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Annual General Meeting - 29th October

Ric Carlyon - Friday, October 10, 2014

The Association’s Annual General Meeting is being held on Wednesday 29th of October 2014 at the Visitors’ Centre, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell, beginning at 7.30pm.
When nominations for members of Council closed with the Registrar on the extended deadline, 1st October, there was only one name for the office of President and for that of Vice-President. “Colin Davis (President) and Selwyn Haworth (Vice President) will be elected unopposed” says Registrar, Roger Brookes, “and since there were but four nominations for five vacant positions on Council, Ken McKay, Kuan Yap, Susan Walker and Wallis Walker will be declared, unopposed. There will, however, be an election for Auckland’s Regional Representative, with two nominations received: Pat Samson and Wallis Walker”.

200 Years Ago Today...

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 8th October 1814

The “Active”, Mr. Dillon master, is expected to sail on a return voyage to New Zealand, in three weeks or a month, for the excellent purpose, as we understand, of setting down several Gentlemen of the Church Missionary Society, to commence the benign labour of opening the minds of the natives to those benevolent and just conceptions which adorn the Christian Religion, and which in a region of cannibals, will, it is much to be hoped, soon display its benefits, in putting an end to those horrible sacrifices, at the report of which we have so often shuddered.

Long Service Recognised

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 25, 2014

The recent Regional Conference was an occasion to recognise long service by two members of the Association.  President of the Royal Federation, Graeme Kitto, and Auckland's  Regional Representative on the Board of the Royal Federation, Wallis Walker, were on hand to present Dr Philip Harkness with a Certificate of Appreciation for 50 years’ service as a J.P.

Graeme Kitto, Dr Philip Harkness and Wallis Walker at the presentation

As well as J.P. duties, Philip is presently putting finishing touches to his book, soon to be published to help celebrate  Year of the J.P., an account of 200 years of J.P.s in New Zealand.

Suren Sharma with Wallis Walker and Graeme Kitto

Suren Sharma, of Manukau City, also received a Certificate of Appreciation and was thanked by both President, Graeme Kitto, and Regional Representative, Wallis Walker, for his contribution over 30 years as a J.P.

Preparations for Annual General Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Registrar Roger Brookes is reminding all members that the Association’s Annual General Meeting is being held
on Wednesday 29th of October 2014 at the Visitors’ Centre, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell, beginning
at 7.30pm. Off-street parking is available off Brighton Road near the intersection with St Stephens Ave.

Elections will be held for President, Vice President, Regional Representative and five Council Members. Nominations
for these positions, accompanied by CVs, close with the Registrar on 1st October 2014.

Members will receive this information, and other material about the AGM, in advance of the meeting.

Appointments of Patron, three Vice Patrons, the Honorary Auditors and the Honorary Solicitors will also be made at the AGM.

Update - Reception at Government House, Wellington

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Registrar Roger Brookes advises the closing date for RSVPs to the Reception at Government House, Wellington, is Tuesday 23rd September.

The Governor-General is hosting the function to help mark 200 years’ community service by J.P.s in Wellington on Tuesday 25th November 2014, 5.30 - 7pm. Allocation of places, pro-rata, means Auckland gets 40 invitations. There's no assistance with travel to or from Wellington, nor for accommodation.

Roger says any further Auckland J.P.s wishing to attend must advise him before the 23rd September so that if fewer than 40 are attending from Auckland, the unfilled places can be offered to other Associations.

A Glimpse into Auckland's Future

Ric Carlyon - Monday, September 15, 2014

Auckland’s shaping as dynamic, diverse and youthful according to Bruce Adin of the Ministry of Education, guest speaker at yesterday’s J.P.s’ Auckland Regional Conference.

Bruce analyses statistics to help ensure schools and education services meet future needs of our changing society.

Bruce Adin addressing Regional Conference

47 per cent of permanent and long-term arrivals in New Zealand decide to live in Auckland, Bruce told the gathering, with 72 per cent of Pasifika and 66 per cent of Asian students settling in Auckland.

“A big percentage of these students have English as a second language” he says, “and by far the greatest growth in schools nationwide will be in Auckland where there are already 180 different ethnicities. Almost 40 per cent of Aucklanders were not born in New Zealand. It's going to be a very divese community".

J.P.s at the meeting were left wondering what these trends mean for our future services. With nearly half the  immigrants settling in Auckland, look out for more INZ 1025s as those already living here apply to sponsor temporary entry for family and friends!

Saturday Service on Waiheke

Ric Carlyon - Friday, September 12, 2014

Waiheke residents can now access J.P.s on Saturday mornings.

The island’s Support Group is now rostering J.P.s for Saturday morning sessions, 10am to noon, at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) in Oneroa.

The Support Group believes this augments long-established and popular weekday services at the CAB, providing additional access to J.P.s for those islanders who work in the city but are home Saturday mornings.

Wanted : Court Ambassadors at Manukau

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Court Ambassadors are being appointed as an initiative in all the District Courts in the Northern Region… and JPs are invited to enlist at Manukau.  

It’s a volunteer programme very similar to those at Auckland Airport and various hospitals within Auckland. Court Ambassadors greet and assist visitors in the various Court buildings. The role is part- time: hours can be agreed with each volunteer.

The Ambassadors are required to assist those members of the public who have special needs and there’s an expectation they'll deliver exceptional customer service showing discretion, support, civility, tact and act in a non-judgmental way. All discussions need to remain confidential.


Court Ambassadors are given training in the layout of the court building and in how a court works and the different types of court hearings and successful applicants are provided with a blazer plus tie for men and scarf for women.

Anju Sood, Acting Court Service Manager of the Criminal Section at Manukau District Court says she’s looking for people to train as Ambassadors at Manukau District Court. “If you know of any family members, relatives or friends who may be interested in such a volunteer role please contact me and I will provide an application form”. 

Anju Sood Acting Court Service Manager – Criminal Section Manukau District Court, 
DDI 09 262 6197, Email Anju.Sood@justice.govt.nz 

General Election – Voting Starts

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Voting began today in the General Election accompanied by several campaigns to persuade electors to get in early. Several senior politicians led the way: they have already cast their votes.

Electors don’t need any reason to vote before Election Day, September 20th - they’ll be welcome at any of the early voting places between now and the day of polling on the 13th to cast either a local or special, out-of-electorate, vote.



The simple sign Voting has replaced the old “Polling Place” wording and from today there was a string of signs erected, directing shoppers from St Lukes Mall all the way to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and into the office there which is a temporary Voting Place.

Auckland’s Latest J.P.s

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Six JPs have been sworn in at a special sitting of Auckland District Court. They reside across a wide area of Auckland, from Arkles Bay in Mahurangi to Clendon in the south. 

They are Susan Hilda Cato-Symonds of Grey Lynn, Leah Nadine Davey: Takapuna, Jonathan Marshall: Arkles Bay, Sasidharan Nambissan: East Tamaki Heights, James Vaughan Savage: Clendon Park and Va’afusu’aga Tauafiafi     Falemalama Lutoi Tafililupetiamalie from Massey.

Fellow J.P.s welcome these six members as they embark on their journey of mentoring and service in their community.  

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