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Ric Carlyon - Monday, February 29, 2016

The Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations has a new President. 

Denise Hutchins took over the reins at the Federation’s National Conference in Dunedin at the weekend after serving some 4 years on the Board - 2 years as Central Region Representative and 2 as Vice President. Denise’s professional background has been in public health, for 44 years, and after retirement she continues as a consultant in the health sector. Appointed Justice of the Peace in 2002, she has progressed through all the executive offices in the Nelson Bays Association’s Council.

Auckland contingent to Conference pictured with new President Denise Hutchins, centre in blue.   

Rachel O’Grady is Vice President of the Federation. She was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2008, served on Wairoa sub-branch as Ministerial Trainer and in 2010 completed the Judicial  Course:  she has been sitting as Judicial JP in Wairoa and Gisborne since. As Northern Region Representative on the Board since 2013 Rachel’s duties have expanded to include the Legislation and Judicial Affairs portfolio. Rachel works in partnership with her husband on their beef and sheep farm in Kotemaori. 

Changing of the Guard: Graeme Kitto, outgoing President with Denise Hutchins
Background - Greg Weake, Kath Blair and Terry Byrne

Major Change: Biennial National Conferences

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, February 28, 2016

In a departure after holding National Conferences of Justices of the Peace for some 90 years, the Royal Federation will change to biennial conferences after 2018.

The suggestion to have conferences every second year was made by North Otago Justices of the Peace Association
at this weekend’s conference in Dunedin. In support of their remit, North Otago said travel and conference expenses were financially overwhelming smaller Associations, in some cases exceeding income. 

The remit was passed. 

The next two Annual Conferences are already arranged and will go ahead… next year in Rotorua and in Christchurch in 2018… after which Conferences will be held every other year. Royal Federation Board will figure out the form of Annual General Meetings in the “off years” enabling constitutional, etc, requirements to be satisfied: arrangements to be put to delegates at Rotorua next year.     

Changing Personal Details

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, February 27, 2016

In papers produced for the Royal Federation's Annual Conference, Justices are advised how best to register alterations to their personal details such as change of name, address, email, phone number etc.  

The Royal Federation’s website is the place to do this. On the Home Page choose Member Services, then click on My Account, and finally check into Account Maintenance. Make the changes to personal details and click on Save at the foot of the page. 

The benefits of advising changes in this way, Conference was advised, is that this action triggers an automatic email to Royal Federation,  to the Justice’s  own Association Registrar and to Ministry of Justice.  

The Board of Royal federation encourages all Justices to follow this preferred process.     

Auckland’s Remits at Conference.

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, February 27, 2016

Lost one, withdrew one
That’s the story about Auckland's remits at Royal Federation’s Annual Conference in Dunedin. 
Auckland advocated that Royal Federation policies ought to be able to be amended at annual conference by notice of motion from any one of the member Associations. The remit was argued that an Incorporated Society acting democratically should allow any member to amend policy they are to action, reversing past practice when Associations were not able to change policies once set by the Royal Federation’s Board. 
The remit was lost.
Auckland’s other remit called on the Royal Federation to endorse Auckland’s established “Active and Current” scheme which encourages  Justices of the Peace to (a) actively provide services to the community and (b) deliver competent services with up to date knowledge. The remit also called on Royal Federation to recommend Associations adopt the scheme as policy to best meet their needs. Auckland's "Active and Current" scheme was an alternative to accreditation proposals offered over the years.  
Auckland Association withdrew the remit after consultation with other Associations. While many perceived the advantages of the Active and Current policy, they believed it was too confusing to introduce it at the same time as the current accreditation procedure which will commence July 1st this year. They advised that they would not support the remit this year. Despite not seeking the endorsement of Conference for the policy, Auckland invited any association to use the policy as they desired, and to give us any feedback.
The remit was withdrawn. 

Conference Matters…

Ric Carlyon - Friday, February 26, 2016

The annual conference of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations began in Dunedin today. 

After being welcomed to the city by Mayor David Cull, the Minister of Immigration, Michael Woodhouse addressed conference on behalf of Simon Bridges, Associate Minister for Justice. Mr Woodhouse thanked Justices of the Peace for their continued work in the community, especially their attention to immigration matters. He said Justices need to be younger and more diverse. 

Conference attendees received a spirited welcome from a kapa haka party comprising students from Kings and Queens High Schools.

The President of the Law Commission, Sir Grant Hammond, addressing conference, spoke of initiatives in Justice which may include roles for Justices of the Peace. 

Auckland Association’s delegation to the 88th annual conference is led by President, Selwyn Haworth. 

