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Advice for Baby Boomers

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Justices of the Peace were advised to “get out there and do it” in their retirement, and to set the goals high looking to accomplish new activities. The suggestion came from the guest speaker at today’s luncheon organised by the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, Billie Jordan. She’s the inspiration behind forming a hip-op dance group of senior citizens on Waiheke Island which went on to take the world by storm at international championships in Las Vegas. Billie said the opportunity to participate gave members of the group, average age 80, a new lease on life, something they found engaging with aims and objectives to look forward to: in other words hope for tomorrow and the remainder of their life rather than wallowing in memories of earlier days. Billie recommends this for all those of advancing years. "It's psychologically and physically beneficial".


L-R: Council Members Wallis Walker and Sherryl Wilson with Billie Jordan and Auckland President Selwyn Haworth at today's luncheon.

Billie took the opportunity today to announce that she’s spreading her wings internationally and has created a Hip-Operation Dance Academy so that others can form groups, encourage candidates and learn to teach the steps, etc, using her tried and tested formula.  The course will be available in 150 countries.    
Meantime, she says, there will be more travelling for the Hip-Oppers from Waiheke to the world stage: another overseas trip is about to be announced. 

Our Luncheon – RSVP, Time to Register.

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Members asked for more social functions and our May luncheon at Waipuna Hotel is the Council’s response to that request. Partners and friends are welcome.  Now’s the time to RSVP! 
 
DATE: Sunday 15 May 2016 (this is NOT Mother’s Day!)
TIME: 12 noon – 3.00 pm
VENUE: Wellington’s Restaurant, Waipuna Hotel, 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington
GUEST: Billie Jordan
COST: $58.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar


Billie Jordan has been chosen as an inspiring speaker. She’s the organiser of a performing group like no other - average age 79 - who turned up the volume, got the beat going and went all the way from Waiheke Island to compete in the USA where they took the hip-hopping world by storm. Walking frames, and all! 

President Selwyn Haworth says "the event's been planned to combine an entertaining speaker with a superb luncheon at a great venue and an opportunity to enjoy fellowship.   

"I know there are members who have indicated they intend registering with their partners.  Don’t delay, register now, to help us organise this event with the Waipuna Hotel. There is no profit to our Association - in fact, a small financial contribution is being made. We have made it easy to register and pay on-line. Now’s the time to act....”  
 
Payment: 
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

Shakespeare and Justices of the Peace - 400 Year Old Connections

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare is being celebrated around the world this year. While the exact date of his death is in doubt, what is known is that he had a close relationship with Justices of the Peace in his lifetime. He carried the principles of justice, and those who served it, into his most celebrated plays. He registers his disrespect for the system in his satire.

William grew up in the family household, Stratford-upon-Avon. His father, John,was very involved in community affairs becoming a trusted, level-headed civil servant. He began as the elected borough ale taster, responsible for ensuring that weights and measures and prices were observed by innkeepers, butchers, bakers and town traders.

Appointment followed as borough Constable - a position similar to an early police constable- and then in 1559 John became the officer responsible for assessing fines for offences carrying penalties not explicitly defined by the existing statutes of the time. This role led to his becoming a Burgess then a Chamberlain.

He would have been known by the title as a 'Goodman', then by 1564 John was an Alderman, a member of the Common Hall of Stratford. A few years later he was named High Bailiff, the present-day equivalent of Mayor in which capacity he presided at the sessions of the Court of Record and at council meetings.

Shakespeare, William: On 23rd April 1616 at his home, “New Place”, Stratford-upon-Avon, lateof the Globe Theatre, London, gent, poet, playwright and actor, of natural causes aged 52. Wife of Anne (nee Hathaway), father of Susanna, Judith and the late Hamnet. Son of the late John Shakespeare, Justice of the Peace. Funeral at Holy Trinity Church on April 25th followed by intermentin the church’s chancel.

William Shakespeare 1564 - 1616:thinglink.com

John Shakespeare, Justice of the Peace -Geni

John Shakespeare, through his office of Justice of the Peace, was a recruiter of troops to fight in the Northern Rebellion, a task William would later write into his plays through the character Robert Shallow.

