Conference – Auckland Angles

Team Auckland, with apologies about the late afternoon sun!

Notes from this year’s Annual Conference of the  Royal Federation of N.Z. Justices’ Associations held in Blenheim over the weekend.

+ Auckland Association was represented at the Conference by President Sheryl Wilson, Vice- President Susan Walker, Past-President Selwyn Haworth and Council Members Roger Brookes, Terry Holding, Garry Nicholls, Frank Rands and Wallis Walker. Registrar Janet Thompson also attended, also long-time member Chris Cameron.

+ Garry Nicholls was installed as Auckland Regional Representative on the Federation’s Board and he has already attended his first Board meeting, held immediately the Conference concluded yesterday afternoon. He replaces Ric Carlyon who, during the closing stages of Conference, was thanked for his services while on the Board.

+ Auckland Registrar Janet Thompson, in a Plenary Session, explained how Auckland Association established its successful Facebook page: the mechanics, security considerations, rules about content and the need to keep it up to date. If the interest in Janet’s presentation is anything to go by, other Associations will soon be getting up their own Facebook pages. Royal Federation has already decided it will have its own pages.

+ As mentioned elsewhere in News, three of Auckland’s remits found favour, one did not.

+ Reporting  on the remits that Auckland put up last year and which were agreed-to:

  • Complaints about Justices  it’s been decided that complaints related to the competence of a Justice of the Peace, who is a member of an Association, in the administration of their Ministerial Duties will be managed by the relevant Association. All other complaints, including those relating to Justices who do not belong to an Association, are to be managed by the Royal Federation’s National Office. This was put to all delegates at Conference who agreed with the policy.
  • Service Desks:  It’s been agreed, as per the remit, that there’s now no limit on the number of new Service Desks for which funding can be granted applied-for.
  • Ministerial Training: The intent of the remit asking for $100,000 from Ministry of Justice for Ministerial educators, it’s agreed, will be included in the negotiation of the next Contract for Service with the Ministry.

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