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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.       

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.

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