Ric Carlyon - Sunday, May 20, 2018
Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 09, 2018
+ 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.
+ 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.
Ric Carlyon - Friday, April 13, 2018
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".
Two JPs and an MP! From left, Ross Anderson JP, Mark Mitchell MP and Garry Nicholls JP at today's ceremony
Ric Carlyon - Thursday, April 12, 2018
+ 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.
Ric Carlyon - Friday, March 30, 2018
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,
Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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.
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!
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.
Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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?”
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)
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
Cheque posted to
Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn
Ric Carlyon - Thursday, March 08, 2018
Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 05, 2018
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.
Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 05, 2018
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.
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