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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.  

Long Service Recognised

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

5 long-serving Justices of the Peace recently received certificates of appreciation at a function in Orewa. 

The 5 have opted for JP Retired status after serving their local community for many years. One, John Hoyle of Red Beach has served for more than 44 years… others had been an active Justice for at least 20 years.

Local MP and Associate Minister of Justice, Mark Mitchell, presented the awards at a celebratory morning tea. Other Justices were Judith McArthur of Red Beach, Edwin Munro of Stanmore Bay, Shirley Notton from Warkworth and Kevin Sutton of Orewa.

The Ministry of Justice provides certificates to acknowledge long service by Justices and the Association is “catching up” with presentation to dozens who qualify: some Justices are being recognised and thanked having served for more than 50 years. The certificates will be presented at appropriate gatherings, or forwarded to those who prefer not to attend a function.   

Service Desks: Increased Community Work

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Justices of the Peace at Service Desks across Greater Auckland are seeing increasing numbers of clients and processing more documents than ever.

Data received for February from most of the 65 Desks shows growth in most activities: a total of some 35,000 transactions during the month.

“Projected, this means Auckland Justices will likely process more than half a million documents this calendar year”, says Council Member, Ric Carlyon, who oversees Service Desk activities, “which is a fantastic public service by volunteer Justices without charge to either the clients or the community. And our members not only put in time attending Service Desks, but also attend meetings and training courses at night and  at weekends to keep up-to-date with changes to documentation and processes”.

The busiest Service desk, by far is the Auckland District Court where two Justices are  on a roster to attend for 3 hours each weekday. In February they helped clients with more than 7,000 transactions.  

Hub Meetings Off To A Good Start

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The first 2 Hub meetings have been judged a success and a good start to the new scheme designed to bring together local Support Groups for training and camaraderie.

North East Hub met at Red Beach. 64 members attended travelling from as far away as Helensville, Warkworth and Takapuna.

There were 34 Justices at the Southern Hub meeting held in Friendship House, Manukau City. 

At both venues Justices, on feedback sheets, said the overall quality of content was very good and without exception everyone reported learning something new.

The first Hub meetings in each part of Auckland has a theme to welcome back Justices who have not been  engaged in duties for a while,  as well as updating those who are regular attendees at Support Group gatherings. The theme worked… at both meetings there were Justices who had not been to Association activities for some time and they were appreciative, gaining renewed confidence enabling them to better carry out Ministerial duties.

Of note was that some Justices attended Hub meetings other than at their local venue. They found dates and times that suited them further afield: which is the reason why all Hub Meetings are advised to all Justices so they can “mix and match”. Justices are reminded to take Ministerial Manual to these meetings – copies are available if you do not have one and that  each session can be used to meet Accreditation requirements.

The next Hubs meet as follows:

Saturday 29 April 9.00am – 12.00pm


(based on Helensville, Kumeu, West Auckland & Whau support groups)

St John’s / Lions Hall

243 Edmonton Rd, TE ATATU

Saturday 29 April 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 29 April 1.00pm - 4.00pm


(based on Mangere, Three Kings/Mt Roskill, Onehunga, Mt Albert, Eden/Epsom

support groups)

Mt Roskill Primary School

37 Frost Rd, MT ROSKILL

Saturday 6 May 1.00pm – 4.00pm

(based on Eastern Districts, Otara & MOWPEG support groups)

Peace Experiment Montessori School

18 Pilkington Rd, PANMURE

Others to be advised:





Two Grants Welcomed

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, April 15, 2017

Council, at this week's meeting, welcomed news that two grants have been received, enabling projects, previously “on hold”, to be funded and to go ahead.

The grants are from the Joyce Fisher Trust and the Lottery Grants Commission.

“These funds will be used to benefit the Association, our members and, ultimately, the community”, says President Selwyn Haworth. 

“We are very grateful to the two organisations and at our meeting Council members gave preliminary consideration how best to apply the funds”.

