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Justices of the Peace Honoured

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, January 21, 2016

Congratulations to the Justices of the Peace named in the recent New Year Honours List. 
Ms Virginia Margaret Radford, QSO, of Hillsborough, Auckland, was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Girl Guides. 
Mr William Peter Francis of Parnell, Auckland was made Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and cricket, while the same honour goes to Mrs Dianne Glenn of Pukekohe, for her work with disabled women and for the environment. 
Three Justices of the Peace become Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit: Mr William Morgan Bly of Woodville for community services, Ms Te Aroha Paenga of Auckland for services to Maori and Mr Christopher Turver of Otaki for his services to journalism, local government and the community.
And Justices of the Peace also figure in the list of those honoured with the Queen’s Service Medal: Mrs Mary-Anne Mereana Crawford of Tolaga Bay, Mr Bruce William Peter Cronin of Tauranga, and Mrs Honora Mary Martelletti of Matamata for community services, Mrs Shefali Mehta, of Waterview, Auckland for services to the Indian community, Mr Lani Tupu of Martinborough for services to the Pacific community and Mrs Diane Ellen Gray Wilson of Green Bay, Auckland, for  services to genealogy and the community.

Accounts to 30 June 2015

Selwyn Haworth - Friday, January 15, 2016

These accounts with comment can now be viewed under "Meetings" in the members' pages. 

Holiday Arrangements

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, December 24, 2015

During the holiday period from now until 18th January 2016 a limited service will be available while Justices of the Peace enjoy a well-deserved break.  
If you’re seeking the services of a Justice of the Peace click on the “Find a JP” tab at the top of this page…  this gives you several search options to find a Justice of the Peace near you. You may need to try a number of Justices to gain assistance over the holiday period.
For other urgent matters relating to our Association, (and not relating to finding the services of a Justice), these are the holiday contacts:
email     or text 021 0611 332 or
email    or text 021 711 288 or
email    or text 021 371 370

Compliments of the season from the President, Members of Council, Registrar and Treasurer with all best wishes for the New Year. 

Council Briefs

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, December 10, 2015

From Council's December Meeting held yesterday: 

Council member Les Smith reported that the 3 Justices of the Peace who trained for Judicial duties have passed on-line studies, as well as the practicum, and are expected to begin duties on the Bench in the new year. Meantime, 3 more Justices have been selected to train.

The Association’s social calendar resumes after a break with a mid-year luncheon planned at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, on Sunday May 15th. Sherryl Wilson, Council member, promises a dynamic speaker (to be advised) to add to the occasion.

Support Groups: 
Dawn Jones, who oversees these groups for Council, advised there are now 25 across Greater Auckland with the possibility of a new one at New Lynn and amalgamation of Pt Chevalier and Mt Albert. Another date to be noted, this time by Support Group coordinators, a combined meeting at Auckland District Court on 20 February 2016.

Nominated Persons:
Also in February, Council member Neville Madden has arranged a refresher-workshop for those Justices who are also Nominated Persons under Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act. 

Ministerial Duties Training
Garry Nicholls told Council that the next induction training session for new Justices of the Peace will be held before Christmas while the same tight timetable applies to begin the selection process for 13 candidates.  

Service Desks Stats: 
There are still wide gaps in reporting processes by many Service Desks, Ian Marshall advised members, which he says impairs statistics covering duties performed by Justices of the Peace at the more than 50 Desks in Auckland. Ian wants to simplify gathering this information and suggests a central, easily-accessible on-line repository. “As it is, with not all Desks (by far!) reporting, some 27,000 documents are processed by Justices each month”.  

Those Association members who have not paid their annual subscription (about two-thirds the membership) are reminded that these are now due. Pay now… don’t wait for the reminder notice to jog your memory! 

Christmas Break: It was agreed the Registry Office will be closed from 23rd December to 18th January with facility put in place to answer any urgent inquiries over this period

International Volunteer Day

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, December 05, 2015

Today is International Volunteer Day (IV Day), a United Nations-led initiative, with the theme this year ‘Transforming Governance’. 

This emphasises the power volunteers have to change the world through leadership and to help achieve the UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ which rely heavily on the engagement, commitment and hard work of volunteers.

Active and trained Justices of the Peace can claim their contribution to New Zealand’s record, boasting the highest rate of volunteering in the OECD. Kiwis spend an average of 13 minutes a day volunteering compared to the global average of 4 minutes a day. (Better Life Index, 2015)

"On this day we celebrate the power of volunteerism.  Volunteering fosters creativity, draws strength from our passions
 and connects us to those who need us most." 
-Secretary-General, UN, Ban Ki-moon

Volunteers are essential to achieve services to the community and our Association. 

Today, especially, is the day to reflect on this…. 

Remits for Next Conference

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Delegates will be asked to consider a number of remits at next year’s Annual Conference of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations to be held in Dunedin. They cover a wide range of Justice of the Peace activities and administration. 

Treaty of Waitangi 
The Board of the Federation has proposed that recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi is included in the Federation’s Constitution, given effect by adding ‘Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations Incorporated recognises Te Tiriti O Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi, and endeavours to adhere to its principles’. The Board notes “… the constitution is currently silent on both bi-culturalism and multiculturalism, it is appropriate that we initially address our obligation to bi-culturalism, then work towards the recognition of multiculturalism…”.

Machinery Matters
Auckland Association has put in several Remits - one proposes that Federation policies may be amended by Notice of Motion by any member-Association, another that the Communications Grant paid out to Associations is increased, but without affecting capitation fees, and a third seeks an increase in the scope of training activities which qualify for reimbursement. 

