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"Golden Era of Antibiotics is Fast Fading" - Scientist

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, May 20, 2018

Those attending the Association's Annual Luncheon today were warned of the imminent consequences of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

“It’s scary,” said guest speaker Dr Siouxsie Wiles, a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast and Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.

“We are looking at the end of the golden era of effective antibiotics. Bacteria are becoming resistant to all known antibiotics, the medicine cupboard’s bare, with no new versions coming forward”.

 “The work hinges on superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics” she says. “It’s important - just Imagine a world where because of this very real risk with no effective antibiotics, there will be fatal sicknesses, untreatable infections and no surgery.

She likens the detrimental effects of this on society similar to that of global warming, except she warns, the end of effective antibiotics has already arrived.

    Auckland Association Vice President Sherryl Wilson and today's guest speaker Dr Siouxie Wiles 

Dr Wiles combines her interests in bioluminescence (the likes of glow worms and fireflies) with research into bacteria: to better understand infectious diseases.

Siouxie Wiles also advocates demystifying science for the general public, and works to raise awareness of the sciences. Those at today’s dinner will vouch that she achieved both objectives during her talk. 

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. 

MP Honours Long-Serving Justices of the Peace

Ric Carlyon - Friday, April 13, 2018

Four Justices of the Peace had their long service recognised today at a function arranged by their local Member of Parliament. 

Mark Mitchell, MP for Rodney, hosted the ceremony at his Orewa office and thanked the four Justices from within his electorate for their community service."Justices of the Peace give sterling contribution" he said, "and functions like this provide the opportunity to thank them all". 

Retiring Justices of the Peace Ross Anderson of Millwater, (33 years' service), Terence Hoskin of Orewa (13 years) and Ian Schedewy of Warkworth (23 years) were each presented with certificates and their Retired Justice of the Peace badge. Trish Lockie of Orewa was presented with a certificate to mark her milestone of service. 

Two JPs and an MP! From left, Ross Anderson JP, Mark Mitchell MP and Garry Nicholls JP at today's ceremony 

The Justices were congratulated by President of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, Gary Nicholls, and Vice President, Sherryl Wilson. Garry thanked Mark Mitchell for hosting the function, noting that the MP is no stranger to the role of Justice of the Peace - his father, Lawrence Mitchell, is a long-serving JP.   

Some 30 Justices of the Peace from surrounding areas also attended to honour their colleagues. 

Briefs April Council Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Council of the Auckland Justice of the Peace Association met yesterday.

+ Tentatively, the date has been set for the Auckland Regional Conference: Sunday 30th September. Opportunity will again be taken to combine the Association’s Annual General Meeting.

+ Council has submitted an application to Auckland Council for funds to assist the work Justices contribute to the community, especially those who work at the many Service Desks across Greater Auckland

+ President Garry Nicholls advised that Justices have been co-opted as members of the Council to fill vacancies. Yvonne Hawkins, Ana-Marie de Vos Sanchez, Sharon Nicholson and Ginny Radford replace members who have recently resigned, and in the case of Ric Carlyon, been appointed Auckland Representative on the Board of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations. The secondments on Council continue until this year's Annual General Meeting.

+ Ric Carlyon bowed out as a member of the Council, thanking all those who in recent years have assisted him, particularly in the oversight of Service Desks, which he described as “the places where Justices most serve their communities, through 27 Support groups at nearly 60 locations”.

+ Council Member and Vice President Sherryl Wilson has been appointed to oversee Support Groups and Service Desks vice Ric Carlyon. Sherryl has advised that some co-opted Council members will be assisting as liaison people with Support Groups, filling gaps left by resignations.  

+The Association is starting its own Face Book page. After discussing, and deciding, matters of security, policy and protocols surrounding the on-line media, Council believes it will provide interest and benefit for members. Registrar Janet Thompson will be the administrator. The Association’s website will continue, presently being given a makeover. 

+ It was reported that good interest is being shown in the Association’s annual luncheon on Sunday 20th May at the Quality Hotel, Parnell, where the guest speaker will be Dr Siouxsie Wiles, 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. 

+ The latest series of Hub Training Meetings is underway and feedback from the first of these is very positive, with the changed format appreciated, especially time set aside for sharing and discussion. The meetings continue at various venues across Auckland each weekend until the end of the month.

+ Treasurer Geoff Pownall reported that some 25 Justices are 2 years in arrears with their subscriptions. Mid-year, they'll lose their membership as per the Association’s Rules. Each member will be advised of the situation in advance of the cut-off date

New Members Added to Auckland Association’s Council

Ric Carlyon - Friday, March 30, 2018

Changes have been announced to the membership of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association’s Council.

