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Royal Federation's Annual Conference

Ric Carlyon - Sunday, March 04, 2018

The Annual Conference of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations is being held in Christchurch this weekend. Fittingly it’s being held in the city during Canterbury Association’s centennial year. 28 Associations are attending.

Conference has a line-up of remits from Associations and there are constitutional matters on the agenda.

Proceedings were opened with a Powhiri, a welcome from Canterbury Association and addresses by the Minister of Justice, Andrew Little and the Associate Minister Aupiuto Sio.

Yesterday’s first guest speaker was Patron of the Canterbury Association, Judge Lester Chisholm, who alerted his audience to “Meeting the Challenges of the Future", encompassing the Internet, Economics versus Justice, and Influencing the Public Mind. The second guest speaker was Chief Justice Jan-Marie Doogue gave a glimpse of her office and public life when she spoke on “A week in the Life of the Chief Justice”. 

Some of Auckland's delegates in session at Royal Federation's Annual Conference

Business sessions flowed well with good participation from attendees and amendments to the Constitution and revised Federation policies 
were disposed of with just a few amendments. 

While delegates were hard at work, partners were treated to an excellent outing during the day visiting Riccarton House and Homebush, the pioneering Deans family farm in the foothills. The surprise treat was a visit to a private collection of vintage cars as well as two Wurlitzer organs. Richard Cobb, a highly skilled musician, entertained the group playing one of these organs.

Last night’s Conference Dinner was an enjoyable occasion with members and guests mingling beforehand over pre-dinner drinks with entertainment by a talented youth orchestra. During the dinner outgoing President, Denise Hutchins, handed the "chain of office" to incoming President, Rachael O'Grady

The Conference concludes today.

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