William, until his early teens, would have been well aware of all his father’s duties. In his book, “Shakespeare: A Life”, Clarendon Press, 1998, Peter Honan, says “…in his plays we have very good evidence as to what William Shakespeare came deeply to understand, or signs of his intimate knowledge…”

Elizabethan Times 

Crime and punishment in small towns like Stratford-upon-Avon were dealt with by Justices of the Peace, appointed by the Crown. It was an unpaid office, undertaken voluntarily. Those seeking appointment were from the upper classes, often looking for personal recognition, a closer connection with local affairs or to reinforce stature in the community. Once appointed, their jurisdiction was wide, though more serious cases were supposed to be held over for travelling Judges on circuit. But local Justices of the Peace usually resolved matters so they did not look subordinate.

Those miscreants before the Justices of the Peace might have been accused of theft, begging, adultery, indebtedness, forging and fraud. All carried severe sentences: those guilty of theft of anything worth more than five pence could be hanged. So, too, could those found poaching game at night: similar daytime activities were not deemed capital offences. Many crimes in Shakespeare’s time resulted from abject poverty: desperate acts by poor people eeking a bare existence. Justices of the Peace in many towns also administered a “Poor Tax”, funds gathered from local landowners to help the needy and unemployed.

Justice of the Peace: Thomas Lucy 

William Shakespeare was acquainted not only with his father as Justice of the Peace but others and while all these have a direct bearing on his writings, some weren’t so cordial. Familiar legend has it that William was caught poaching on Sir Thomas Lucy’s Charlecote Park Estate on the fringes of Stratford-upon-Avon and prosecuted.

The indignant landlord Lucy was a Justice of the Peace, and he, himself, heard the case notwithstanding an obvious clash of interest. He sentenced Shakespeare to a flogging, which was carried out.

William retaliated with his pen, writing a satirical ballad making fun of his prosecutor:

Sir Thomas Lucy - Statue at Charlecote Park - Flickr

Shakespeare appears before Thomas Lucy, JP, by Thomas Brooks - W/P

“A parliament member, a justice of peace,
At home a poor scarecrow, at London an ass,
If lousy is Lucy as some folks miscall it
Then Lucy is lousy whatever befall it”.

Researchers say that this lampooning of His Lordship, some of which suggested his wife was unfaithful, got so uncomfortable for Shakespeare that the 23 year old fled to London seeking refuge. This episode left William with an unhealthy view of the justice system later reflected in some of his plays.

Shallow Plays Lucy? 

The theory is that Sir Thomas Lucy is the aged Robert Shallow, a character in both Henry IV Part 2 and Merry Wives of Windsor. In Henry, Justice Robert Shallow, with cousin and fellow squire Justice Silence, recruit soldiers for the royal army. The candidates are presented to Falstaff, named Mouldy, Shadow, Wart, Feeble and Bullcalf. Their names tell the story: all are poor men, dirty, dressed in rags: Shakespeare’s theme playing up the juxtaposition between the rich and the poor.

Falstaff puts one across Shallow which results in Shallow’s indebtedness, reducing him to the ranks of the destitute - which probably is exactly where the retaliatory Shakespeare would have liked to have seen Sir John Lucy, and all his likes, in real life. 

In Merry Wives the same theory is often repeated, that Robert Shallow is based on Sir Thomas Lucy, mainly because the plot begins with Falstaff poaching deer from Shallow’s estate. Sounds familiar! Falstaff admits his crime. Shallow threatens prosecution, but - lampooning the justice system again - Falstaff reminds Shallow of damaging, inside, knowledge he has and thus, despite his Guilty plea, avoids prosecution. The play then develops into Shallow’s promotion of Slender’s courtship and marriage to Anne Page of an upper-class family, possibly Shakespeare’s commentary on continuation of class differences.

