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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
BIRKDALE

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
HERNE BAY

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
KOHIMARAMA

And the very last chance to attend a HUB meeting in the first series...it'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

NORTH WEST HUB

(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

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

CENTRAL HUB

CENTRAL EAST

ISLANDS HUB 

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’”.    


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