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Update - 2015 Conference - Auckland

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yes, we are hosting the 2015 Conference... and first registrations are in!

Chairman of the organising committee, Selwyn Haworth, updated the Council on preparations at its recent meeting. “The budget’s been approved,” he advised, “the venue at Spencer on Byron (at Takapuna) will provide a great venue, February 27 – March 1st, and the theme, “The Changing Skyline of Justice”, provides ample scope for worthwhile direction and discussion”.

"This new website is the vehicle for conference registration and learning what is news – all under the Conference 2015 tab".

To help cover costs of the conference J.P.s and others are being asked to sponsor the event –
Patron for $1,000 secures full registration, recognition, priorities and a tax deductible donation receipt
Associate of Conference ($500) full registration and recognition, and a tax deductible donation receipt
Friend of Conference (minimum $50), recognition and a tax deductible donation receipt.
A raffle will be circulated to all Auckland members to assist fundraising.


Jim Blackman's Death

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, June 21, 2014

Former Auckland Association Council member Jim Blackman J.P. has died at his Taranaki home.

Jim retired after many years in the television industry and decided to return to his roots in Taranaki which meant he resigned from Council earlier this year.

Auckland Justices of the Peace Association President, Colin Davis, says as a recent member of the Association’s Council, and bringing his experience as CEO of Triangle TV, Jim made a significant contribution to the Council’s deliberations. “He involved himself in all facets of the JP role - ministerial, judicial, issuing officer, nominated persons,” says Colin, “and Jim was generous with his time, vigorous in his approach to tasks, passionate and personable”.

“After he went to New Plymouth Jim continued to take a keen interest in the Association and followed the development of projects he put in train while a Council member. He will be missed”.

The Association's New Patron

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Association has a new Patron, pro tem, until confirmed at our Annual General Meeting.

He’s the Honourable Justice Paul Heath QC who succeeds the Honourable Justice Rodney Hansen CNZM who recently retired from the Bench.

Justice Paul Heath graduated LLB in 1978 from the University of Auckland and was admitted to the bar in the same year.  After a period with the Department of Justice at Auckland as an investigating solicitor he went into private practice which took him to Australia and admission to the bar in the Capital Territory.

Soon after his return to New Zealand he commenced practice as a barrister sole in 1998. Justice Heath was a consultant to the New Zealand Law Commission from 1997 to 1999 and was then appointed a part-time Commissioner for three years. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1998 and a High Court judge in 2002. Justice Heath is based at the Auckland High Court. The appointment as Patron was made by the Association’s Council at its recent meeting.

Council also resolved to formally thank Justice Rodney Hansen for his term in office.

Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Two Auckland Justices of the Peace are named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mrs Marie Quinn is made a member of the Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to business and the community while Mr Sun-Ha Hwang of Henderson receives the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to the Korean community. 

On behalf of all members of the Association, President Colin Davis, has congratulated both Mrs Quinn and Mr Hwang on receiving recognition for their work.

The President says Auckland members will also be pleased to note three other awards in the same list.

The Honourable Justice Ronald Hansen, QC, our Association's appointed Patron, has been made a Companion of the Order of Merit (CNZM)  for services to the judiciary.Judge Hansen has recently retired from the High Court. 

Judge Jeremy Philip (Phil) Gittos was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for services to the judiciary. “Judge Gittos is held in very high esteem by our Association and in particular the Judicial JPs,” says Colin. “As Liaison Judge he was well respected and a friend of Justices of the Peace and of the Auckland Association”.

“The other J.P. that Aucklanders will be particularly pleased to see in the List is Anthony (Tony) Israel of Taupo who has the distinction of his citation saying ‘for services as a Justice of the Peace’, very apt in this year, The Year of the J.P.  Although he lives in Taupo, Tony is a member of our Association. As well as many years’ membership on local and regional organisations, Tony followed in his late father’s footsteps in 1997 and became President of the Royal Federation. 

