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Preparations for Annual General Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Friday, July 22, 2016

The Association’s Annual General Meeting’s being held on Sunday 28th August and it’s time to consider formal preparations.

Nominations for President, Vice-President, Regional Representative and members of Council close - as per the Rules - with the Registrar on 31st July.  That’s also the date by which any Notices of Motion must be lodged, again with the Registrar.

This year’s Annual General Meeting is being combined with the Regional Conference at Alexandra Park, Epsom beginning at 9am on 28th August. The AGM will be followed by morning tea and Conference business including an address by the President of the Royal Federation. After lunch proceedings continue with a guest speaker followed by a training session. 

Nominations for elected Office-Holders and any Notices of Motion close on 31st July 2016

Time to Refresh

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, July 17, 2016

Auckland trainers, led by Garry Nicholls, have arranged refresher courses featuring Justices of the Peace duties taking Statutory Declarations and certifying Electronic Copies. In keeping with members’ wishes, these are being held in various suburban venues.

21 July MOWPEG Support Group Customer Service

23 July King’s College Otahuhu - Statutory Declarations / Certifying Documents from Electronic Sources

24 July West Auckland Support - Group Marriage Dissolution

27 July Mt Roskill Support Group - Customer Service / 50 Questions

30 July Fairview Lifestyle Village Albany - Statutory Declarations / Certifying Documents from Electronic Sources
These Training Sessions qualify towards Accreditation.

The MOWPEG and Mt Roskill Support Group Meetings start at 7pm. All other sessions start at 10am and will finish at 12 noon. Members can attend any course, as is convenient.

If you require any additional information please contact Garry Nicholls the Ministerial Training Coordinator at:

Certificate of Appreciation Presented

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

David Parker, QSM, received his 32 year Certificate of Appreciation at the Warkworth Support Group’s mid-winter Christmas function held recently at the Salty Dog Inn at Snells Beach.  
The presentation was made by the President of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, Selwyn Haworth. 

“David is a great example of an ‘active and current’ member,” says Selwyn. “He has certainly been active in his community, Following his service as a Justice of the Peace Trainer years ago, he has been involved as a Boys Brigade youth leader, in the ‘Jane Gifford’ trust, the local riverbank enhancement project and, the Kowhai Festival, to name a few.    He also keeps current by attending support group meetings and socials such as the one on Sunday 26th June when his service certificate was handed over”. 
“David was appointed as a Justice of the Peace on 4th November 1983, and with his enthusiasm, I am sure he will continue to serve for many years ahead”. 

Left - Selwyn Haworth presenting David Parker with his certificate. Also partly displayed are two of our new banners - one that is a pavement sign and the other, a pull-up banner more suited to indoors.  The Warkworth group were treated to being the first support group to view the signs and to choose one (they elected democratically to keep the pavement sign).

*It’s planned to present a number of Certificates to Justices of the Peace at the Association’s combined Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting. See below for details of this event. 

AGM and Annual Conference Combined

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association has decided to combine this year’s Annual General Meeting with the Annual Conference, to be held at Alexandra Park on Sunday, 28th August 2016.

Council members have observed that the Conference is usually well attended, the separate Annual General Meeting less so. By combining both they hope greater numbers will be introduced to, and participate in, Association affairs.

A set time will be allocated within the Conference programme to hold the Annual General Meeting: nominations for election to vacant offices on Council will be sought shortly. 

Diary Note: Sunday 28th August 2016 Auckland Justices of the Peace Association AGM and Annual Conference, Alexandra Park, Green Lane West, Epsom on Sunday, 28th August 2016.

Auckland's newest Justices of the Peace

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, June 12, 2016

Auckland has six new Justices of the Peace. They were photographed at their recent swearing-in ceremony, officiated by Judge Philipa Cunningham.  

They are, left to right, Coral Foster JP, Devonport; Deo Singh JP, Papatoetoe: Dr James Bade JP, Henderson; Judge Philipa Cunningham; President Selwyn Howarth JP; Pamela Nash JP, Waiheke; Denise Thompson JP, Stonefields; Peter Bennison JP, Devonport.
If Dr James Bade looks familiar, he was recently seen on TV in an edition of “Coast NZ”, relating details of Count Felix Von Lucknow’s daring South Pacific adventures, and his incarceration (and later escape) on Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The German connection with New Zealand and the South Pacific along with Modern German literature, language acquisition, and German film are among Doctor Bade’s specialist research topics. 
Peter Bennison, sworn in as Justice of the Peace for New Zealand, already holds the same office in Tasmania.

Our Association's Strategic Plan

Selwyn Haworth - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

At our Association's Council meeting 11 May, the draft 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan was accepted for presentation and consultation with Association members.  