Country Justices Shallow and Silence on stage painted by J. Coghan: c 1820 -W/P

Shallow’s Lines  

These well illustrate Shakespeare’s knowledge of Justices of the Peace. In Merry Wives Robert Shallow is described in a bit of puffery that he is not only a Justice of the Peace but a “quorum Justice”, one whose presence was necessary to constitute a bench that carried legal authority. Later Shakespeare describes Shallow as the county's principal justice—the "Custa-lorum" and that his three-hundred-year-old title as a local esquire is not merely the temporary designation granted by the state to justices during their tenure.

300 years, according to the Bard’s line, dates the title “Justice of the Peace” back to the 1300s and he’s correct. It’s generally accepted that this was the first use of the name for the office in a direction issued by Plantagenet Edward III in 1327. However, those who preserved the King’s peace, the origin of the office, were appointed even earlier in the time of Richard I.

Justice Shallow (left) with John Falstaff by H. C. Selous - W/P

Swallow also betrays himself as not quite the paragon of virtue in the office of Justice of the Peace. In Merry Wives he reveals he’d like to settle matters with Falstaff out or court, suggesting the sword.
And that, although aged and a Justice of the Peace, “…if I see a sword out, my finger itches to make one…”

Shakespeare reveals inside knowledge when he introduces the office of Armigero. Robert Shallow, self-importantly, stresses that he is a member of the armigerous gentry, a gentleman who, although not a peer, is entitled to bear a coat of arms. Shakespeare makes fun of the title, and the differentiation from the gentry when, through Shallow, he stresses that this “gentility”is entitled only through the derivation of the term "esquire" from "armiger”,an apprentice-knight who bore his master's armour, no more.

This may also be Shakespeare’s commentary on his father, John’s coat of arms. John applied for a family coat of arms several times between 1560 and 1590 but was turned down, perhaps because he had been accused of a few minor crimes as a businessman or, in hard times, he could not afford the cost of repeated applications. By 1596 William was well-known and renewed the submission. John was granted a coat of arms on the basis of his grandfather’s faithful service to King Henry VII! The motto was “Not Without Right”.

Depiction of John Shakespeare’s Coat of Arms -W/P

Justice of the Peace: William Gardiner  

Some scholars say the part of Swallow was not written to make fun of Sir Thomas Lucy at all, but to satirise William Gardiner, a ne’er do well accused of corruption, cheating (even members of his own family) and theft, with whom Shakespeare had come into strenuous conflict over Gardiner’s attempts to close the Swan Theatre.

Gardiner was also a Justice of the Peace -reinforcing those theories that Swallow is, in fact, Gardiner and that Shakespeare’s retaliation against him was alive and well, included in his plays. Whatever, Shakespeare lampooned the law, its processes and those locals administering it: Justices of the Peace.

Justice of the Peace: Sir Thomas North  

A contemporary of Shakespeare, Sir Thomas North, was a celebrated military officer and translator. He was also a Justice of the Peace. His translation of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives is recognised as one of the earliest masterpieces of English prose and a major influence in its development.

The work is a collection of biographies of Roman and Greek notables and became source-text for some of Shakespeare’s plays. The Bard drew materials for Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra and Timon of Athens, and in some, notably Antony and Cleopatra, he borrowed Thomas North’s prose putting it more or less word for word into blank verse. Shakespeare’s connection with this Justice of the Peace inspired at least four of his works.

North's translation, first published in 1579,
was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth

Other References  

In Henry IV Part 2 Jack Cade, a rebel leading revolt against the government has the lines critical of the system:


Rebels Lord Saye and Sele before Jack Cade- depiction of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2, by painter Charles Lucy (1884) - W/P

“Thou hast appointed justices of peace, to call poor men before them about matters they were not able to answer. Moreover, thou hast put them in prison; and because they could not read, thou hast hanged them; when, indeed, only for that cause they have been most worthy to live. Thou dost ride in a foot-cloth, dost thou not?”

