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Further Preparations for this year's AGM

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Attention is drawn to information regarding the Association’s Annual General Meeting posted in the Members' Section of the website.

The AGM is being held in conjunction with the Annual Conference at 9am on Sunday 17th September 2017 at Alexandra Park, Epsom.

Nominations have been called for the offices of President, Vice President and the Auckland Region’s Representative on the Board of Royal Federation for the 2017-18 year and Council member for years 2017-19. Nominations close with the Association’s Registrar at 5pm on Friday 18th August.  

Nominations can be made by email or on the form available in the Members’ Section of our website:  Nomination forms will be found half way down the information page.

Long Service Recognised

Ric Carlyon - Friday, July 28, 2017

Selwyn Houghton, JP, of Waimauku, clocked up 40 years’ service some time ago… and opportunity was recently taken to present him with an appropriate certificate. 
The occasion was the regular meeting of Kumeu’s Support Group, attended by Association Council Member, Sherryl Wilson, who presented the 40 Year Certificate. 
Notwithstanding his long service to the community as a Justice of the Peace, Selwyn plans to continue in office.


Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

For your diary, most dates in the second series of Hub Sessions for 2017 have now been decided. Session 2 will be two hours in length and will cover Affidavits, Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union, certifying documents for financial institutions and foreign documents. Choose your local Hub, or if the date/time's unsuitable, attend any of the other sessions: you will be welcomed!

CENTRAL EAST HUB  Saturday 30 September 9am-11am
Kohimarama Primary School
112 Kohimarama Road, 

NORTH WEST HUB Saturday 7 October 10am-12 noon
St John’s/Lions Hall
243 Edmonton Rd

NORTH EAST HUB Saturday 14 October 10am -12 noon
Faithfull Funeral Services
35 Red Beach Rd

CENTRAL HUB Saturday 28 October 1pm - 3pm
Ponsonby Primary School
44 Curran St

SOUTH HUB Saturday 28 October 4pm - 6pm
Friendship House
20 Putney Way

CENTRAL WEST HUB Saturday 11 November 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Mt Roskill Primary School
37 Frost Rd

LOWER NORTH HUB Tuesday, 14 November 7pm - 9pm
North Shore Events Centre
Argus Place (off Porana Rd)

SOUTH EAST HUB Saturday 18 November 2pm - 4pm
Peace Experiment – Montessori School
18 Pilkington Rd

Preliminaries for Annual General Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Formal Notice of the Association’s Annual General Meeting has been sent to all members.

Its to be held at 9am on Sunday 17th September 2017, to be followed by the Annual Regional Conference. The venue will again be Alexandra Park, Epsom.

Registration, cost $10 at the door, will open on the morning from 8.30… and after the Annual Meeting there’ll be a range of interesting content and speakers comprising the Conference with proceedings  due to close at 1.30.  

Nominations have been called for the offices of President, Vice President and Auckland Region’s  Representative on the Board of Royal Federation for the 2017-18 year and Council member for years 2017-19. Nominations close with the Association’s Registrar at 5pm on Friday 18th August.

Hub Training a Success

Ric Carlyon - Monday, July 17, 2017

Thanks to those Justices who attended recent Hub Training meetings and completed the survey forms, a clear picture has emerged of the success of the sessions held at strategic venues across Greater Auckland.

Reporting a summary of the surveys, Coordinator, Dawn Jones, told the recent Council meeting that more than 450 Justices attended, about 11 per cent of whom had not been to training within the previous 12 months. “This was pleasing”, Dawn says, “because the hub meetings were designed to draw in those who were looking to refresh and update their knowledge and skills”.

By far the majority of those attending (87 per cent) rated the venues as “very suitable” and many appreciated the ease of parking at no cost: one of the difficulties previously encountered when training was held at the Auckland District Court building in the city.

Difficulties with the sound system at some venues have been overcome: the Association has purchased portable state-of-the-art equipment which will travel to future Hub meetings.

As a result of learning and renewed confidence some Members attending the Hub meetings were encouraged to undertake accreditation. This, plus specific sessions held by Association trainers, has increased the number of Auckland Justices accredited to around 30 per cent, thus already meeting the target set at the beginning of the year.The second round of Hub Meetings will be held later in October and November: dates and venues will be advised quite soon.

Two Members Honoured by the Queen

Ric Carlyon - Monday, June 05, 2017

Two Auckland Justices of the Peace have been named in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

Mrs Anne Farrington, JP, from Birkenhead becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to women. She has been involved with Soroptimist International since 1975 at local, regional, national, federation, and international levels and helped lead the work of the Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust, which provides scholarships for second-chance education for women later in life. Mrs Farrington was a founding member of the Birkenhead Heritage Society in 1979. Mrs Farrington and her husband presented an old villa to the Society, now renovated as a local museum and named Farrington House. She has also been involved in Women’s Fellowship of All Saints Anglican Church in Birkenhead.

