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Council’s First Meeting of 2017

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, February 09, 2017

 Briefs from the Council’s first meeting for the new year, held yesterday -

  • Arrangements were finalised for the Association's remits, etc  at  Royal Federation of NZ Justices Association’s Annual Meeting/Conference being held early next month in Rotorua. 
  • Council members were briefed on matters to be discussed at the annual meeting of Support Group Coordinators being held this Saturday. Significant changes being proposed will be revealed during the meeting. 
  • Treasurer Geoff Pownall reports some 390 subscriptions remain outstanding for the current financial year and “account rendered” emails are being sent out to remind these unfinancial members.
  • It was agreed the Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held as last year, combined with Auckland's Regional Conference in September. 
  • Justices of the Peace continue to officiate at weddings in West Auckland. Ii's a pilot scheme to test popularity of marriage ceremonies in semi-formal conditions. 29 couples were wed in November, 39 in December and 29 last month. It’s thought the trial, which is considered successful, might become a permanent alternative for couples being wed, and extended to other parts of New Zealand.
  • There’s been a concerted effort to update and correct the Association’s membership data. It has been a mammoth effort over many months. The latest drive has been to obtain email addresses from members whose @ addresses were missing in the data. It’s important the Association keeps in contact with members via email now there is no longer communication by postage.
  • Planning’s underway for the Association’s Luncheon (usually in May) and Annual Dinner (towards year’s end). Watch this space for further details. 

A Growth Activity

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, January 26, 2017

Service Desks continue to show all-round growth. They are increasing in number, sessions are being enhanced and they are providing more services for the community than ever.
Based on latest statistics here are the numbers for Justices of the Peace services each month at Desks across Greater Auckland. 

 sessions attended
hours in attendance  
people assisted 
total transactions 
copies certified 
Statutory Declarations taken

With figures adjusted for holidays, this means that Justices at Service Desks are now processing more than
460,000 transactions annually compared to 322,000 two years ago.    

More Service Desks are now available to the community…
65 in  all, with recent openings at Clendon Library, PAK'nSAVE in Flat Bush and at North Shore District Court. Sessions have recently been increased at Waitakere District Court from twice a week to daily.   

Where is my nearest Service Desk and what times are Justices in attendance? Press the Service Desk tab above. Click on the map, or look down the alphabetical list.

New Service Desks To Kick Off 2017

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two new Service Desks brings the number, Auckland-wide, to 64. 


A new Service Desk has been established at the North Shore District Court in Corinthian Drive, Albany. Effective immediately, two Justices of the Peace will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 2.30 – 4.30. The Desk will provide service to the rapidly-growing areas in and around Albany… and, if demand warrants, sessions could be extended.
Expansion of Justices’ services in South Auckland means a new Service Desk will be operating at the Clendon Library from early February. It will be open Wednesday mornings, 10am – noon. Library staff, believing there’s a need for services in Clendon, invited local Justices to set up in the library. 
Not a new Service Desk, but attendances have been greatly enhanced at Waitakere District Court. It’s not long ago that the Desk was set up in the court building… now local Justices have rewritten rosters so they will be in attendance every day, Monday to Friday, 10.30am – noon.

The Year That Was - 2016

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Accreditation for Justices of the Peace, long-heralded by Royal Federation, came in during the year: those who pass an on-line test and attend training sessions qualify for accreditation for 2 years.
Support Groups, representing Justices of the Peace across Greater Auckland, from Wellsford and Helensville, to Waiheke Island and in southern-most suburbs, met in February to discuss mutual matters and reflect on the growth of Service Desks.
Royal Federation’s Annual Conference resolved to hold future Conferences biennially, which begged the constitutional question - what of the Federation’s essential Annual General Meeting?   

