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Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga, today hosted a meeting as part of National Volunteer Week with Chris Penk, MP for Helensville, to thank East Auckland Justices of the Peace for their service to the community.

“National Volunteer Week is a chance to thank the over 1.2 million volunteers in New Zealand that work in and serve our communities every year, and East Auckland is home to some of the best,” says Mr Brown.

“From small local groups like the Sowers Trust, to East Auckland chapters of national organisations like the Salvation Army and the Citizens Advice Bureau, our volunteers provide an invaluable service to our community and I sincerely thank them for it.”

“One of the most vital volunteer roles we have in New Zealand is that of a Justice of the Peace, and we have about 150 active JPs in East Auckland. Our JPs give up countless hours of their time to serve our community, staffing service branches around the area and inviting people into their homes to fulfil the role.”

“I held a meeting this afternoon with our local JPs and invited Chris Penk, MP for Helensville and National Spokesperson for Courts, to join me. We appreciated the opportunity to thank our JPs and Chris led a discussion on their role and how we can better assist them going forward.”

“One of the little-known facts about JPs is that they also work in our courts system as judicial JPs, helping to ensure our courts run smoothly.”

“JPs in East Auckland also operate community stands at local shopping centres that have served over 20,000 people in the last year alone.”

“Thank you again to all our JPs and volunteers within our community for the incredible work you do every day.”

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