Mrs Ana Maria de Vos Sanchez, JP, of Epsom, receives the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to ethnic communities. She has coordinated a range of events such as exhibitions, stage performances, festivals, the annual Multicultural Expo, and the North Shore Lakeside Multicultural Festival, now in its 20th year. An exponent of Latin American dance she has been a teacher and performer of Flamenco – Spanish dance, Chilean Folk dance, and has supported the Auckland Dutch dancers. She has been involved with other performing dance groups, music competitions and the Music Association of Auckland and, as well as assisting immigrants, she has taught Basic English skills to refugees. Mrs Ana Maria de Vos Sanchez supports Latin American families in New Zealand, has served on Citizen Advocacy Auckland, and has assisted victims of domestic violence through Shakti Asian Women’s Centre in Auckland.  

Justices Acknowledged

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, June 01, 2017

Last night’s function in Mt Eden War Memorial Complex recognised service to the community by Justices of the Peace.

The Albert-Eden Local Board held a reception to acknowledge the work of local Justices. 

The Board’s Deputy Chairperson, Glenda Fry, welcomed the Justices and thanked them for their duties carried out for the good of the community. “Whether in your homes or at Service Desks, your work is both important and recognised”, she said, “and you are ready to act at all times… morning afternoon and night”. 

Board Deputy Chair Glenda Fry (front) with Albert-Eden Justices of the Peace 

Ms Fry said the Albert-Eden Local Board is well aware of the services Justices provide… “and this function of thanks has become a regular event in the Board’s calendar”.

More Hub Meetings Confirmed

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, May 13, 2017

The vast majority of Justices of the Peace attending Hub sessions agree with the concept and that the education content presented at the first in the HUB series is very good.  This is the feed-back in the evaluation forms. Word of mouth also confirms the value of the Hub Meetings…Support Groups combining at a local venue to share training and a catch-up. A feature has been the Justices rejoining Association activites, and those who leave the Hub Meetings enthused about gaining accreditation.   
All gatherings have been well-attended: in fact so many Justices arrived at the latest Hub meeting that the venue was a little crowded, brought upon because Members travelled from all over Auckland. This is encouraged - find a Hub with a date and time that suits - and turn up! Bring your Ministerial Manuals.
Each session can be used to meet Accreditation requirements.

Here are the last 3 HUB meetings on the mainland: 

Sunday 21 May   LOWER NORTH HUB 
9.30am – 12.30pm    
(based on Devonport, Takapuna & Kaipatiki support group areas)
 Birkdale Intermediate School
200 Birkdale Road

Saturday 27 May   CENTRAL HUB 
2.00pm – 5.00pm        
(based on Auckland Central & Pt Chevalier/Westmere support group areas)
Ponsonby Primary School
44 Curran Street

Saturday 17 June CENTRAL EAST HUB 
9.00am – 12pm             
(based on Hobson, Glen Point & St Heliers support group areas - covers Parnell, Remuera, Stonefields, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, Orakei, St Heliers, Glendowie, Glen Innes, St Johns & nearby areas)
ASB Stadium (next to Selwyn College)
Kohimarama Road

And the very last chance to attend a HUB meeting in the first'll be "off-shore" -
Sunday 10 September  ISLANDS HUB 
10am - 1pm 
Waiheke Island  – venue details to come

52 Years as Justice of the Peace

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

St Heliers Bay resident, John B. McCormick, has been recognised for his 52 years’ service as a Justice of the Peace.

Local Member of Parliament, Simon O’Connor, accompanied by Auckland Association’s Immediate Past President, Colin Davis and Gerald Harbison, representing St Heliers/Orakei Support Group, called on John to acknowledge his long service.

From left: Colin Davis, JP,  John McCormick JP, and Simon O'Connor, MP.
John was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.

John McCormick has seen many changes in his time, including the introduction of formal training for both ministerial and judicial duties, recalling that, having been sworn in, it wasn't long at all before he was sitting on the bench!

Association's Annual Luncheon

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Association’s annual luncheon was well attended, and those present enjoyed good company, an excellent meal...and an enlightening address by Manukau Crown Solicitor, Natalie Walker, one of 15 currently in New Zealand,  the fourth woman to hold the office and the second youngest of all. 

Natalie first explained New Zealand’s unique system of Crown Solicitors, each warranted to prosecute serious cases on behalf of the community. A former partner in the firm of Crown Solicitors for the whole of Greater Auckland, Natalie left to join two others creating a new partnership, Kayes Fletcher Walker Ltd, intending to specialise in criminal defence work. But when the Government decided to appoint a new Crown Solicitor for South Auckland based at Manukau, the partnership tendered, and secured Office.

At Sunday’s luncheon, Natalie Walker then went on to describe the many tasks connected with ramping-up operations first in Auckland City, then at Manukau City, and fulfilling the company’s  ideal… to be firm, fair and diverse.

Natalie Walker and President Selwyn Haworth at the Annual Luncheon

“Our mission was to be firm and fair in our approach towards prosecutions. And diverse in dealing with the many cultures of South Auckland, reflected in choice when recruiting staff and how we go about our business dealing with people. In the 2 years we have been up and running we have achieved our objectives. Half the staff-members are  women together with a range of those nationalities which help make up Manukau’s diverse community. And although there was no template to follow as we went about setting up a new Crown Solicitor’s office, we don’t seem to have had many complaints even though it's a very busy operation. Planning, hard work and long hours in the early stages have paid off”.

Natalie praised Justices of the Peace, noting they voluntarily provide essential service within the justice system in New Zealand, largely unacknowledged and unthanked.  

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