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Eden-Albert at St Lukes CAB in Expansive Mood

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Justice of the Peace Service Desk at Eden-Albert at St Lukes Citizens Advice Bureau is kept busy during its 10 weekly sessions, mornings (10 to 11.30) and afternoons (1 to 2.30), Monday - Friday.
 
Now, to help meet demand, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings have been added. Thursday evenings because that’s late-night shopping at the adjacent Westfield St Lukes Mall and Saturday mornings to provide additional opportunities for those seeking a Justice of the Peace.
 
The two new sessions were requested by Manager of the Eden-Albert at St Lukes CAB, Delphine David, who provides CAB volunteers to assist while the local Justice of the Peace Support Group has rostered Justices of the Peace to the additional sessions. 
 
Thursday evening hours at the Eden-Albert at St Lukes CAB are 5 until 6.30 and Justices of the Peace are also in attendance from 10 until 11.30 on Saturday mornings


Happy 90th Otago!

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The Otago Justices of the Peace Association has celebrated its 90th birthday. 

A special luncheon was held to mark the milestone attended by members and guests, including Royal Federation President, Denise Hutchins, and Southern Regional Representative, Gavin Evans. After local President Helen Meiklejohn welcomed everyone she took a look back at what was happening in New Zealand during 1926, the year the Association was formed including:

The New Zealand Reform Government introduced the world’s first fully state-funded family benefit in 1926, partly in response to concerns over New Zealand’s falling birth rate. The allowance was 2 shillings for the third and each subsequent child in a family.

Famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and a corps de ballet of 50 dancers performed to audiences throughout New Zealand which included a performance Dunedin 

The first 18 female Justices of the Peace were appointed in New Zealand during 1926. The 18 appointees included Elizabeth McCombs who in 1933 would become New Zealand’s first woman MP. Also among this group was the grandmother of Ian Park, husband of current Association member Jean Park MNZM JP. Jean attended the luncheon wearing the original JP pin that was presented in 1926.

Federation President Denise Hutchins then congratulated the Otago Association on behalf of the Federation. President Helen in turn presented Denise with a cheque for $1,000.00 for the JP Education Trust. This money came from profit made by the Otago Association at the National Conference held in February.

Otago Justices of the Peace Association Newsletter - Abridged

Obituary: Life Member, Past President Ross Familton

Ric Carlyon - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waldour Ross Familton, QSO, JP, who died yesterday aged 96 years, was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1980 and was a former member of Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association for almost 20 years. 

He was made Life Member of the Association in 2003. 

Ross sat on the Bench and gave leadership in education, selection and protocols for Judicial Justices of the Peace. He was Chairman of Education and Training, Social Committee and was editor of Court Panel Information Bulletin.

During World War 2 Ross Familton served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Pacific Islands at the height of the Japanese threat. 

After obtaining an MA with honours Ross became a teacher. In 1962-63 he was President of NZ Educational Institute, the primary teachers’ professional organisation. In 1971 he was awarded a Fellowship of NZEI and later went on to serve many years as Post Primary Teachers’ Association representative on the NZEI committee responsible for selecting teachers for awards. Tamati Howard, present member of the Council of Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, was also a member of that committee. Ross retired from Principal of Avondale College.

Mr Familton was awarded the Queen's Service Order (QSO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2007 for services to education and Justices of the Peace. 

He became Justice of the Peace, Retired, in December 2014. 

His funeral will be held next Tuesday at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, 5 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, at 2pm.

Association's Annual Dinner

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 15, 2016


Annual Dinner

The Auckland Justices of the Peace Association Council warmly invites members and partners to join them at the upcoming and entertaining Annual Dinner.

DATE:  Thursday 17 November, 2016
TIME:  6.30pm for 7.00pm
VENUE: Quality Hotel Parnell, Gladstone Road, Parnell (opposite Parnell School)
GUEST: Melissa Lee, MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary for Ethnic Communities. Melissa chairs the Commerce Select Committee and is a member of the Education and Science Committee.
TOPIC: Melissa will speak to us on "Celebrating Diversity".
COST:  $50.00 (incl GST) per person + Cash Bar

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

Please pay 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 Dinner / 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

September Meeting of the Council

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Council of the Association met for the first time since last month's Annual General Meeting. 
  • New members Roger Brookes and Kamlesh Naidu were welcomed to Council.
  • Preparations were made for attendances at Royal Federation’s national conference being held in Rotorua in March next year. 
  • Combining the Annual General Meeting with the Auckland Regional Conference was considered, overall, a success with more than 200 members attending. Consideration will be given to repeating the combined meeting.
  • The Association had 1,468 members as at August 31st.
  • Investigation’s to be made to ascertain if the “Members Only” section of both Royal Federation and Auckland Association website can be linked, protected by a member’s personal password.
  • Work’s begun to improve liaison with Support Groups and Service Desks
  • 10 candidates are progressing towards becoming Justices of the Peace
  • Ministerial training during the month included refreshers on Immigration, Dissolution of Marriage, Certifying Copies for Financial Institutions and Customer Services. Members also received encouragement to complete documentation so they are Accredited Justices of the Peace.     
  • A reminder was given of the Association’s Annual Dinner on 17th November (details in a separate news item) 
  • In August, Auckland Judicial Justices of the Peace, among Court matters, heard remands and bails for a total of 974 charges involving 343 defendants. They also heard 386 traffic-related prosecutions. Justices of the Peace put in 196 hours on Court-related activities during the month.   