“Harry Israel, Q.S.O., was President of our Association for 8 years,” says Colin Davis, “and for 3 years he was Northern Regional representative”. The fact that both father and son have served as President of the Royal Federation is unique and Tony’s name in the latest list now means both father and son have been honoured by the Queen. Tony has been a J.P. since 1977 and receives the Queen’s Service Medal (Q.S.M.).

Notice of Auckland Regional Conference

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Auckland Regional Conference will be held  at Alexandra Park, Epsom, on Sunday 14th Sept from 10am to 3pm.
The Programme will include:
+ Bruce Adin speaking on Population Trends

+ Ministerial Education Updates

+ Royal Federation updates from Wallis Walker Regional Rep and Graeme Kitto, President

+ What’s news on websites

+ Discussion groups and

+ An opportunity to put forward remits for Conference 2015 in Auckland.

Registration of $20 includes a light lunch and refreshments. Registration forms available in August.

- Wallis Walker, Auckland Regional Representative to RFNZJPA.

Seven New JPs in Auckland

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Seven Justices of the Peace have been sworn into office, the ceremony conducted by Judge Philip Recordon in the Auckland District Court.

Family and friends of the new JPs were present, along with representatives of the Association led by President, Colin Davis. In congratulating our latest JPs, the President told the gathering that Justices of the Peace are quiet achievers. “JPs work tirelessly for their community. Don’t expect public recognition for your services, the appointment’s not an honour although you have been appointed because your community holds you in high regard”.

Those sworn in  are Uzra Casuri Balouch of Albany,  Sandra Maree Becroft of Wellsford, Stevan Lourie Cole of Hillcrest, Bernice Gail Judge, Kohimarama, Michael John Keech from Auckland Central, Donna Fay Mitchell of Milford  and  Jennifer Ekueta Tapu of Papatoetoe.

The new JPs were invited to join their nearest Support Group, undertake confidence-building with a mentor and play their part, rostered to one of the Service Desks.

Update - Royal Federation of NZ Justices Associations

Ric Carlyon - Monday, May 26, 2014

From Wallis Walker, Auckland Regional Representative to RFNZJA

+ 2014 Conference in Waitangi started the Year of JPs in grand style with celebrations of 200 years of service of JPs in NZ. We have much to be proud of so please take the opportunities to let the public know of the huge contribution we make to justice in NZ. Enacting justice in our communities through taking declarations, affidavits, affirmations, witnessing signatures, all contribute hugely to our economy and our democratic way of life.

+ Royal Federation of NZ Justices Associations (RFNZJA) website is full of information to help you with your role as a JP and keep you up to date with events.

+ The RFNZJA Board decided to have a special issue of JQ to celebrate 200 years. If you have any anecdotes about you or your relations’ experiences as JPs, Geoff Davies, editor would welcome these, along with any advertisers wishing to congratulate JPs on their 200th year. This would help with costs. Geoff Davies email is

+ Dr Philip Harkness continues his work on writing a book on the past 200 years of JPs in NZ. He’s  hoping to have it printed later this year and available to you in 2015.

+ Conference 2014 made a decision not to continue the policy on accreditation. The Board will be considering what next. I am interested in hearing your opinions on this and the related practising certificates previously agreed to by RFNZJA.

+ The Board is also preparing a Strategic Plan for the next 3 years and this will guide our application for government funding. Unfortunately over the past 3 years the Board has not been able to do all the things it would like to, due to limitations of funding.

+ To help the dedicated volunteers who work hard in governing JP Associations the Board gained some sponsorship and, along with interest from the Education Trust, are running a 2 day Emerging Leaders Seminar in July. Congratulations to Yvonne Hawkins and Jade Wood from Auckland on being selected for this seminar along with the following; Geoff Abbott, Northland: Cathy Hurst, North Otago: Brian Hurst, Nelson Tasman: James Wilson, Eastern Bay of Plenty: Jane Lacey, Wellington: Peter Pritchard, Hauraki: Phyllis Rintoul, Far North: A. Christine Small, Rotorua: Ken Swinney, Southland: Tangi Utikere, Central Districts: Janet Williams, Waikato: Stephen Wise, Ashburton
and Gary Pollack, Hawkes Bay.

