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Mai Chen to speak at Conference 2015

Selwyn Haworth - Thursday, November 13, 2014

Conference 2015 committee is proud to announce that Mai Chen has been confirmed as Saturday's plenary speaker at the Royal Federation's annual conference starting Friday 27 February 2015.    Mai will be known to many JPs for her many achievements, not only as Founding Partner of Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists, but also as an author, public speaker and winner of numerous awards including Business and Entrepreneur Women of Influence Award in 2013.   

Go to the Conference 2015 News tab and read more information about Mai Chen.    

To register for Conference 2015, go to Conference 2015 Registration tab.   Register NOW so you don't miss out on hearing Mai Chen speak (and also gain the early bird discounted fee).  


New Zealand’s First Justice of the Peace Appointed

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

200 Years Ago Today

“His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint Mr THOMAS KENDAL (Missionary) to be one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace in the Bay of Islands, in New Zealand, and throughout the Islands of New Zealand, and those immediately contiguous thereto. Mr. Kendal is therefore to be respected and obeyed as such throughout the said Islands and Places”.
By Command of His Excellency, The Governor.  J. T Campbell, Secretary
- The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser,  Saturday November 12, 1814, the proclamation appointing  Thomas Kendal (sic) as New Zealand’s first Justice of the Peace.

In the same newspaper the Governor also invested three Maori with authority to protect natives’ rights. Governor Macquarie wanted to prevent repetition of “injudicious and unwarrantable treatment” of New Zealanders and had provided for severe punishment for offenders.  Apart from the lawlessness, he said that these actions might prejudice and threaten productive trade between New Zealand New South Wales.

NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie: Appointed Thomas Kendall as N.Z.'s first J.P.

“Dewaterra” “Shungie” and “Korra Korra” quoted in the proclamation (Maori names Ruatara, Hongi and Korokoro) were thus especially empowered to support Kendall carry out the Governor’s orders that British or Colonial ships were not allowed to discharge and land sailors in New Zealand. The three helpers were also empowered to ensure no Maori were taken on as crew by visiting ships without Kendall’s prior permission and that of local Rangatira. 

The three Maori were in Sydney having accompanied Kendall back to Sydney after his earlier survey of the Bay of Islands and now they, along with Kendall, missionaries, tradespeople and settlers were preparing to depart for New Zealand on the brig “Active”. One by one the locals advertised their pending departure in the press, as required by law, so any outstanding debts could be settled.

Mission leader, Reverend Samuel Marsden, was also ready to sail: Governor Macquarie had granted him 4 months’ leave from his post as Principal Chaplain of New South Wales.

As of today’s date in 1814 the stage was set for “Active” to sail for Bay of Islands, its passengers intent on establishing the first Christian Mission and to commence pakeha settlement in New Zealand. Departure was scheduled for mid-November.

11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month....

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Today, 11th November, is the anniversary of the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany which in 1918 brought an end to First World War hostlities. 

An appropriate milestone to add the third of our items honouring Justices of the Peace who answered the call to arms and served at the front in that war.

In We Are Remembering Them, the latest is John A. Lee, a man of many parts, but written up here because of his soldiering and appointment as a J.P. Click on the panel on our Home Page to access his story.

Crime Rate Continues to Fall

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, November 09, 2014

Crime has reduced to a 35-year low,” says Justice Minister, Amy Adams.

In a weekend announcement the Minister says the Justice Sector has continued to make progress against its Better Public Service targets with further decreases to the total crime rate and youth crime in the latest quarter.

"Since June 2011, the total crime rate has dropped 17 percent (1 percent reduction in the June quarter) and the youth crime rate has dropped 33 percent (4 percent reduction in the June quarter). Over the past three years, violent and youth crime have continued to fall dramatically” says Ms Adams, with crime at a 35-year low”.“

Hon. Amy Adams, Miniser of Justice

“While the sector has achieved much in reducing the total and youth crime rates, it must continue to work to protect our society’s most vulnerable individuals – primarily women and children – from family violence and abuse’. The Minister says agencies across the justice sector are focused on this task”.

Better Public Service targets – which use June 2011 crime levels as a baseline – are aiming for a 15 per cent reduction in the rate of total crime, a 20 per cent reduction in the rate of violent crime, a 25 per cent reduction in the rate of youth crime and a 25 per cent reduction in the rate of re-offending by 2017. Some targets have already been met: these will be reset.

New Rules Take Effect

Ric Carlyon - Friday, November 07, 2014

The Association is now operating on a revised Constitution, now known as Rules, as agreed at the recent Annual General Meeting.

The resolution adopting the new draft Rules at that meeting included the provision that they would take effect immediately they were registered by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.

The Regstrar's office has advised receipt and registration of the new Rules, so the Association’s business is now being conducted according to the new Rules. 

President Colin Davis led reform of the old Constitution and it took a year of regular meetings, drafting, improvements, finalising versions and legal advice before the new Rules were presented to the AGM for consideration… and adoption.  