And one more reference, probably better-known than all the rest: the Jaques’ melancholy soliloquy in As You Like It. Jaques was a nobleman who preferred the forest “…more free from peril than the envious court…” and cheered the exiles with his antics and with his philosophy he so magnificently expresses in this sonnet. In it, he likens the world to a stage and all the people taking their respective parts as actors.

Continuing a dramatic theme it speaks of life as if a play in seven Acts: seven stages as man progresses from infancy to the grave. One of these stages Shakespeare likens to the Justice. For all the lampooning, disrespect and satire of Justices in other plays, I think the Bard might be seen as sincere towards the Office in Jaques’ speech. Maybe a kind of balancing act?

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything”.

Jaques depicted in "As you like It"
- Typhoo Tea Coupon 1937

So Shakespeare likens his fifth stage in life to the Justice: mature, corpulent, well fed, comfortably off, conscious of his (aging?) appearance and wise… “Full of saws…”, (sayings and maxims) “…and modern instances” (facts, cases).

The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death will be celebrated this month in literary circles, and way beyond. Recent attendances at the pop-up replica of the Globe Theatre in Auckland have shown the continuing popularity of his plays. After more than 400 years Shakespeare is an institution. So, toois the office of Justice of the Peace which, as Shakespeare pointed out, is much older. The Bard came into personal contact with Justices of the Peace in his lifetime: they obviously left an impression on him, some better than others, and their characters live on in his plays.

RCC April 2016
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New Names to Remember, like Kara Bang Bang

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, April 16, 2016

“Sirocco”, “Gentleman Jack”, “King Dick”, “Robbie” and “Opai the India Rubber Man” are all New Zealand nicknames* current in their time. 

Well, be ready to get acquainted with some new aliases. Missy M, Big Deal, Kara Bang Bang, BB Rizzell, and Leila G are all rising show-biz names part of the Hip-Op-eration team from Waiheke. 

Their Crew Manager, Billie Jordan, is guest speaker at the 
Auckland Justice of the Peace Association’s 
May luncheon, May 15th at Mt Wellington’s Waipuna Lodge. 

She’s going to tell a story of aspiration -  how she led the dancers from practice in the car park outside Placemakers at Ostend to an appearance on the world stage in Las Vegas . It’s a journey not to be missed. Oh, and a reminder: the dancers are all aged between 65 and the senior, Kara Bang Bang, is aged 96. 

Working from her walking frame, Madame Bang Bang and 6 other Hip-Op crew-members took out the Masters title earlier this year at the Auckland Regional Championships. 

Association Members have been sent invitations to the luncheon by email and full details are in other news items below and on the members’ pages on this site.  

Kara Bang Bang, indeed. What an name! Eat ya heart out, Madonna! 

*”Sirocco” is the male Kakapo, championing the  recovery programme for the species, “Gentleman Jack” was former Prime Minister Sir John Marshall while “King Dick”, Richard John Seddon held the same office, “Robbie” was Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, Auckland’s long-time campaigning mayor, and “Opai the India Rubber Man” was Albert Asher, supple, flexible and bouncy, avoiding tackles in the face of opposing players on the Rugby League field

New National Education Officer

Ric Carlyon - Friday, April 15, 2016

A new National Education Officer has been appointed by Royal Federation of N. Z. Justices Association. 
She’s Helen Leatherby, replacing Sarah Loftus who resigned earlier this year. 
Helen Leatherby is from England and accompanies her family to New Zealand. She holds several degrees, has worked in both the UK and Europe and has experience in teaching adults.
This has included coordinating programmes for distant learning in Human Rights studies for international students and since arriving in New Zealand her expertise has been sought by the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. 