President, Garry Nicholls, says several members have been seconded to serve on Council, replacing those who have recently resigned.

Yvonne Hawkins, Sharon Nicholson and Ana Maria de Vos Sanchez have agreed to join Council,” says Garry, “and their experience and skills will be a most welcome addition”.

All three will serve until the Annual General Meeting in September.

“And then we have another member leaving Council, Ric Carlyon, who has been appointed Auckland Regional Representative and, thus, a member of the Board of Royal Federation of Justices Associations. In wishing Ric well in his new role, we will miss his contribution at Council meetings and looking after Service Desks”.

“This work, as Chair of the committee overseeing our Support Groups and Service Desks, will be taken over by our Vice President, 
Sherryl Wilson. We are fortunate to have Sherryl’s service given her knowledge and experience of Hubs, Support Groups and Service Desks, especially since we have Hub Education meetings scheduled throughout Auckland in the next month or so".

Briefs – March Council Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Notes from today's March meeting of the Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association held today: 

Regional Representative
Following Pat Samson’s elevation to Vice President of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations, moves are underway to fill the office he vacated, that of Auckland Regional Representative. Pat’s successor is appointed by the Board of the Federation and it’s understood it wishes to move quickly to fill the gap.  

Yellow Pages
There’s growing appetite to follow Auckland’s long-established policy to curtail lists of JPs in the Yellow Pages. Keeping the names up to date is a major task, with examples of names remaining as “current” long after the JP has died.  There’s a preference for “Find a JP” on-line, websites showing Service Desks and, possibly, an 0800 phone number to assist people to locate a Justice. 

Council, at its meeting today, seconded Yvonne Hawkins as a Council member. Yvonne is well known, especially in southern districts, and as a former trainer, and brings wide experience and skills. Yvonne is looking forward to serving on the Support Groups and Service Desks Committee and she’s also agreed to be Hub Manager for Central West as well as South. Also from today, Council Member Owen Goodwin has agreed to be Hub Manager for Lower North. 

Hub Training Sessions
These were mentioned at today’s meeting – there are 8 on the mainland (Waiheke has already had theirs) between April 7th and May 12th, some on Saturdays, some on Sundays and with a range of session times. Members can attend any one of the meetings: the content’s the same at each and attendance counts towards accreditation. See News item, 27 February, for details of all Hub meetings. 

Time goes fast when you’re having fun as a JP… and those “early adopters” of accreditation will find that quite soon they will need to seek re-accreditation.  The same eligibility applies – the online test plus attendance at training sessions. 

Moves are underway by Royal Federation to electronically record and process JP data from District Courts. Auckland Association welcomes this. As has been signaled for some time, it’s hoped collection of attendances etc at all 70 of our Service Desks can be done on-line, integrated with our new website now in development. Meantime, data is being collected and processed by Council Member Wallis Walker and, in short, the figures show we have an expanding business! 

Annual Luncheon 
Social Convenor, Council Member, Sherryl Wilson advised there are already more than 20 reservations for the Association’s Annual Luncheon… within a day or two of it being announced. It’s to be held on Sunday 20th May 2018 at Quality Hotel, Gladstone Road, Parnell, with guest speaker Siouxsie Wiles, microbiologist and science communicator. She’s Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Laboratory at the University of Auckland and was also one of the three finalists in the New Zealander of the Year Award this year.

Autumn Luncheon

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Auckland Justices of the Peace Association Council warmly invites members and partners to the upcoming and entertaining Autumn Luncheon
DATE:         Sunday 20 May 2017 (this is NOT Mother’s Day!)
TIME:          12.00pm – 2.30pm
VENUE:       The Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road, Parnell
GUEST:       Dr Siouxsie Wiles – “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.
COST:         $50.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar
                   There are limited places for this luncheon so do book early!
Please pay either by
Direct credit to the following bank account (our preferred method)
Bank:                   KiwiBank
A/c Name:           Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn
A/c Number:        38-9018-0314770-00
Reference:          Payer’s Surname and initial(s) / AJPA Lunch / MOJJP or telephone number
NB:  Please include all of the reference details prompted
OR by
Cheque posted to
Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn    

Auckland’s Remits at Conference...

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, March 08, 2018

Remits submitted to the Royal Federation of Justices Associations should give a taste of “what they are saying out there in the hinterland”. This year there were just 7 remits, 5 were from Auckland, but which provided incite just the same at this year's Federation Annual Conference just concluded in Christchurch.