Boys will be boys .....

Ric Carlyon - Friday, May 23, 2014

It is reported in the Melbourne Age - Victoria, Australia`s largest daily newspaper, that Judge Simon Phelan who was assigned to hearing a case before the Children’s Court of Victoria, excused himself twice from the bench when he broke out into uncontrollable bouts of laughter during his passing judgement on two young teenage boys aged 14 & 15, who were in front of him, on a charge of causing Public Disorder.

The facts of the matter were, these two lads had sneaked into the Omar Bin Al-Kattab mosque in Preston, Victoria, some minutes after Friday evening prayers had commenced and more than 1,000 worshipers were in attendance.

The lads set about rearranging 1,058 individual shoes, from the pairs that worshippers had neatly placed outside the prayer chamber, before entering.

This `prank` had the effect of completely mixing up the shoes, making it difficult and an extremely frustrating task for the owners to locate their own pair.

Unfortunately the lads were flat-footed when apprehended by two late-comer worshippers who arrived to find the boys hard at work mixing up the pairs of shoes. The worshippers were not quite as amused as the boys and reported them.

On his third attempt of conveying a stern and suitable punishment for their misdemeanor, Judge Phelan composed himself sufficiently to sentence both lads to 100 hours’ community service at the Preston mosque, under the watchful eye of Australia's leading Muslim cleric, Sheik Fehmi Naji El-Imam.





Briefs from Council’s May Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, May 22, 2014

+ Within days of being re-organised, it was reported, and welcomed, that Waiheke Support Group had arranged its first activity: training with Rex Chandler, to brush up on Ministerial duties. This, Dawn Jones, told Council, is typical of Support Groups taking every opportunity to include training in their activities - it’s become an essential part of their meetings

+ Council adopted the document Arrangements for Service Desks which details guidelines for establishing and maintaining Service Desks: facilities fast becoming the most popular way for JPs to serve their community. “The Arrangement provides advice for new Service Desks…” Convener Ric Carlyon advised Council, “…and gives a good base document for those already successfully operating”.

+ Good progress is being made for next year’s Royal Federation Conference which Auckland Association is hosting at Spencer on Byron, Takapuna, February 27, ‘15. Organising Committee Chairman, Selwyn Haworth, told the meeting that budget-setting, setting the programme, arranging partners’ programmes and other plans are well advanced for a successful event. Wallis Walker said the Royal Federation’s Board has approved the programme proposed by the host Association.

+ Auckland’s the venue for another event – Regional Representative, Wallis Walker, also advised that the Regional Ministerial Seminar for JP trainers in the northern part of New Zealand has returned to the calendar after a break, and will be held in Auckland with a tentative date 23rd August.

+ The review of the Association’s Constitution is almost complete, President Colin Davis reported, and in a week or two the final draft will be approved. It will be circulated to Support Groups for comment and will be submitted to this year’s Annual General Meeting for ratification.

+ This year’s Auckland Regional Conference will be held on Sunday 14th September at Alexandra Park. Wallis Walker said an interesting programme is scheduled including the Year of the JP which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the appointment of New Zealand’s first JP, ministerial training and a speaker on population trends in Greater Auckland.
+ Registrar, Roger Brookes, reminded Council that the next swearing-in ceremony at Auckland District Court will be held on Monday 26th May when 7 appointees will be sworn.

+ Discussion during Council’s meeting centred on new JPs’ awareness of the expectation that they must be available to serve the public, to complete initial training with a mentor, to join a Support Group and to assist on a Service Desk. It was noted that these matters are mentioned in printed material given to candidates, canvassed again during interview and reiterated once they are sworn in. However, it was suggested that the check-list used during interview with prospective JPs should be amended to make certain that they are in no doubt that, if appointed, they’re expected to serve the public, with special awareness of being rostered at a Service Desk.

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