It was announced that the hard copy of the Justice Quarterly (JQ) will be phased out by 2020, but in the interim it’s to be modernised with a view to evolving into electronic format only.
The Ongoing Education module was unveiled, available on the Royal Federation’s website, giving ongoing education opportunities designed to support local learning. 
Denise Hutchins took over the reins as President of Royal Federation at its National Conference in Dunedin in February. 
Auckland Association’s data-base, after a lot of work by a team led by President Selwyn Haworth, has been cleaned and updated: now presenting an accurate list of the membership. This has greatly assisted the Treasurer’s invoicing of annual subscriptions - a record 75 per cent of members have paid before Christmas!  

Billie Jordan MNZM
Billie Jordan, founder of the Hip Op Group, was Guest Speaker at the May Luncheon and announced that she’s created a Hip-Operation Dance Academy so that, internationally,  others can form Hip Op groups. Billie received a Royal Honour at Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Our 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan was drawn up by a committee who spent many hours reviewing the earlier 2015 - 2018 plan and consolidating it into a "plan on a page".  President Haworth says the document provides his personal blueprint to progress Association activities.  
The Annual Conference and Association’s Annual General Meeting were held as a combined event with 200 Justices attending. President Selwyn Haworth was returned to office, unopposed, for the second year, Garry Nicholls was elected, unopposed, as Vice-President and four vacancies on Council were also elected unopposed: Roger Brookes, Kamiesh Naidu, Susan Walker and Wallace Walker: each for a 2 year term. Colin Davis remains Immediate Past President and Patrick Samson, in the only vote at the meeting, headed off Wallis Walker as Royal Federation’s Auckland Representative.
Long Service Certificates were presented to some 50 of our members at the Annual General Meeting, recognition made possible by research and assistance of the Ministry of Justice and the Royal Federation

Dawn Jones, CNZM, OBE with the Governor-General 
Council Member Dawn Jones was named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her life-long interest, and contribution to Netball and for community services. Two other Auckland Justices of the Peace were also named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Immediate Past President Colin Davis was invested a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic Order of Chivalry which began in the 11th-century Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem. It traces its origins to the knights who guarded the Holy Sepulchre - the tomb of Jesus - and who protected pilgrims visiting it. 
 As, by far, most of our members have access to email, it was decided mid-year that here will be no more mail-outs by post… that the internet website and email will be the main conduit to members. 
One of the Association’s Life Members, Waldour Ross Familton, QSO, died during the year aged 96. Ross was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1980, he was a former member of Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association for almost 20 years and was made Life Member in 2003. 

Melissa Lee, MP
List MP for Mt Albert, Melissa Lee, was guest speaker at the Association’s Annual Dinner and celebrated the city’s… and nation’s… diversity. 

President Selwyn Haworth wearing the refurbished collar
The Auckland Association’s Presidential Collar, or Chain of Office, has recently been updated, overhauled and future-proofed, with blank links added for future Presidents and opportunity was taken to attach the Auckland Association’s badge. 
The Training Team, led by Garry Nicholls, carried out 52 training sessions during the year with some 600 Justices attending the sessions held at Support Groups’ meetings. 59 inductions were held for new Justices of the Peace. 
Service Desks continued to grow during the year in both number and expanded sessions. In 2016 Justices of the Peace put in more than an estimated 14,000 hours at Service Desks assisting more than 100,000 people who sought Justices’ services.

From the Council Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Association’s Council has held its final meeting for 2016. Among the items:

+ More than 60 per cent of our members have paid their annual subscriptions: the last “batch” of payments received after reminder notices were emailed at the end of November. Treasurer Geoff Pownall reported that the collection of subscriptions is well ahead of the same time last year… and those who are still unfinancial will be given further reminders. Methods of payment, etc, are given in the invoice/reminder emailed to members.

+ Council supports the idea of combining local Support Groups into hubs for training, etc. It’s proposed that each Support Group will combine with others and meet at a local venue for two training sessions in 2017. This will centralise training, save the Training Team travel and time, and ensure all Justices receive a balanced training programme. The sessions will count towards eligibility for Accreditation. More on this will be communicated to Support Groups in the New Year who will be asked to confirm the Hub they wish to belong to. 