8 New Justices of the Peace

Ric Carlyon - Monday, April 04, 2016

Former politician John Banks was back in the District Court at Auckland today… to be re-sworn as a Justice of the Peace. He resigned from office when he faced litigation alleging that he had filed false electoral returns. But having been cleared of all charges, he was one of 8 candidates in the District Court today to be sworn in as Justice of the Peace by District Court Judge, Her Honour Philippa Cunningham. She was accompanied on the bench by His Worship Selwyn Haworth, President of the Auckland Justice of the Peace Association.
The others sworn in were Jia Jia Chen of Blockhouse Bay; Wiebke Gailer of Campbells Bay; Maria Gomes of Central Business District; Charlene Mataio of Muriwai; Geoffery Polkinghorne of Mt Albert; Joga Singh of Otahuhu and Andrew Va’a from Favona.   
Today’s ceremony followed the trend of Justices of the Peace appointed lately - they are from a wide cross-section of the community, coming from varied callings and backgrounds - reflecting Auckland’s diverse population and the need to provide Justice of the Peace services across-the-board.  
 



Courtroom ceremony: L-R President Selwyn Haworth, Jia Jia Chen, Joga Singh, John Banks, 
Wiebke Gailer, Maria Gomes, Judge Philippa Cunningham, Geoffrey Polkinghorne, Charlene Mataio and Andrew Va'a

 

From the new National President …

Ric Carlyon - Monday, March 21, 2016

New President, Denise Hutchins, is just one month into her Presidency. She was invited, through this column, to talk to Auckland Justices of the Peace. 

 "
What a pleasure to meet with Justices of Peace from around Aotearoa - New Zealand, including the large contingent from Auckland, at the recent National Conference/AGM in Dunedin. It was a meeting of old friends and those experiencing a national gathering for the first time. We all learnt something new, did the business end of things, networked, had some fun, and above all enjoyed the fellowship of colleagues.
 

Welcoming new Justices is everyone’s responsibility. For Federations vision of ‘Excellence in the provision of accessible justice services’ to be realised, Federation has a responsibility to put in place the tools and processes that enable Associations to continuously improve this vital role. Associations have the responsibility to look after new Justices, supporting them to become fully functioning and active members of the wider Justice of the Peace network. Individual members within that Association likewise have the responsibility to mentor and support new Justices, teaching them the practical realities of providing a service to the public.
 
The Justice of the Peace population around the country is falling. Some amongst us are alarmed by this. It does not overly concern me (yet!). I can live with fewer, better trained/educated and active Justices. Along with this must go constant attention to how we deliver what we do. The extensive Service Desk network in the Auckland region is a sound basis from which to grow.
 
We play an important role in the Justice system, most people are likely to require the services of a Justice of the Peace at some stage of their life. The vast majority of New Zealanders will not venture any further into the Justice system. We are a key ‘cog’ in a very large wheel. Celebrate that, but remember along with it comes responsibility to maintain and grow our competence and communicate with the people we serve in a pleasant and professional manner.
 
We all have a part to play in a positive future for Justices of the Peace in our country. The Board of the Federation in seeking out new service opportunities, Associations in growing the competence of their members and individual Justices in providing a sound service to the public. Remaining relevant to the society we serve is the key to a bright future.
 
I wish all Auckland Association members well for the 2016 – 17 year and look forward to meeting as many of you as I can during the year.
 
Denise Hutchins
President"    

May Luncheon: A Truly Hip Hop Speaker

Ric Carlyon - Friday, March 11, 2016

Billie Jordan fled from Canterbury after the earthquakes, moved to Waiheke Island only to get a whole lot of shakin’ going on there. 
Billie founded Hip ‘Op, moulding a group of senior citizens into a dance troupe extraordinaire where aches, pains and walking frames are ignored as Hip Hop takes over. 


Led by Billie, the participants with an average age of 79 became polished performers. Modern music, and with the volume turned up a bit at that, was tolerated, indeed welcomed, as the beat went on, accompanying the hip-hoppers all the way to the USA to perform on the world stage.

Billie Jordan will recall highlights of her remarkable Hip ‘Op journey from Waiheke to the show-biz of glitzy Las Vegas wen she's guest speaker at the Auckland Justice of the Peace in May. Details also in the website Members’ Section, including on-line registration as an option. 

