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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


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

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Reference:          Payer’s Surname and initial(s) / AJPA Lunch / MOJJP or telephone number

NB:  Please include all of the reference details prompted

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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.   

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.  

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