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Justices' 2017 Conference Begins

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, March 04, 2017

The Annual Conference and Meeting of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations is underway this weekend.

As you would expect, a conference in Rotorua will begin with a spirited Powhiri from local whenua, Te Arawa. But the ceremony turned into something else when Te Arawa elders gifted a maori name for the Royal Federation. Te Kahui Pou Whakatau Ture O Aotearoa now parallels the title of the Royal Federation.  Past President Graeme Kitto and Auckland Council Member Tamati Howard spoke on behalf of all Justices’ Associations, with the waiata led by Maaki Howard.

Other news from Day One of the meetings:

+ It was announced that Stephanie Dodd will start in min-March as the Federation’s new National Education Officer

+ Justices have taken opportunities to meet the Federation’s new National Manager, Tony Pugh

+ Delegates were told there are now 413 SDs at 218 locations throughout New Zealand   

+ Accreditation has been taken up by Justices mush faster than thought and the new target is for 50% of all Justices accredited by 2020. 

+ Royal Federation plans a make-over of its website later this year

+ The brochure outlining Justice of the Peace services is now available on the Royal Federation’s website in 3 languages with French soon to be added thanks to Auckland Justice Chris Cameron. Having information available in different languages was a Remit from Auckland at a previous Conference. 
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