchins, and Southern Regional Representative, Gavin Evans. After local President Helen Meiklejohn welcomed everyone she took a look back at what was happening in New Zealand during 1926, the year the Association was formed including:
The New Zealand Reform Government introduced the world’s first fully state-funded family benefit in 1926, partly in response to concerns over New Zealand’s falling birth rate. The allowance was 2 shillings for the third and each subsequent child in a family.
Famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and a corps de ballet of 50 dancers performed to audiences throughout New Zealand which included a performance Dunedin
The first 18 female Justices of the Peace were appointed in New Zealand during 1926. The 18 appointees included Elizabeth McCombs who in 1933 would become New Zealand’s first woman MP. Also among this group was the grandmother of Ian Park, husband of current Association member Jean Park MNZM JP. Jean attended the luncheon wearing the original JP pin that was presented in 1926.
Federation President Denise Hutchins then congratulated the Otago Association on behalf of the Federation. President Helen in turn presented Denise with a cheque for $1,000.00 for the JP Education Trust. This money came from profit made by the Otago Association at the National Conference held in February.
Otago Justices of the Peace Association Newsletter - Abridged