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I was able to attend the Auckland, Dunedin and Invercargill ceremonies and the dinners. It was great to see so many travel to Dunedin and Invercargill to witness the call of the new QC’s. It was a very enjoyable day and night in Invercargill, where we celebrated Fiona Guy Kidd’s call to the Inner Bar, a first QC for Invercargill and her 50th birthday. Mentoring Following the very successful relaunch of the NZBA mentoring programme in 2018, we held an event which was kindly hosted by 48 Shortland Barristers in Auckland, for current and prospective mentors and mentees and others interested in knowing more about mentoring and the bar as a career path. Following my introduction, we heard from Natalie Walker, Crown Solicitor for Manukau, Tania Sharkey, President of the Pacific Lawyers Association and Maria Dew QC, Chair of the NZBA Mentoring Committee. We were delighted that in addition to Tania Sharkey, 10 members of the Pacific Lawyers Association joined Tania at the event. We are hoping it will be the first of more joint gatherings. Photos of the event are on page 44. Bullying and Harassment The International Bar Association is releasing a report on 15 May about the Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession. We hope to collaborate with the IBA which is potentially having events in New Zealand in August this year as part of a global engagement strategy to follow the launch of their landmark research into this topic. I have been invited to speak at a session Does this profession reward bullies? What is the bar response? at the 14th Annual IBA Leader’s Conference being hosted by the Bar Issues Commission in late May in Budapest. As part of our ongoing work in this area, we are planning a session on bullying and harassment at our Annual Conference and NZBA Council member Jenny Cooper QC has joined the New Zealand Law Society Culture Change Taskforce. Wellness at the Bar The NZBA Council has as one of its strategic objectives, the fostering of support and well-being at the Bar. I am delighted to announce that the NZBA has entered into a partnership with the Medical Assurance Society (MAS), which will mean NZBA members will be able to access the MAS health and wellbeing portal and wellbeing services. Further information on this new partnership is on page 33 and additional information will be made available to members shortly. Promotion of the Bar My thanks to Council member Lara Mannis and her colleagues at Richmond Chambers in Auckland for hosting a drinks event for Auckland-based junior practitioners in March. These junior events are always popular and are open to friends and colleagues at firms who may want to know more about life at the bar. Richmond Chambers has been a great supporter of these events over the last few years. On 4 April, in conjunction with the ANZ Bank, we hosted a networking event in Auckland for members of the Bar, who were joined by potential clients and instructing solicitors. The event had a panel discussion, following the release by the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) of its report on phase 1 of its resource management reform project, which takes a first principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system could be improved. Panel members included Gary Taylor QSO, Chair and Executive Director of EDS, Stephen Selwood, CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand and Martin Williams, barrister and resource management expert and was moderated by Bronwyn Carruthers, barrister and resource management expert. Our thanks to the ANZ for hosting this, and to the panel members for their participation in what was an excellent discussion with great audience participation. Photos of the event are on page 44. Submissions We have also been very busy in preparing submissions. On 6 April we filed a submission on the proposed amendments to the Arms Act 1983. From the time the legislation was introduced into the house, there was a two day period for submissions. The NZBA’s position was that legislation to ban


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