The new Rules can be viewed in Members Only section.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Rules for the Association, success for all the remits and a change in the Association’s Regional Representative emerged at the Association’s Annual General Meeting last night. 

The Rules - A year’s work considering, composing and compiling the Association’s Constitution… now called Rules… came to fruition when the meeting agreed to the proposed changes. 

President Colin Davis explained that every provision, clause, and word had been carefully scrutinised and he told the meeting he was confident the document reflects all requirements, modernised and written in everyday language.

“They have also been commended by our legal advisers” he told the meeting.
The new Rules will come into force once registered by Registrar of Incorporated Societies.

Colin Davis - re-elected President 2014 -15

Elections - Colin Davis was re-elected unopposed as President and Selwyn Haworth was, similarly, elected Vice PresidentThree nominations, all sitting members, were received for Council…  Ken McKay, Susan Walker and WalIis Walker and since there were fewer candidates offering than required, these three were declared elected. They join Ric Carlyon, Tamati Howard, Dawn Jones and Les Smith who have another year of their term to serve.
Pat Samson was elected Auckland’s Regional Representative to the Board of the Royal Federation and takes office early next year, vice Wallis Walker.

Remits - All those remits proposed for adoption were approved by the meeting and will now be taken forward to the Royal Federation's Annual Conference in Auckland next February... 
+ In the interests of transparency, voting figures should be announced after each election held during Annual Conference, 
+ The Ministry of Justice to distribute to all JPs a “hard copy”, up-to-date, Ministerial Manual before 2016. 
+ A brochure to be published before mid-2016 which explains JPs’ duties in different languages, thus recognising key non-English speaking communities in New Zealand. 
+ The meeting also approved the Auckland-inspired “Trained and Active” plan and requested Royal Federation to monitor this initiative with a view to it being introduced nation-wide to replace Accreditation, and, meantime asks Royal Federation to suspend moves to institute Accreditation.

Other items included confirmation of Patron (Senior High Court Justice Paul Heath, QC) and Vice Patrons, approval of the Association’s annual financial accounts and appointment of auditor and honorary solicitor.   

Help Sought in Manukau

Ric Carlyon - Monday, October 27, 2014

There are plans for yet another Service Desk, this time in the precincts of the Manukau District Court.

It's being estabklished at the request of the Courts Manager.

All 'trained + active' JPs  are invited to consider volunteering for the roster which is being compiled by the Manukau/South Auckland JP Support Group's coordinator, Sharon Nicholson. 

Please advise Sharon at  of your willingness and availability to serve on what will be Auckland's newest Service Desk.

Our New J.P.s

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Auckland has nine new Justices of the Peace.

They were sworn in during a ceremony at Auckland District Court yesterday with Judge Phillip Recordon presiding.

Our newest J.P.s are Ms Virginia Atilano from Glenfield: Dr Andrew Codling, Grey Lynn: Mr Pieter de Zwart, Pakuranga: Mr Del Johnston, Northpark: Mr Ken Kranich-Calitz, Northcote: Mr Seyed Mohamed Yoosuf, Mangere East: Ms Hansa Naran, Manurewa: Mr Pawan Pathela, Dannemora and Dr Jenny Te Paa-Daniel of St Heliers.

Seven of those sworn have made their home here, originally from Philippines, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and India.

200 Years of J.P. services in New Zealand

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Duties in earlier times were many and varied… some almost unbelievable.

Tasks connected with straying cattle, shipwrecks, hangings, offensive publications and verifying world record performances. J.P.s investigated the cause of fires, swore in special police constables and read the Riot Act.

See the details, another of our special website articles: click on 2014 - We Celebrate 200 Years of JPs in N. Z. on our home page.

Thomas Kendall: Now, the Opera

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, October 12, 2014

There’s wide acclaim for This Other Eden, an opera based on the life and times of New Zealand’s first J.P. The work had its world premiere this week in Dunedin.

The score’s by Anthony Ritchie who says Kendall’s story,as one of New Zealand's first missionaries in 1814, provided ideal material for an opera. “He was an idealist, a visionary, excited about the maori world and its religions, thinking tangata whenua may have been the Lost Tribe of Israel", Ritchie told National Radio’s Standing Room Only.

Kendall’s story, originally written by Michelanne Forster in 1995, emerges in her adapted libretto told through the eyes of his wife, Jane. Both their affairs outside the marriage are revealed in the opera: hers with a convict while Kendall was in London, his with a Maori woman on his return.

Ritchie has woven Maori music into the performance, instrumentalists playing traditional taonga puoro, which, he says allows improvisation and provides approriate setting.

“Every aspect of This Other Eden is a delight, from the opera's libretto and score to Opera Otago's superb interpretation of this important new work,” says critic Brenda Harwood on N.Z. Theatre Review’s website. “This is New Zealand history as we have never seen it before, and is a brilliant addition to this country's opera tradition. Highly recommended.” 

The inaugural short season continues at Mayfair Theatre as part of Arts Festival, Dunedin.       

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