A committee comprised of Council members (Selwyn Haworth, Wallis Walker and Tamati Howard) and volunteer members (Fay Freeman, Wendell Dunn and Jim Niven) spent many hours reviewing the earlier 2015 - 2018 plan and consolidating this into the "plan on a page".    This committee is thanked for their time and valuable contribution.

To view the 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan, go to the Members section on this website, look under the heading "Governance" and click into the subheading "Strategic Plan".   Feedback to President Selwyn ( is welcomed by Friday 01 July 2016.    

Auckland Justice of the Peace Honoured

Ric Carlyon - Monday, June 06, 2016

Council-Member of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, Myrlene Dawn Jones, OBE, JP, has today been named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  
Dawn has fostered a life-long interest in Netball, involved at local, national and international levels for more than 50 years. She is one of the country’s top sports administrators and is one of the most decorated New Zealand umpires.  
She accompanied teams overseas before focusing on umpiring and went on to serve 15 years umpiring international fixtures, becoming the country’s top-ranked umpire. Dawn has officiated at hundreds of first-class fixtures, test matches and World Cup games.

She is Past President of Netball New Zealand and a Life Member of the organisation. Her service to netball was recognised when she was recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Halberg Awards last year. In 1999 Netball New Zealand presented her with the Ultimate Umpire Award. She has numerous other local and international service awards.
Dawn was named Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1994 New Year’s Honours List for services to netball and education. Her career in education included Head Mistress at Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls and founding co-principal of ACG Senior School. 

Dawn Jones, CNZM, was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1997 and is serving her third term on Auckland Association’s Council. She is responsible for the oversight of Support Groups which form the backbone of JP community activities across Greater Auckland.   

More Justices of the Peace Honoured

Ric Carlyon - Monday, June 06, 2016

As well as Dawn Jones (see below) other Auckland Justices of the Peace are named in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, receiving the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM).  
Karnail Badhan JP of Pukekohe was the founder of Ambedkar Sports & Cultural Club and has been President since 2014. He is currently National Coordinator for Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) New Zealand and a member of GOPIO International.
Raymond Garth Beatson JP of Bayswater has long been an advocate for Vietnam veterans and their families and since 2012 led restoration of Kaitaia's World war One memorial, the first-ever in New Zealand. It was rededicated on its 100th Anniversary, 24th March last year.  
Cliff Deery JP was a foundation member of the Kawakawa Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1974 and has since served at every level of the Brigade, including as Chief Fire Officer for the past 20 years. He has served on a range of community, school and agricultural groups and volunteers his time to the Kawakawa Bay Health Clinic and its First Response Unit.
Billie Jordan from Waiheke is in the list of those made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Just a week or so ago Billie was guest at the Justices of the Peace Association’s luncheon.  She founded The Hip-Operation Crew, a hip-hop dance group consisting of 22 members aged 68 to 96 years old. As those Justices attending the luncheon heard from Billie in an inspirational address, the group uses hip hop dance as a vehicle to form stronger connections with young people and to promote attitudinal change in society towards the elderly.

Presentation: Judicial Justices of the Peace

Ric Carlyon - Friday, May 27, 2016

Les Smith, Chair of the Court Management Panel in Auckland, presented diplomas to successful students of last year's Judicial Studies Course at a recent Judicial Training Seminar. 

                          L to R: Les Smith, Greg Ogg, Alan Martin, Sheryl Hazelwood (from Franklin Assn) and  Leah Davey. 

Congratulations to the successful students who are already doing valuable work on the bench. 

Those attending the seminar heard from Judges' Research Counsel, Jerome Webby, while  Charlotte Best talked about issues relating to disclosure of evidence. Graeme Hutchinson, forensic nurse at Auckland District Court, spoke about facilities available for defendants with mental health issues. 

A milestone was also celebrated. Opportunity was taken to acknowledge Ken Graham, JP, who has served forty years' on the bench. This is possibly unprecedented service in our courts.  

BDM’s Move

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, May 19, 2016

Births, Deaths and Marriages information source has moved, now found on the internet at

Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM), Jeff Montgomery, says the move makes it easier for New Zealanders to find BDM Information. , Mr Montgomery says,  brings together government information in one place and uses language and design that is easy for customers to find and understand. 

“The information has been rewritten in plain English and presented in a way that makes sense to our customers - focussing on a particular product or service. Now that the material is live," he says, "you'll find everything you need to know on

“BDM, part of the Department of Internal Affairs, helps people when they are making plans for a very significant event in their life," says Mr Montgomery.  "Whether they’re getting married, recognising the birth of their child, or dealing with the death of family or friends, BDM has an important role to play.”

“We are responsible for registering all births (including stillbirths), deaths, marriages, civil unions and name changes in New Zealand and, as a result, my team issues more than 350,000 certificates, print- outs and marriage licences each year”.

“We’d love to hear your feedback about how you find using the information"

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