+The Training Team, under Garry Nicholls, led 7 sessions in the Association’s area during November. Topics ranged from Dissolution of Marriage to Computer Skills and Certifying Electronic Copies. Sessions were convened right across the isthmus, from Henderson to Manurewa. In addition the Team oversaw interviews and induction for new Justices.

+Council resolved to send a letter of congratulations to Tony Pugh, JP, new National Manager of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations. Tony replaces Registrar, Alan Hart, who will resign following the Federation’s Annual Conference in Rotorua. In announcing the  appointment, the Federation’s President, Denis Hutchins, said Mr Pugh comes to the position after 13 years as Business Manager of New Plymouth Girls’ High School and that he’s an Associate Chartered Accountant, has university degrees and strong interest in the not-for-profit sector. 

+President Selwyn Haworth concluded formal business for the year with Season’s Greetings to all.

Our Christmases Past

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

1897    Christmas Lockup 
Letter to the Editor, Auckland Star, December 1897, “Sir, I want to give you an idea of the surroundings of the unfortunate inebriates and others who have to occupy the High-street cells till they can be brought before a Magistrate or JP after the holiday. The cell’s 8 feet x 10 feet, walls and floor, not a seat in which to sit or to stretch their weary limbs. They must get on the floor when they can no longer keep on their feet - a floor that has to be kept washed to ensure cleanliness, and whose inside never has the sun's rays. As one poor man said, ‘I have suffered from rheumatics since I got locked up with a mate when we went on a spree on Saturday. We lay or sat on the floor two days and nights’. And this is in a Christian land where men kneel oft and pray.—l am, etc., Nineteenth Century Reform”.

1905    JP on Stage
The satire "The JP” arrived in Auckland for a pre-Christmas season at His Majesty’s Theatre after a phenomenally long season in London and an extended tour booked for venues throughout  New Zealand. 
  Miss Florence Lloyd, “straight from London!”, star of the “The JP”
“The JP” is a silly farce, basking with foolish infatuation, smiles of beauty, irrepressible ungallantry, despite any amount of misfortune and ill abuse, shallow and cunning,” said the New Zealand Herald. 

1907    Assault by Parasol
A middle-aged woman, Annie Irwin, who created a scene in Shortland Street on the afternoon of Christmas Day found herself before Justices of the Peace Dr Carolan, and Messres Jenkins and Jamieson. Irwin, it was alleged, stabbed a young man named Charles Hudson in the neck with her parasol and was charged with assault. 
“I’m pleading guilty”, she said. “but the complainant used offensive expressions towards me which was hardly in keeping with Christmas. Nonetheless I had no intention of injuring him”. The JPs pointed out how serious the consequences might have been, and inflicted a sentence of two months' imprisonment.  

1912    Newspaper Report - Auckland Star
“Sixteen persons hung up their stockings on Tuesday evening in the Auckland police cells, and on Wednesday morning fifteen of them received a present of their liberty, all being discharged with a caution, irrespective of record or character.
The list this morning before Mr E. Dunne, JP,  included five men who had carried their Christmas festivities over the leaf, and they were treated with seasonable indulgence, the penalties ranging from a mere conviction to a fine of 5/. 
Robert William Adams, who had allowed a labour argument with Alfred Polkinghorne run to indiscreet heat, was charged with having struck the other man, and was remanded by Mr Dunne on bail to appear on Saturday.

