Justices of the Peace continue with marriage ceremonies at the Hub West Henderson, and what started as an experiment has, increasingly, become a popular alternative to other kinds of ceremony.
Justices became involved when changes were proposed to the “Registry Office” style of weddings in West Auckland. The Department of Internal Affairs and the Royal Federation of Justices Associations agreed to a joint venture and the Hub West was chosen for the experiment. Local Justices were enlisted to perform the ceremonies.
That was 3 years ago and the “experiment” has continued each Friday ever since, with the number of marriages on the increase. Last month, July, for example 39 weddings were solemnised before Justices of the Peace at the Hub West. The forecast of 400 for the year will almost certainly be exceeded.
Auckland’s Representative on the Board of the Royal Federation, Pat Samson says “It's another use of Justice's talents and expertise and I am thrilled with the progress to date.”
Similar ceremonies conducted by Justices are about to be trialed at Hamilton District Court.