Hunt for more JPs bearing fruit

A Southland recruitment drive for more justices of the peace has been successful, the Southland Justices of the Peace Association says.

Gavin Evans, registrar for the Southland association council, said the council was pleased with the numbers nominated.

The aim was to get a better gender balance and more rural and Maori representation.

He expected about 25 people would be "entered into the system" at various stages this year - from nomination to being sworn in.

There had been six nominations in Te Anau, a possible four in Winton and the Tuatapere selection process would start this month, he said.

Elspeth Cleland from Mossburn, was one of the first to be sworn in as a rural JP following the recruitment drive, and the first in 2013.

She was sworn in at a ceremony in Invercargill on Wednesday and said taking on the role was a way to give back to the community.

The Southland Times