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New Service Desk a Success

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The new Service Desk at Mangere Bridge library is proving a hit.

“After only 3 Monday afternoon sessions we have been amazed at the growing use of our services”, says one of the organisers, Leo Stafford-Bush, “and we have received many commendations for establishing the service”.

“The Librarians have received glowing thanks from all the users, so we know the J.P.s’ attendances are well-appreciated”, says Leo “and we’ve been so busy there’s been no time for coffee breaks or to browse the library’s expansive range of reading material!”.

“It’s a combined operation. The librarians store our equipment and daily put out the sandwich board advertising our service”.

Leo concludes: “We’ll have a stock-take at the end of August to see if any fine-tuning’s needed but so far it's been most successful”.

New J.P.s Sworn

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Greater Auckland has 10 new Justices of the Peace, sworn yesterday in the Auckland District Court.
They come from suburbs well-spread across the Association’s territory.

They are - Barbara Blair from Chatswood: Abhai Dass, Meadowbank:  Andrew Dunlop, Schnapper Rock,  Ausaga Imoa, Otara: Richard Leigh, Gulf Harbour: Bernie Matthews, Manurewa: Priya Pratap, Dannemora: Gurvinder Shergill, Red Beach: Tafili Utumapu-McBride, Devonport and Pat Wijayaratne, Totara Heights.

Welcome to the ranks of the J.P.s as we celebrate 200 years of continuous service to the community!

Each new J.P. will associate with the nearest Support Group to build confidence, enabling them to efficiently carry out their numerous duties in the community.     

Pay the Fine… or Lose the Licence

Ric Carlyon - Monday, July 21, 2014

The Ministry of Justice is collecting more than a million dollars a month since a tough new enforcement tool for collecting overdue fines was introduced. 

Courts Minister Chester Borrows says the new scheme means people who don’t pay fines risk being banned from driving under a Driver Licence Stop Order, (DLSO). “This Order can be placed on anyone who fails to pay traffic-related fines imposed by a Court, Police or local government authority - or reparations imposed by a Court for traffic-related offences” says the Minister, “and it seems to be having the desired effect”.

“This initiative was designed to send a compelling message to these offenders,” says Mr Borrows, “and since the scheme was launched in February, the Ministry of Justice has issued 87 warning letters, and served only one DLSO - and that was subsequently lifted after the person set up arrangements to repay their fines. It seems the threat of losing their driver licence motivates most of those who until now have ignored paying their fines “.

The Minister gives a last-chance warning to those with outstanding fines… “if you wish to hold on to your licence contact the Ministry of Justice and make arrangements to pay your debt".

Draft of New Rules Approved

Ric Carlyon - Monday, July 21, 2014

At its last meeting the Council approved the proposed draft of the Association’s amended Constitution which will be promulgated to Support Groups and others for comment before members are asked to approve the final draft at the Annual General Meeting.

Now cast as Rules, the re-written and updated version will replace a Constitution implemented in 1997 and amended, piecemeal, over the years.

“Each clause of the old Constitution was comprehensively examined and reviewed against current good practice set out in other like documents,” says President Colin Davis, “with, as far as possible, the use of plain, simple English".

"Suggestions that postal and/or electronic voting be provided-for have not been included for the reasons of expense, security and the possibility of disenfranchising significant numbers of members. The final draft will need approval not only from our members but also the Registrar of Incorporated Societies”. 

Members will consider the final daft at the AGM on Wednesday 29th October.

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.

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