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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 

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.  

New 18+ Application Forms

Ric Carlyon - Monday, September 01, 2014

Officially, from today, JPs can expect to be presented with new application forms for the 18+, Evidence of Age document. 

The new form is still issued by the Hospitality Association of New Zealand and processed at NZ Post’s PostShops. 

The latest version of the application form has a fresh, modern design and it’s similar to the old one in that the same proof of identity is required together with a recent photo… along the applicant’s Statutory Declaration saying “everything in this form is true”.

JPs will find the Statutory Declaration is step 6 in the process, not with the wording “Statutory Declaration” as such, but look out for this…

Step 6 | Official statement that you are telling the truth…

which includes the usual “solemnly and sincerely declare…. etc” and wording designed to be easily understood by young people.

Old application forms will still be acceptable until supplies are exhausted. The 18+ card has also been redesigned.

Registrations Open for Regional Conference

Ric Carlyon - Friday, August 29, 2014

This year’s Auckland Regional Conference is being held on Sunday 14th September 10am - 3pm at Alexandra Park, Epsom. Registrations are now open – the form’s found in the Members’ Section of our website and can be returned  on-line (see below for details to access Members' Section)

A varied programme has been arranged by Wallis Walker, Auckland Regional Representative to Royal Federation.

Included is an address by Bruce Adin speaking on Population Trends, updates on Support Groups and further information on the “Active and Trained” initiative – a move to get more JPs involved in community service. 

There’s also opportunity for members to suggest remits for next year’s National Conference in Auckland.

Members: Access the Members Section of the website this way…. on the Any Page ...

Enter Username: your surname and JP number e.g. Bloggs92345 (if your number is fewer than 5 letters put noughts in front to make it up to 5 numbers)

Enter Password: your date of birth ddmmyyyy, e.g.  21st May 1999 will be  21051999

Press Log In and go to Regional Conference 2014.  

For a direct link click here for the the Region Conference Page

Use of the Letters "J.P."

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Association has recently received several expressions of concern regarding the use of the letters 'JP' and/or the words 'Justice of the Peace' by JPs who are also marriage/civil union celebrants.

From time to time we also receive complaints about other professionals using the letters 'JP' and/or the words 'Justice of the Peace'.

In 2010 the Royal Federation conference discussed and agreed on guidelines for the use of 'JP' and/or 'Justice of the Peace'.  These guidelines can be found in the members' section of  the Association's website.

All JPs are reminded that the letters ‘JP’ or the words 'Justice of the Peace' should never give the impression of furthering trade, business or professional interests.

Acknowledgement at Manukau

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, August 24, 2014

Judicial Justices of the Peace who regularly sit in Manukau District Court recently attended a special morning tea, arranged by Court management to recognise the J.P.s’ work and to thank them.

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