1913    Time for Leniency
During the first Police Court sitting after Christmas three Justices of the Peace, Messres Powley, MacKay and Langford said they wished so show leniency for defendants appearing before them.   
“We desire to overlook any slight indiscretions associated with Christmas festivities, and today there’ll be no fines imposed in connection with such cases. With the exception of four, who have forfeited bail, all those charged with drunkenness are convicted and discharged” they declared. 
in a further show of seasonal leniency by the Bench, a man who had stolen a roll of bacon and hid it in long grass to avoid capture was fined the value of the meat, 23 shillings and sixpence, 
But a horseman was not quite so lucky. Police believed he was too drunk to have in his care a horse and cart in the crowded city streets on Christmas Eve. Edward Knox thought differently and assaulted his escorting constable in Wyndham Street. The Justices fined Knox £5, in default a month’s jail. 

1920    Court Sitting on THE day 
New Zealand Herald 25th December 1920: Christmas Morning Cases. A brief sitting  of the Court was held on Christmas morning before Mr. W. Handley, JP.  George Coyle was charged with drunkenness and with having wilfully damaged a glass window, valued at £4, and was remanded till to-morrow. 
Carlos Tucker, who was charged with having stolen a pocket wallet containing £5 from F. J. Worker, was also remanded till to-morrow. Three first offenders for drunkenness were convicted and ordered to pay costs.

1932    Depression 
Justice of the Peace, J B Munro, one of the controllers of the Hobson Street Boot Pool announced that the service would continue during the Christmas break for the special benefit of unemployed relief workers coming to Auckland for the holiday break. 
“The Boot Pool repairs boots that no other cobbler would touch, but the Pool’s services will continue replacing soles for relief workers while they wait and at no cost provided they show their work ticket”.

1931    Sad Movies
Premier Amusements Ltd screened movies in Otahuhu’s Orpheus cinema on Christmas Day without written permission of the local Borough Council, which prosecuted the company’s owners. Moreover, Council staff said the title of the movie shown was unsuitable on the day. 
Justices of the Peace, Messres Todd and Petrie, drawing down the curtain on the action found the Christmas Day screening had defied Council’s direction and the company was fined £5.    

1935    In the True Christmas Spirit 
The Coroner, Mr C. K. Lawrie JP, conducted an inquest into the death of a 26 year old Roy Lowrie who drowned on Christmas Day in the Waikato River near the Tuakau Bridge. “Roy Lowrie, unhesitating, went to the aid of a stranger struggling in the river at the first sign of the swimmer’s distress… and this is in accord with the highest British traditions,” said Mr Lawrie. “In his magnificent effort to save life he exhausted his own strength. May it be of comfort to Mr Lowrie’s family to know that in losing him as they did, on Christmas Day, the manner of his death exemplified the true Christmas spirit of good will…”. The swimmer that Roy Lowrie went in after also drowned.

1945    Inside Job
Messrs. J. B. Paterson and J. Melling, JPs, heard the case of a man, making a pre-Christmas visit to an inmate in Mt Eden Jail, who was charged with giving an inmate a packet of cigarettes and a box of matches. 

While the defendant, Jack Read, pleaded guilty, the Justices heard that he did not know it was illegal to give the prisoner anything, especially a Christmas treat. In his ignorance he had done it in clear sight of a warder and had been arrested. The JPs fined Read £2. 

The Presidential Collar

Ric Carlyon - Friday, December 02, 2016

The Auckland Association’s President’s Collar, or Chain of Office, has recently been updated, overhauled and future-proofed. The new look was seen in public for the first time when President Selwyn Haworth wore it at the recent Association’s Dinner.


President Selwyn Haworth wears the 'new look" Collar at the recent Dinner

The symbol of office has “a link” with the name of each of the Presidents, starting with the first, William Coltman, in 1922. It’s not known whether the Collar was introduced at that time… it’s possible because Mr Coltman was a jeweller in Queen Street, City, and would have had contacts to assist in its manufacture. The collar includes a plate at the bottom of the loop declaring the wearer to be the President of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, surmounted by a Royal Federation badge.

A few years ago the “links” had run out. Life Member Alice Wylie contributed $500 specifically towards a make-over of the Collar and this  work was recently completed, overseen by Immediate Past-President Colin Davis and Council Member, Wallis Walker.