DATE: Sunday 15 May 2016 (this is NOT Mother’s Day!)
TIME: 12 noon – 3.00 pm
VENUE: Wellington’s Restaurant, Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre,58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington
GUEST: Billie Jordan
COST: $58.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar


Payment: 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




Council Briefs

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, March 10, 2016

From yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association 

Accreditation is coming to a JP near you! The Royal Federation’s scheme is being introduced mid-year: meanwhile Council is keen to retain its “Active and Current” initiative locally… that all Justices are Active, regularly providing services to the community and Current, competent in their work, up to date with. Council members believe the two measures to improve and maintain competencies can be dove-tailed and are looking at ways to amalgamate them. 

May Luncheon Council members were advised that, for the first time, registration for the May Luncheon (May 15th at Waipuna Lodge) will be able to be made on-line through the Association’s website… among other options for those without access to the internet.

Badge The Association’s unique badge is protected under our Rules. 

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Council believes this may need strengthening and will consider formulating guidelines about its use. 


Our Subscription  It was noted during deliberations in Dunedin that Associations throughout the land have different subscriptions ranging from $30 t0 $70 and some have no reduction for JP Retired members. Auckland’ sub, at $55 is therefore about average… and we have a reduced sub, $18, for JP Retired folk. A

And by the way, those members who are not financial have been given a reminder that their subs are now due

Ongoing Education  This module is now available on the Royal Federation’s website, presenting ongoing education opportunities designed to support learning that takes place at Education sessions convened (in our case) at Support Groups meetings, District Seminars and at Regional Conference. 

RFoNZJA logo White-721-855  Ongoing Education Module

On Line Education incorporates changes made in last year’s Ministerial Manual. While a great aid towards competency, it’s not directly connected with Accreditation moves. 

Certificates of Service Those members eligible for long service (30 years, for instance) should advise the Registrar so appropriate certificates can be prepared. This is a one-chance offer, a “catch up” opportunity, for long-serving members who have not had long service previously recognised.  

Support Groups/Service Desks Council members are considering whether further guidelines should be formulated to assist activities of these two most important Association undertakings.

Further Conference Notes

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

From Conference Correspondent - member of Auckland delegation to Conference, Council Member Sherryl Wilson: 
  • Thought Provoking.  Saturday morning’s inspirational speaker was Lesley Elliott, mother of Sophie Elliott who was tragically murdered by her ex-partner of only five months in the most horrific circumstance.  Lesley is dedicating her life to the Sophie Elliott Foundation whose aim is to raise the awareness of all young women, and their families and friends, of the signs of partner abuse. This was an emotional and stirring start to Saturday’s business but gave everyone in the room much to ponder upon.
  • Farewell. The National Education Officer (NEO), Sarah Loftus has resigned after more than five years in the role and will shortly take up her new position with the NZ Law Society’s Continuing Legal Education Ltd.  Tributes were paid at Conference to Sarah for her commitment and dedication in the position. 
  • Retired. Conference passed Bay of Plenty’s remit requesting the Secretary of Justice to use his discretion to grant JP Retired status to those who have served less than ten years’ service.
  • Financial. The capitation fee payable by associations to RF based on membership as at 31 August 2016 was set at $15.00 plus GST – a rise of $2.00
  • Communications. 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.
  • Regional Conferences. Whilst the North Otago remit to hold the National Conference biennially was passed, the second part of their motion "that regional conferences be held in the intervening years, that is, every second year” was lost. Most Associations expressed the desire to be able to choose when to hold their regional conferences: these are mostly held annually.
  • Workshop Sessions. These were diverse and interesting with Auckland delegates attending all of these in order to give feedback to Council and the membership where needed. 
  • Education. The Ongoing Education Module (OEM) went live on Saturday evening and is now accessible on the Royal Federation’s website.  It is a stand-alone opportunity for members to upskill and is not directly linked to, but does support, Accreditation.  There are a set of activities that can be accessed online (although at the moment these need to be downloaded to use) and it does support the revised manual of 2015. It can be accessed as often as is wanted and no records are kept as to how often it’s utilised or for how long.  It is just the beginning with more to follow!
  • 2017. Next year's Annual Conference will be in Rotorua a little later than usual: 3-5 March.  

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