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Governor-General Leads 200th Celebrations

Ric Carlyon - Friday, November 28, 2014

The Governor-General spelled out the worthiness of J.P.s at a function at Government House Wellington to mark the 200th anniversary of the appointment of New Zealand’s first Justice of the Peace.

Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae said that Thomas Kendall ‘s appointment so early in the history of European settlement highlights how important J.P.s are in the orderly functioning of civil society.

“There can be few organisations that can boast 200 years of service in New Zealand,” the Governor General said, “and if Kendall was with us here today he might be astonished to see how the role has evolved since 1814, reflecting changed societal needs and norms. He would probably be delighted to see that JP services have been made easily accessible - in private residences, at service desks in libraries and citizens’ advice bureaux, and at courthouses.


The Governor-General greets Royal Federation President Graeme Kitto 

“What hasn’t changed in 200 years is the need for Justices of the Peace. The individuals and the institution that they represent are enduring. They are here to stay”.

“For many New Zealanders”, the Governor General said, “ a JP may be the only judicial officer we ever have contact with”.

“We can reflect on the long history of Justices of the Peace in our nation’s history. We can celebrate people who have freely contributed their time and expertise as JPs, who have helped with the functioning of this nation’s administration, and who have enabled their fellow citizens to meet their legal obligations”.

Life Member Injured in Bag-Snatch

Ric Carlyon - Monday, November 24, 2014

The Association, on behalf of all its members has sent long-time J.P. and Life Member, Alice Wylie, QSM, best wishes for a speedy recovery after she was assaulted in Mt Albert recently.

Perhaps the worst aspect, apart from her injuries, was that the 90 year old was attacked in broad daylight in Alice Wylie Reserve, a park off New North Road named after her, recalling her long and valuable service to the local community. She was vsiiting the park at the time, contemplating additions and improvements. 

Alice received injuries to one hand when the mugger went for her handbag. Notwithstanding, the elderly woman chased the young man across the park, but lost the offender as he made his getaway. She required hospital treatment.

Alice Wylie was Mt Albert Councillor for 27 years and Deputy Mayor. Appointed a J.P. in 1967, she served on the Association’s Council for 27 years and was the first woman on the Court Panel where she served for 26 years.

N.Z.’s First J.P. Departs Sydney

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A paragraph in the Ship News of the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, exactly 200 years ago today, signaled the departure of Thomas Kendall, New Zealand’s first Justice of the Peace, en route for Bay of Islands. His appointment as J.P. had been gazetted a week earlier.  

This morning the brig “Active”, for New Zealand, with the various Gentlemen and other persons comprising the Mission to that place, under the direction of the Rev. Mr. Marsden, whose toils for the accomplishment of the object has induced him to accompany the voyage. 

The brig "Active' by Richard Horner

“Gentlemen and other persons” referred to above included a total of 35 aboard “Active”: Captain Thomas Hansen, crew, members of the Christian Mission led by Samuel Marsden (with Thomas Kendall and family), intending settlers, and six Maori returning to New Zealand.

Captain Hansen's family members were among intended settlers, several convicts were included in the Mission’s team as helpers and Maori, led by Ruatara, were to introduce native chiefs to the Mission on its arrival at Bay of Islands.

Also carried was a collection of animals. Goats, horses, cats and dogs plus poultry and a bull and two cows, the first  cattle in New Zealand, Governor Macquarie's gift, specially selected from the Crown herd of New South Wales.
"The "Active" is a bit like Noah's ark", passenger John Nicholas recorded in his journal. 

[In hind-sight we know this was a false start to the Mission. “Active” did not clear Sydney Harbour as scheduled: a storm blew up and Captain Hansen was obliged to take shelter, delayed for more than a week just inside the Heads in Watsons Bay awaiting favourable conditions]  

200 Years On...Today’s J.P.

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, November 15, 2014

We’ve been looking back at our proud history as we celebrate 200 years since the appointment of New Zealand’s first J.P.

This has been augmented with a look at the range of modern Ministerial Duties carried out by today’s J.P. 

Go to back our Home Page and click on the panel “2014 – We celebrate 200 Years of J.P.s in New Zealand” to catch up with a representative rundown on diverse J. P. duties provided at a Service Desk in a suburban Auckland Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

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.   

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