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200th Anniversary: 15 New JP's Sworn In

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

15 new Justices of the Peace have been sworn-in during a special sitting of the District Court,Judge Philip Recordon presiding. Family members and friends also attended. 

Wallis Walker represented the Royal Federation, accompanied by Teresa Bullock, J.P./Magistrate from the UK who is currently visiting Auckland. Teresa has been here previously so is familiar with the J.P. set-up in New Zealand… she has spoken at an Auckland J.P.s’ Association Council meeting and has observed several of our courts in session.
During yesterday’s ceremony Teresa accepted Judge Recordon’s invitation to address the court and comment on how the UK’s system differs from ours.

Both the Judge and the President of the Auckland JPs’ Association, Colin Davis, in their addreses from the Bench, referred to the historical significance of the date the 15 were formally appointed, 12th November 2014, exactly 200 years since New Zealand’s first JP, Thomas Kendall, took office. 

The 15 new J.P.s are Mrs Claire Ashcroft, Te Atatu South: Dr Adrian Blaser, Massey: Dr Wendell Dunn, Takapuna:
Ms Maria Faitua, Otahuhu: Mr Don Graham, Orakei: Mr Graham King, Henderson: Mr Afa Manoa, Favona: Mr Ralph Martin, Kaukapakapa: Mr Kevin Myers, Albany: Mrs Satya Prasad, East Tamaki: Cdr Frank Rands, Orewa: Mrs Ana Solia, Ormiston.

12 more Auckland J.P.s were appointed on the historic date, 12th November, and will be sworn in at a later date.

N.Z.‘s First J.P. on His Way

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thomas Kendall, the first Justice of the Peace appointed for New Zealand, is en route to the Colony, the brig “Active” having been sighted by shipping two days out from Sydney Heads. The ship cleared the harbour entrance on the 28th November 1814.

"Active", carrying a party to set up New Zealand’s first christian mission, was held up for nearly a week after it left Sydney docks, sheltering from stormy weather in Watsons Bay.

Aboard the ship are the missionaries headed by the Reverend Samuel Marsden, the extended Hansen family as intending settlers, labourers and 8 Maori returning to New Zealand. There’s also a cargo of livestock, cats, dogs and poultry.

Kendall, whose part in the Mission is to be school-teacher, while doubling as a J.P., will be part of those intending to lay foundations for a new colony.

Captain Thomas Hansen estimates that with a fair wind and no more storms “Active” will arrive in New Zealand waters within the month. 

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.

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