Auckland's first remit sought to raise the standards in the delivery of Ministerial services to the community by investigating appointment procedure, enhancing accreditation, acknowledging changing workloads and realigning training. The remit was widely supported by Delegates but narrowly lost when it came to the vote. lost. 

Our next remit was agreed-to. It asks the Royal Federation to clarify the types of complaints that may be considered when the subject matter falls outside Ministerial roles and functions.  It was submitted that the Manual, the Justice of the Peace Act and the Code of Ethics give conflicting messages and that these need to be clarified, especially with recent increases in complainants who use the JP processes rather than more appropriate avenues.

A third Auckland remit was also carried which seeks to expand the number of new Service Desks financially supported by Royal Federation. To date each Association can apply for seeding funding for no more than 2 new Desks each year, and Auckland said there should be no limit, that the present rule effectively discriminates against larger Associations. 

But our fourth remit was not supported by Conference delegates… it wanted to change the method of on-going funding of Service Desks from the present “number of Desks” to “number of hours” attended at a Service Desk. Auckland pointed out that at some of its busy Desks there are two sessions each day - and in some cases two Justices rostered at each session - and so the current funding regime “per Desk” is anomalous. 

Auckland’s remit advocating an increase in funds from the Ministry of Justice for training was amended. Auckland said a grant of $100,000 from the Ministry for nation-wide education would be appropriate. Conference agreed with the sentiment, but did not like the concrete dollar figure, and the remit was amended accordingly… the Royal Federation to follow up.

Bay of Plenty Association could not make head-way at Conference with its remit seeking further pathways to accreditation of Justices. There should be alternatives to the present on-line process, the remit contended, such as criteria around attending training sessions, service on Association Councils and recently-inducted Justices. 

North Otago Association’s remit reiterated earlier attempts to hold Conference every other year. It was ruled that the remit ought to be a Notice of Motion so the remit was lost. Previous attempts at introducing biennial Conferences pointed out the statutory need for the Federation to have an Annual General Meeting to satisfy various requirements. And it’s noted that at this year’s Christchurch Conference, locations for Annual Conferences were set as far out as 2023.   


Auckland JP in High Office

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 05, 2018

Pat Samson, of Milford, has been elected Vice President of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations at its Annual Conference in Christchurch. Pat has long been a member of the Auckland Association’s Council and at the time of his election he was Auckland’s Representative on the Federation’s Board. Pat is very much a hands-on JP and is regularly rostered as the duty-Justice at the very busy Service Desk in the Milford Mall.  

Other executives elected are: President - Rachael O'Grady, Regional Representatives - Northern: Peter Osborne. Auckland: (to be advised). Central Districts: Sheridan Hickey. Southern: Cathy Hurst. Immediate Past President is Denise Hutchins.

Conference venues were confirmed for the following years:
2019 - Marlborough (Blenheim)
2020 - South Taranaki
2021 - Wellington 
2022 - Taranaki
2023 - Southland (Invercargill)

Sunday’s business also included consideration of the Federation’s annual budget, the capitation fee, communication grant and the NZ Justices Quarterly: all were adopted by Conference. 

Among concluding items of business were valedictories for Immediate Past President Graeme Kitto, leaving the Royal Federation Board after 7 years, and Terry Byrne after years.

Next year’s Conference will be held at the Marlborough Convention Centre in Blenheim, 1st - 3rd March.

Premieres for 2 Service Desks

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 05, 2018

Without lights, music or fanfare the curtain goes up tomorrow on a new performance at Matakana Cinema Complex, one that will be repeated every Tuesday at 10am for an indefinite season. Although no blockbuster, it’s hoped the weekly Tuesday session will prove popular with locals. 

It’s the new Service Desk situated in the Matakana Cinema Complex with “production” (rostering etc) in the hands of local JP Laurence McLeod. A “cast” (all JPs !) will star each Tuesday to provide the service. 

A first for Matakana Cinemas, beginning tomorrow, repeated every Tuesday

Those seeking JP services tomorrow may also want to take in the 10.30am session in the cinema  to see “Red Sparrow” but it’s the evening offering that seems most appropriate to suit the mood of a new Service Desk, the romantic comedy “Finding Your Feet” - but knowing the JPs involved it won’t take them long to settle in.

And at Albany it’s not about film, but books… the new Service Desk opened in the Albany Library on Saturday last. Sessions there are 10am – noon, filling an “after hours” gap in services already provided by Justices of the Peace on Monday afternoons in the nearby local Board Offices. 

Visitors to Whangaparoa Library have a further option to see a Justice of the Peace: from this month attendance has increased to 3 afternoons a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as Saturday mornings.  


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