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Magna Carta's 800th Anniversary Marked

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, June 14, 2015

Auckland joined celebrations being held today in England and around the world to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede near Windsor. Tonight’s choral evensong in Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Parnell honoured the Magna Carta... the Great Charter... the foundation of democracy and our rule of law. 
A number of Justices of the Peace attended the service, reflecting that the Magna Carta’s principles bear on almost every duty they carry out.
The service was led by the Dean, the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore and the lessons were read by the Chief Justice, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias and Bruce Gray, QC.
There were several reminders during the service about how the 800 year old charter has stood the test of time, its fundamentals still relevant to society today.
But in her address, Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marchant, Chair of the Magna Carta 800 Committee for New Zealand, looked ahead - saying the charter’s principles must be retained in the future and not just for us, but for other countries where justice and human rights continue to be at risk.      

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