Alternative Measure
Auckland is also advocating an “Active and Trained” policy for Justices of the Peace which, it says, provides a non-bureaucratic and measurable way of ensuring Justices are active, available and effective as they serve their communities.

JP Retired 
Bay of Plenty wants the Justice of the Peace Act changed to enable “J.P. Retired” status to be accorded those who have served fewer that 10 years, the minimum qualifying service in present legislation. 

Bay of Plenty, following resolutions at this year’s Rotorua Regional Conference, will move that half-day educational workshops be incorporated into National and Regional Conferences. “Education is increasingly important,” the remit contends, “as we move forward to accreditation, as we educate Justices for new roles, for changes in law and in the training of new Justices”.

Biennial Conferences? 
North Otago Association has a remit proposing that the Federation’s annual national conference is held every two years, with biennial regional conferences in intervening years. The remit says the annual travel, accommodation and fees have become too expensive for smaller associations: every second year would save money for both member-Associations and individuals. 

The conference is in Dunedin 24-28 February 2016.  

Council Briefs

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

From Council’s October Meeting held today…
Looking Ahead
Council has committed to have the final draft of Association’s 5 Year Business Plan completed in the early New Year. Originally researched and drafted last financial year, the document will be up-dated and reported back to Council in February for ratification.

Meeting of Support Group Coordinators
Councillors heard that the date has been confirmed for the next meeting of Support Group Coordinators. It’s 20 February 2016, at the Auckland District Court from 10am to noon. Dawn Jones, who oversees Support Groups on behalf of Council, says there are a number of updates and matters to be discussed, among them the Active and Current policy which all Justices of the Peace are expected to follow, especially those who through Support Groups, serve at Service Desks. 

Service Certificates
Council wants to hear from long-serving Justices who are due their service certificates. “We want to ensure appropriate awards are made to our eligible members”, says President Selwyn Haworth, “particularly those who have served their communities for 30, 40 or 50 years. We realise some awards have not been presented and we want to remedy this”. Justices with long service who have not received appropriate awards should contact the Registrar. 

Dunedin Conference
Preparations are well underway for Auckland's delegation to attend the annual conference of the Royal Federation of Justices Associations in Dunedin, 26th -28th February.  Work has begun on several remits that Auckland plans to advocate and the decision’s firming about those Councillors who will be attending. Observers are welcome at the Conference - perhaps other Auckland members might like to spend some time in Dunedin worked around a holiday in Otago.

New Registrar
Peter Montgomery, the Auckland Association's new Registrar was welcomed this morning at the first Council meeting he has attended since his appointment. New Treasurer, Geoff Pownall, as earlier advised, is on a long-planned overseas trip: he will meet members of Council around the table at their next meeting in December. 

Registrar Brookes Bows Out

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Retiring Registrar Roger Bookes, JP, in a farewell message to members of the Auckland Association has advised that Peter Montgomery (new Registrar) and Geoff Pownall (Treasurer) have commenced duties. 

“Our Association”, Roger says, “promises to prosper and benefit greatly from the extensive and relevant experience Peter and Geoff bring to our administration”.

“As I bow out I express thanks for the support, goodwill, trust and friendship that have been extended to me in the past 11½ years. Over this time I have been privileged to work with 7 Presidents, 12 Councils, several regional reps, trainers and support group coordinators whose efforts for the benefit of fellow members and the public cannot be commended highly enough”.

“The collective work of all our members is also very impressive; 35% of all New Zealanders obtain their JP services from our Association's members”.

 “I thank you for the satisfaction I have experienced from my direct and indirect involvement with all members and I wish you the very best in the future”.

 Roger will continue community work as Justice of the Peace and will retain close contact with the Association's work - he has agreed to be the liaison point -of-contact to help and advise Support Groups in Auckland’s Central and Western Districts. 

Bill Mudgway Remembered

Ric Carlyon - Monday, November 02, 2015

Many Justices of the Peace were in the congregation to farewell Bill Mudgway during his funeral at Howick this afternoon.

William George Mudgway, QSM, JP died last week aged 93. He was a long-time Justice of the Peace, serving for a time on the Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association. 

Those at his well-attended service learned of the string of many other community services Bill contributed… including to Grey Power, Local Community Board, District Health Board Committee and numerous Howick organisations, on top of which he was also a Marriage Celebrant. Bill was much better known to a wider public for his commentating of wrestling matches from the Auckland Town Hall and, more recently,  for his “Eye In The Sky” traffic reports which he gave mornings and evenings for many years, relayed from a Cessna plane and broadcast over Radio i. Bill was also the voice of the Speedway for nearly 45 years, first at Newmarket and then at Western Springs Stadium where his voice was synonymous with the sport for several generations of drivers and fans.

Review of Communications

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, October 31, 2015

The recent nation-wide communications survey among Justices of the Peace has been a great success. 40 per cent of those canvassed answered the questionnaire.

The survey sought information from 5,844 individual Justices and the 29 Regional Associations, asking how they currently receive communications and their preferences for the future.

It’s the first survey undertaken of the total membership across the country, a combination of on-line email and hard-copy, attempting to gauge “grass roots” opinion and views.   

Questions centred on information exchange with the Royal Federation of Justices Association and Regional Associations, including the magazine “Justices’ Quarterly”, websites, email and hard copy.

The Review Committee says the pleasing response to the survey justifies the effort and expense and has provided invaluable information which will result in meaningful recommendations to the Royal Federation’s Board. The survey is part of an ongoing review of communications being undertaken by the Board as it updates its Strategic Plan 2015-20.

Results of the survey will be published in the Summer edition of “Justices’ Quarterly”. 

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