“The grant from Joyce Fisher Trust is, as per our application, tagged – it enables us to catch up with the electronic age at Service Desks, giving Justices access to the internet which is fast becoming an essential tool so they can carry out their duties”.  

The grant from Lotteries,” Selwyn says, "will be applied towards greatly needed operational expenses (including website enhancement, publicity, conferences and insurance), training needs (Hub venue hire & material and trainer development) and Service Desk/Support Group ‘needs’”.    

Hub Meetings - The New Way

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 27, 2017

The major change in the organisation of the Association’s members across Greater Auckland takes effect from this weekend.

In recent weeks Justices of the Peace have supported the move to Hubs, 8 on the mainland and one catering for Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. Each Hub provides a local gathering place for Justices to meet and for training.

At each of the 8 Hubs the first training session is specially designed to up-date Justices, whether they have attended recent education forums or haven’t attended for some time.

Those in the latter case will be particularly welcomed. “For some, it’s just a matter of regaining confidence and getting up to speed on latest practices” says Principal Trainer Garry Nicholls, “so they can resume their service to the community”.       

Of interest to all Justices will be latest techniques in providing certified copies of material downloaded from electronic devices such as the internet and mobile phones, with emphasis on special requirements for financial documents.

While Hubs have been set up to provide local bases for meetings, the co-ordinator of Support Groups, Dawn Jones, stresses that Justices can attend any of the Hub sessions, choosing the dates and times that suit. Justices should take their Ministerial Manuals to these meetings. 

North East Hub 
Warkworth, Hibiscus Coast, Albany
Saturday 1 April 9am-12pm
Faithfull Funeral Services
35 Red Beach Rd, Red Beach

South Hub
Papatoetoe, Manukau/South Auckland
Saturday 1 April 4pm-7pm
Friendship House
20 Putney Way, Manukau

North West Hub
Helensville, Kumeu, West Auckland, Whau
Saturday 29 April 9am – 12pm
St John’s/Lions Hall
243 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatu

Central West Hub
Mangere, Three Kings/Mt Roskill, Onehunga, Mt Albert, Eden/Epsom
Saturday 29 April 1pm-4pm
Mt Roskill Primary School
37 Frost Rd, Mt Roskill

Central East Hub
Hobson, Glen Point, St Heliers
Details to be advised

South East Hub 
Eastern Districts, Otara, MOWPEG 
Saturday 6 May 1pm-4pm
Peace Experiment - Montessori School
18 Pilkington Rd, Panmure

Lower North Hub
Takapuna, Devonport, Kaipatiki 
Sunday 21 May 9.30am-12.30pm
Birkdale Intermediate School 
200 Birkdale Rd, Birkdale

Central Hub
Auckland Central, Pt Chevalier/Westmere
Saturday 27 May 2pm-5pm 
Ponsonby Primary School 
44 Curran St, Herne Bay

Waiheke Hub 
Sunday 10 September
Details to be advised

Association's Autumn Luncheon

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Auckland Justices of the Peace Association's Council warmly invites members and partners to join them at the upcoming and entertaining Autumn Luncheon.

DATE:          Sunday 7 May 2017 (this is NOT Mother’s Day!)

TIME:          11.30am – 2.30pm

VENUE:        The Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road Parnell

GUEST:        Natalie Walker, Crown Solicitor for Manukau

                    Natalie is the first Crown Solicitor to be appointed to Manukau, the second youngest in the country and one of only four women to hold this position out of sixteen nation-wide.

COST:          $40.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar

                    There are limited places for this luncheon so do book early!

Please pay either by

Direct credit to the following bank account (our preferred method)

Bank:                     BNZ

A/c Name:              Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn

A/c Number:           02-0256-0333810-000

Reference:              Payer’s Surname and initial(s) / AJPA Lunch / MOJJP or telephone number

NB:  Please include all of the reference details prompted

OR by

Cheque posted to

Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn                                        

P O Box 108 229

Symonds Street

Auckland 1150                                                

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