Meeting Brevities

The Council of the Auckland Justices of the Peace met today, its regular monthly meeting. Here are topics of interest:

+ The Association’s “new look” website is almost ready to debut, stage one in the makeover project. Visitors will find it easier to navigate and as the site runs up to speed, stage two will kick in, adding more, and up-to-date, information.

+ Service Desks. Northcote CAB is closed for renovations for a month: the Desk is temporarily relocated in nearby Northart premises. Later this month Remuera’s Service Desk will move from the CAB to the Public Library, thus retaining Justice of the Peace services in Remuera Village. The Association’s Eastern-most Desk has opened in the Medical Centre at Beachlands and in September a Desk will be opened at the Royal Oak Mall.

+ Council members analysed influences on membership numbers. They observed that minor fluctuations with resignations and deaths roughly equal new appointments – which have increased lately. One reason for resignations was that members were cashing-up and leaving Auckland, but this trend seems to be reducing.

+ Council will consider making submissions to the Royal Federation of Justices Association’s upcoming review of the Ministerial Manual. The Federation has invited all Justices to contribute ideas on how the Manual might be improved or updated.

+ 16 Justices, who have had many chances to pay their subscriptions, will be advised they are no longer members, un-financial for more than 2 years, as per the Association’s Rules. Some 1,400 members renewed their subscription for 2017/18.

+The first Hub training in series 2 for this year has already been held – Waiheke Support Group took the lead. When it came to revision of the process to complete affidavits for Dissolution of Marriage, the Justice was confronted with a particularly caustic couple playing the role: a situation sometimes encountered in real life! Starting this Saturday, hubs are coming to a location near you – remember that you do not have to attend the Hub nearest you… mix and match to suit your diary noting there are sessions in the morning and in early and late afternoon.

Red Beach Saturday 14 July 10am – 12 noon
Birkdale Sunday 22 July 10am – 12 noon
Mt Roskill Saturday 4 August 2pm – 4pm
Manukau City Saturday 4 August 4pm – 6pm
Kohimarama Saturday 11 August 9am – 11am
Panmure Saturday 25 August 2pm – 4pm
Te Atatu Saturday 1 September 10am – 12noon
Herne Bay Saturday 8 September 1pm – 3pm

+ Further arrangements were made at today’s meeting for the Justices’ Annual Conference, incorporating the Association’s Annual General Meeting, on Sunday September 30th at Alexandra Park Raceway from 9am.

+And another date for the diary – Thursday 18th October, the Association’s Annual Dinner 6.30 pm, at the Quality Hotel in Parnell. Further details late.

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