Ric Carlyon - Thursday, June 01, 2017
Ric Carlyon - Saturday, May 13, 2017
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.
9.30am – 12.30pm
(based on Devonport, Takapuna & Kaipatiki support group areas)
Birkdale Intermediate School
200 Birkdale Road
2.00pm – 5.00pm
(based on Auckland Central & Pt Chevalier/Westmere support group areas)
Ponsonby Primary School
44 Curran Street
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)
Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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
NORTH WEST HUB
(based on Helensville, Kumeu, West Auckland & Whau support groups)
St John’s / Lions Hall243 Edmonton Rd, TE ATATU
Saturday 29 April 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Saturday 29 April 1.00pm - 4.00pm
CENTRAL WEST HUB
(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
SOUTH EAST HUB
(based on Eastern Districts, Otara & MOWPEG support groups)
Peace Experiment Montessori School
18 Pilkington Rd, PANMURE
Others to be advised:
LOWER NORTH HUB
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’”.
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
Saturday 1 April 9am-12pm
Faithfull Funeral Services
35 Red Beach Rd, Red Beach
20 Putney Way, Manukau
Saturday 29 April 9am – 12pm
St John’s/Lions Hall
243 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatu
Mt Roskill Primary School
37 Frost Rd, Mt Roskill
Details to be advised
Lower North Hub
Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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)
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
Cheque posted to
Auckland Justices of the Peace Assn
P O Box 108 229
Symonds StreetAuckland 1150