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Update - Royal Federation of NZ Justices Associations

Ric Carlyon - Monday, May 26, 2014

From Wallis Walker, Auckland Regional Representative to RFNZJA

+ 2014 Conference in Waitangi started the Year of JPs in grand style with celebrations of 200 years of service of JPs in NZ. We have much to be proud of so please take the opportunities to let the public know of the huge contribution we make to justice in NZ. Enacting justice in our communities through taking declarations, affidavits, affirmations, witnessing signatures, all contribute hugely to our economy and our democratic way of life.

+ Royal Federation of NZ Justices Associations (RFNZJA) website is full of information to help you with your role as a JP and keep you up to date with events.

+ The RFNZJA Board decided to have a special issue of JQ to celebrate 200 years. If you have any anecdotes about you or your relations’ experiences as JPs, Geoff Davies, editor would welcome these, along with any advertisers wishing to congratulate JPs on their 200th year. This would help with costs. Geoff Davies email is

+ Dr Philip Harkness continues his work on writing a book on the past 200 years of JPs in NZ. He’s  hoping to have it printed later this year and available to you in 2015.

+ Conference 2014 made a decision not to continue the policy on accreditation. The Board will be considering what next. I am interested in hearing your opinions on this and the related practising certificates previously agreed to by RFNZJA.

+ The Board is also preparing a Strategic Plan for the next 3 years and this will guide our application for government funding. Unfortunately over the past 3 years the Board has not been able to do all the things it would like to, due to limitations of funding.

+ To help the dedicated volunteers who work hard in governing JP Associations the Board gained some sponsorship and, along with interest from the Education Trust, are running a 2 day Emerging Leaders Seminar in July. Congratulations to Yvonne Hawkins and Jade Wood from Auckland on being selected for this seminar along with the following; Geoff Abbott, Northland: Cathy Hurst, North Otago: Brian Hurst, Nelson Tasman: James Wilson, Eastern Bay of Plenty: Jane Lacey, Wellington: Peter Pritchard, Hauraki: Phyllis Rintoul, Far North: A. Christine Small, Rotorua: Ken Swinney, Southland: Tangi Utikere, Central Districts: Janet Williams, Waikato: Stephen Wise, Ashburton
and Gary Pollack, Hawkes Bay.

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