New faces join JP ranks

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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