Sworn in for justice
by Andy Bryenton
Dargaville’s newest Justice of the Peace, Viv Biddles, was sworn in on April 5, in a ceremony, which has changed little since the first JPs were drafted in the late Middle Ages.
New Zealand Justices of the Peace fulfil a more civilian role than their forebears, and the Pouto resident looks forward to assisting the public with their needs in the Western Kaipara. A life long resident of the west coast, Viv has been a farmer for 35 years along with her husband Kim and sons Sam and Joe. As an active member of the Dargaville and Te Kopuru communities, Viv will balance JP duties alongside volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau and the chairpersonship of Saint Peter’s Church Parish.
The swearing-in ceremony was presided over by Justice Harrison and was attended by many of Viv’s friends and family, as well as other local Justices of the Peace showing their support.