Association Council Member Wallis Walker, looks over the refurbished Collar. 

An extra row of “Links” have been added as a catch-up to accommodate those 3 Presidents who had not been included and to future-proof it for many years to come. The whole Collar has been refurbished. Opportunity was also taken to add the Auckland Association’s badge, gilded, at the bottom of the loop to give it a distinct local identity.

"Diversity" the Theme at Annual Dinner

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Those attending tonight’s Annual Dinner held by the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association were reminded about the city’s… and nation’s… diversity, and that we are all immigrants.
List MP for Mt Albert, Melissa Lee, was guest speaker who said all those planning to leave their home country have first to decide to emigrate, and then to make a choice - where to? All those who came here chose New Zealand as the place they preferred, with a view to better their own lifestyles and to assure a future for their children. 
Ms Lee stimulated the audience when she traced her own diverse lifestyles from her childhood when, with her family, she lived in Korea, Malaysia, Australia and, since 1988, in New Zealand. 

Melissa Lee, MP, speaking at tonight's dinner

Ms Lee gave examples of the richness of different customs, foods and languages which, she said, far exceed the few foibles and faux pas innocently encountered along the way. 
She advocates diversity in civic positions, advising more immigrants to step up to undertake community duties, to stand up for what is right and proper… and just. And Ms Lee says Justices of the Peace are examples of those who serve and benefit the public, and she thanked them for their service to the community. 

It’s “All Go!” with Service Desks in Auckland

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Justices of the Peace continue to expand their duties, and commitment to their community, with the opening of new Service Desks… and extensions to existing ones … across Greater Auckland.
Western Justices of the Peace have opened two new Desks. The first, in Waitakere District Court, will operate three days each week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am until 12.30pm. The second provides a gap in Saturday morning services, being established from 12th November at Te Atatu Library on Saturday mornings, 10am until 12 noon. 
Services have been re-established in “Old Papatoetoe”, in Papatoetoe Chambers, on Monday afternoons and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. For those seeking Justice of the Peace services on Saturdays a Desk is being set up from this week at Papatoetoe Library in Wallace Road, attended every Saturday from 10am until 12 noon.
Eden Albert CAB at St Lukes recently extended its Service Desk, providing Thursday evening services to coincide with the Westfield Mall’s late night and on Saturday mornings.  
There are two new Service Desks operating in Mangere providing once-weekly sessions. The first is at PAK’nSAVE in Orly Avenue, open each Thursday from 10am until 12.30pm while the second is at Mangere Bridge Library, each Saturday from 10am until 12.30pm. 
Mt Roskill will soon have an additional Service Desk in Stoddard Road at Lockington’s Pharmacy: days and times yet to be announced. This will bring the number of Service Desks across Auckland to more than 60. 

"Diversity" - Annual Dinner's Theme

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Melissa Lee, MP, epitomises diversity. 

She was born in Korea, grew up in Malaysia, moved to Australia and settled in New Zealand. In her maiden speech to Parliament in 2008 she spoke in Korean, Maori and English.

Ms Lee is the first Korean woman to win an election outside her homeland. 

Fitting, indeed, for Lee, now Parliamentary Private Secretary of Ethnic Communities. She’s also Chairperson of the Commerce Select Committee and a member of the Education and Science Committee. 

Not short of the odd controversial stand and quote on current affairs, the List MP based in Mt Albert, Melissa Lee is the guest speaker at this year’s Justice of the Peace Dinner. with the topic: 

"Celebrating Diversity" 
DATE:  Thursday 17 November, 2016
TIME:  6.30pm for 7.00pm
VENUE: Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road, Parnell (opposite Parnell School)
COST:  $50.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar

Book early to ensure you do not miss out on an entertaining evening and dinner relaxing with fellow Justices and their Partners!

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