New Council – First Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Thursday, September 15, 2016

At the first meeting of the 2016-17 Council, President Selwyn Haworth outlined members’ responsibilities: those leading various committees of Council. 

Selwyn retains chairmanship of Registry and Finance Committee while Dawn Jones oversees Support Groups and Service Desks. 

Vice-President Garry Nicholls heads the Ministerial Training Team while Sherryl Wilson chairs Fellowship and Social Affairs. Susan Walker oversees Ministerial Complaints, Ric Carlyon looks after Communications and the Association’s website while Les Smith is appointed chairman of Judicial Matters. Neville Madden administers Issuing Officers, Section 9 Officers and Nominated Persons. 

Pat Samson is Auckland’s Representative on the Board of Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations.

“This combination of experience and energy in all our committees puts us in good shape to achieve the three main goals, as I see them, for the new 12 months,” says President, Selwyn Haworth, “to grow membership, to review the Support Group and Service Desk network and to implement our strategic plan which incorporates more Justices being “active and current”: thus better able to serve the community”

Service Desks… Our Growth Factor

Ric Carlyon - Monday, September 12, 2016

By far most activities by Justices of the Peace take place at Service Desks across Greater Auckland. And it’s a growing enterprise as those needing the services of a Justice of the Peace visit their local Service Desk... with numbers attending on a steep increase. 
The Eastern Suburbs Support Group has just added its latest Service Desk, its eighth in the district, in Flat Bush at Ormiston Senior College open on Tuesday evenings. 
In Helensville there’s now a session at the local CAB on Saturday mornings.
A ways-and-means meeting, encouraged by the local MP, has been held by Justices of the Peace at Mangere with plans to open a Service Desk there. This will fill a gap in services offered in the suburb. 
In Henderson the local Support Group is finalising venues for two further Service Desks in the vicinity of the Town Centre.
These new Desks will bring to more than 60 the number of Service Desks organised by the Auckland Justices’ Association across the Super City. 


Long Service Awards Presented

Ric Carlyon - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Opportunity was taken at the Justices of the Peace Auckland Regional Conference to present long service certificates.

50 Justices received certificates of service and appreciation - and it will be a rare sight to see so many long-serving Justices on the same platform because this was a “catch-up” of certificates “owing” for some time.

 




Thanks to Royal Federation and Ministry of Justice, the certificates were processed and made available for Sunday’s ceremony. 




President of Royal Federation, Denise Hutchins, made the presentations which recognised individual’s service ranging from 30 to 47 years



National President at Auckland Conference

Ric Carlyon - Monday, August 29, 2016

The Auckland Regional Conference of Justices of the Peace followed the Association’s Annual General Meeting. (See report below)

In her address to Members, President of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations, Denise Hutchins, reviewed recent matters and activities that the nation-wide Federation is advancing on behalf of Justices of the Peace. 

“On top of these”, she said,” we are looking to further improve public access to Justice of the Peace services, notably through Service Desks which we know have already grown in number”. 

“We are often told by officials that Justices of the Peace should be acting in wider matters, so we are about to go into talks to see if there are more ways in which Justices of the Peace may act within the Judicial, or allied, systems”.

Denise said that with increasing public service, demand for help, growth of the Justices’ organisation and possible new duties, it’s time every Justice stepped up to serve their community, to fully play their part. 

Among other matters Denise listed as being actively considered by Royal Federation: revision of the Education Trust, the distribution of funds towards Service Desks and recently-developed Maori protocols.

“Accreditation of Justices has been up and running for a few months,” says Denise, “backed up by the on-line Education Modules… useful in themselves, but also great preparation for Justices undertaking the Accreditation Test”.

Today’s Annual General Meeting

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, August 28, 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Justice of the Peace Association was held this morning at Alexandra Park Convention Centre. Some 200 members attended. 
Notes: 
The President’s and Financial Reports were received

The Treasurer explained the rationale for the budget which had been struck for the ensuing year

The annual subscription for membership will remain unchanged 

There was comment that the Registrar’s office hours should be extended.
The President explained these were constrained  by what the Association can afford

The office of Patron and Vice-Patrons remain unchanged from last year

President Selwyn Haworth was returned, unopposed, to office for the second year

Garry Nicholls was elected , unopposed, Vice-President 

Four vacancies on Council were elected unopposed: Roger Brookes, Kamiesh Naidu, Susan Walker and Wallace Walker, for a 2 year term

Colin Davis remains Immediate Past President

Patrick Samson, in the only vote at the meeting, headed off Wallace Walker as Royal Federation’s Auckland Representative

The 2 remits Auckland Council plans to present at Royal Federation’s Conference were outlined for the information of those at the meeting:
1. Seeks reimbursement to local trainers for costs of light refreshments provided at scheduled training.
2Wants Royal Federation to advise local trainers of questions answered incorrectly and the scores of tests, which will allow education to be focused on these matters. No names would be released.

Moves will be made so that Members can have single access to both Auckland and Royal Federation websites. 

The meeting concluded, followed almost immediately by the Auckland Annual Conference.   


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