5 New Justices of the Peace

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Auckland has 5 new Justices of the Peace, recently sworn in before Judge Phillipa Cunningham.
The appointments reflect the region’s diverse community.  
Jonathon Asi, a Filipino by birth, is an IT technician with tertiary qualifications in science, theology and technical subjects. He’s involved in sporting and organisations benefiting youth and immigrants. 
Michael Codlin, before retiring, was for 40 years in the telecommunications field.  He is a Lifeline counsellor and interviewer at his local Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
Aida Crombach was born in Peru, Spanish is her first language and she’s Honorary Consul for Peru, in which office she often assists Peruvians in Auckland. Ms Crombach teaches biology at Massey University’s Albany campus.
Kathleen Landsman, German-born, has spent most of her life in New Zealand, and has a record assisting community groups such as Birthright, Lifeline and Hospice North Shore. 
Claire Schoeller is well-used to public service - she works in the electorate office of Cabinet Minister Judith Collins. Claire has also service in numerous community and church organisations in Ponsonby. 

Recent Swearing. L- R: Selwyn Howarth, President Auckland Justices of the Peaces Assoc: Claire Schoeller: Judge Phillipa Cunningham: Kathleen Landsman: Aida Crombach and Jonathan Asi. Absent - Michael Codlin

May Luncheon: A Really 'Hip' Guest Speaker

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Members will have the opportunity to hear Billie Jordan of Waiheke Island at the Association’s May luncheon.

Billie’s behind what the Guinness Book of Records says “is the world’s oldest dance group”, a bunch of senior citizens, who took the world hip-hop champs in Las Vegas by storm! Billie will entertain our members at the luncheon, tracing the story how Waiheke pensioners aged between 65 and 95 took a new lease on life, convincing them to take up hip-hop, persuading them to persevere at practice and then to take their act to perform on the world stage!  "Hip-Op indeed!" 

This was no mean feat.  One member is legally blind and partially deaf, another uses a mobility aid while one woman is profoundly deaf. Walking sticks are common. Two members have had major heart surgery, many have artificial knees and hips, and all members have arthritis! But they do extraordinarly well for a group of seniors with no previous dance experience.  Billie Jordan’s story of entrepreneurial leadership has to be heard… starting on Waiheke after her “escape” from earthquake-torn Christchurch.  

 DATE:                    Sunday 15 May 2016 (this is NOT Mother’s Day!)

TIME:                    12 noon - 3.00pm

VENUE:                Wellington’s Restaurant, Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Road, Mt                                                  Wellington

COST:                    $58.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar


Please pay EITHER by:

Direct credit to the following bank account (our preferred method)

Bank:                  BNZ

A/c Name:          Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn

A/c Number:      02-0256-0333810-000

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

P O Box 108 229

Symonds Street

Auckland 1150

Bookings, with remittance, open now: there are limited places so book early!

Shhh! Revelations from the Database

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What goes on within the Association’s database usually stays inside the unfathomable fields, records and tables etc, best understood only by experts. 

But - just between you and me - the recently updated database has revealed the mundane, the sad and the amazing! 

The mundane, we suspect, often have stories behind them. Members’ changes of name (marriage?), altered addresses (moved into a new conjugal home or kicked out of the old one?) and some who are in arrears with their subscriptions (“what, exactly, is an email invoice?”).

The sad includes those the Association was unaware of who had died in office or have found they can no longer continue their Justice of the Peace services to the community. And, yes, I suppose it’s sad that some Justices of the Peace don’t want a bar of having anything to do with the Association. Their choice!  

The amazing was the revelation in the database that one of our members had paid his annual subscription for 2015/16 no fewer than 39 times! Treasurer Geoff Pownall welcomes prompt payments, but doubted this particular member was intentionally making advance payments for his membership well into the 2050s! Similarly, it was also improbable that these were recurring donations. Geoff investigated and while inquiries were underway the database showed further, regular payments. The answer - the member had inadvertently programmed his on-line bank to pay his subscription not annually, as intended, but on each business day! Unaware of the anomaly until Geoff’s inquiries, the member was grateful for the information and corrected the programme. Geoff processed the refunds.      

Members can play their part in keeping the database up to date - there’s a template in the members’ section on the Association’s website making it simple to advise change of address, etc 

Reminder - 20th February

Ric Carlyon - Monday, February 15, 2016

This Saturday has two important meetings scheduled for some of our Members.

Those who are coordinators of the Association’s 25 Service Groups will be at their annual gathering, representing Justices of the Peace across Greater Auckland, from Wellsford and Helensville, to Waiheke Island and in southern-most suburbs.  Service Groups provide grass-roots organisation and training, enabling best-practice services to the community. Dawn Jones, who oversees Service Groups, has arranged a fast-moving agenda with a number of interesting topics and speakers. 

This meeting will be immediately preceded by a gathering of those Justices of the Peace who are also Nominated Persons. These members respond at all times of the day and night to represent the interests of children and young persons before, and during, police interviews should the juveniles choose to answer questions. This meeting, organised by Neville Madden, is also a forum for revision and updating.

Annual Subscriptions

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Those members of the Association who have not yet paid this year’s annual subscription are in for a gentle nudge, reminding them it’s due. Subscriptions are important to the Association, the mainstay of income.

Those who are not financial stand out in the updated database of members - invoices will shortly be generated and sent out as a reminder. The subscription is $55 while it’s $18 for JP-Retired members.

For convenience, the invoice details various ways payment can be made.   

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