New faces join JP ranks
It has been two centuries since the first Justice of Peace signing in New Zealand and the association is still going strong, with three new members in South Waikato.
Whakamaru’s Charlene Campbell along with Toko- roa’s Jeff Gash and Michele Haugh were initiated as JPs in December.
The three were longstanding members of the community, Tokoroa JP Association chairman Bruce Nairn said.
Nominations happen when the association has gaps.
‘‘We work with the local MP to see what the needs are in the community.’’
The last new members were signed in two years ago.
Even after 200 years, JPs are still a vital part of society, Nairn said.
‘‘ There’s still a need for them in the community.’’
All three have lived in their community for well over a decade.
For Campbell it was where she grew up and the Mangakino Health Practice manager said her central location in the village would help those needing JP services.
SIGNED IN: Jeff Gash, left, Tokoroa JP Association chairman Bruce Nairn, Charlene Campbell and Michele Haugh celebrate the JP signing ceremony at the Tokoroa Court House.