The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association held its regular monthly meeting on 13 March 2019
- Garry Nicholls was welcomed to the Council meeting as the newly elected Auckland Regional Representative.
- A special Sitting of the Auckland District Court was held in early March to recognise the service of six retiring Judicial Justice. The comments from Chief District Court Judge, Judge Doogue, focused on the service given by the Justices, and their families, and the importance of Judicial Justices within the wider justice system (see other news item)
- The Council’s ongoing programme to review policies and guidelines raised for discussion two areas: Guideline for establishing a new service desk were approved, and will appear on the website shortly. Discussion also covered the idea of a Welfare Officer role for the Association, which was deferred until the April Council meeting
- Council Members were updated on issues discussed with the Royal Federation at the recent National Conference. This included the need to develop effective ways of meeting the needs of all ages of New Zealanders in appropriate ways.
- Auckland’s Registrar, Janet Thompson, shared the process of establishing Auckland’s effective Facebook page with Royal Federation Conference attendees. She also issued the first President’s Newsletter to be sent via Mailchimp, and feedback on the process is sought.
- Hub trainings are underway for this year, with Justices able to attend ANY training that suits them in terms of time and place. The next trainings are listed on the Ministerial Training Page – https://jpauckland.org.nz/ministerial-training-updates/
- Support Group Coordinators have been offered the opportunity to order name badges for their members who need them, particularly when working on a Service Desk. Requests through SG Coordinators can be funded by the Lotteries grant Auckland Association has received.
- Stamp supply vouchers, given to Support Group Coordinators to share with their teams, are also funded from the Lotteries grant. These need to be used with Stamps Plus by 31 March, or returned to the Registrar for cancellation.
- Council agreed that the annual luncheon would be at the Quality Hotel, Parnell on Sunday 9 June 2019 at a cost of $50 per person. Guest speaker will be Captain Lisa Hunn – the first woman to be in charge of a war ship.