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Eleven service desks operate in the eastern districts area which includes Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach, Howick and Botany through to Flat Bush. They’ve been around for a number of years, says Garry Nicholls, the district’s JP co-ordinator, but more recently demand has accelerated. “There’s been huge growth in their use,” Mr Nicholls says. “New migrants have driven the growth because some are reluctant to go to people’s private homes, so these desks service their needs. “The service desks also oper- ate at night catering for those who can’t get to a JP during the day.” Responding specifcally for the after-hours trade is the recently- opened service desk at Pakuranga Plaza, available on Thursdays from 6-7.30pm, along with How- ick Information Centre (6.30-7pm) and Botany Library (6.30-8pm) on Thursdays. More than 11,000 people visited the service desks in the eastern dis- tricts last year. An appointment is not neces- sary but there can be a wait. Mr Nicholls says it’s not uncom- mon to see queues, particularly at Botany Library, where three JPs are stationed, and sometimes at Pakuranga Citizens Advice Bureau, which operates a Saturday 9.30- 11am service. Plans are under way to open another service desk at Half Moon Bay, alleviating pressure on peo- ple who otherwise must travel to Pakuranga, Howick or Botany for out-of-hours service. More than 150 JPs are registered in the east, although only about 100 are active. Mr Nicholls says the challenge is to make sure new JPs are join- ing up, particularly for the growing Botany/Flat Bush area. A feature of the eastern districts pool of JPs, he says, is the selection of ethnicities. A variety of nationalities are reg- istered speaking 16 different lan- guages, apart from English. “We’re always looking for new recruits and they have to meet stringent criteria,” he says. Nominations for appointments are accepted only from the Mem- ber of Parliament for the electorate where the nominee lives, or from a list MP with endorsement of the appropriate electorate MP. Nominees must have an adequate standard of education and genuine desire to serve the community. They should be of good stand- ing in the community (unrelated to material prosperity) and should be respected as people of good sense, character and integrity. “I’ve been a JP since 1989 and the role has not changed a great deal,” Mr Nicholls says. “But how we carry out our duties has changed a lot. The detail we need to attend to now is much greater, so there’s a big emphasis on getting the details right.” A JP’s role includes witnessing a person’s signature on a document, certifying copies of documents and completing an affdavit, which is a document sworn on oath or affrmed and is normally used in legal proceedings. They may also complete a variety of statutory declarations and Gov- ernment forms, including health, education and immigration. However, JPs may be, but are not necessarily, marriage celebrants. While service desks are conven- ient, some people still prefer to make an appointment and visit a JP at their home, Mr Nicholls says. Because they provide the service in their free time, it’s necessary to phone to make an appointment and ensure it’s made with the JP, not a family member or friend. The service is free and JPs may not accept or ask for any offered payment or gift. Documents should be dealt with by the JP immediately and com- pletely while the client waits. They should never attend to the documents in the client’s absence and hand them back at a later time. People should make sure they can observe the documents at all times and should not sign anything before the appointment. JP service desks in the south- ■ east are at Pakuranga Citizens Advice Bureau, Pakuranga Mall (Monday 1-2pm, Tuesday 10-11am, Wednesday 1-2pm, Friday 1-2pm, Saturday 9.30-11am); Pakuranga Plaza (Thursday 6-7.30pm); Ho- wick Information Centre, Picton Street (Tuesday 12-1pm, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm); Botany Citizens Ad- vice Bureau, Botany Town Centre (Tuesday 1-2pm, Wednesday 12 noon-1pm Thursday 12 noon-1pm); Botany Library, Botany Town Cen- tre (Thursday 6.30-8pm). Names, addresses and telephone ■ numbers for JPs are listed in the Auckland Yellow Pages, or online at the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association website www. jpauckland.org.nz.
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