2017 Keynote Speakers

Judge Andrew Becroft

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His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand for a two year period from June 2016. Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016; and a District Court Judge from 1996 to 2001.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Judge Becroft attended Rongotai College in Wellington and graduated from Auckland University in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree.

He practised in Auckland with the firm Fortune Manning & Partners until 1986 when he then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court bench, sitting in Whanganui, from 1996.

Judge Becroft is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He is a current editor of LexisNexis “Transport Law”, is the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment, and is the Chairperson of the Board of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) Inc.

In 2009, Judge Becroft received an award from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand as Communicator of the Year. In 2010 Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland.

He is married with three children, aged 21, 19 and 16. Judge Becroft is a keen sports watcher, but he confesses, only an average (but enthusiastic) participant.

As Principal Youth Court Judge he was strongly committed to a specialist approach to dealing with youth and child offenders, and brings to the Commissioner’s role a particular focus on teenagers and adolescent development generally. Judge Becroft is privileged and challenged to be the advocate for New Zealand’s 1.12 million under 18-year-olds.

Judge Andrew Becroft at 2017 Conference

Judge Andrew Becroft, Our Youth/Juvenile Justice System: Radical surgery required or just some Nip and Tuck? (Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand Courts)

 

Judge Heemi Maana Taumaunu

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Born in Gisborne, New Zealand, with tribal affiliations to Ngāti Pōrou (East Coast, North Island), and Ngāi Tahu (South Island), Judge Taumaunu completed primary and secondary school in Christchurch before joining the New Zealand Army as a Webb Class Regular Force Cadet in 1984. He then served as a Regular Force soldier in the Royal New Zealand Signals Corp for four years.

National Conferences

Our 6th NACRJ Conference was held in Oakland, CA on June 16-18, 2017 with three pre-conference training sessions on June 15, 2017.  We had 1,319 attendees, terrific keynote/plenary sessions and cultural performances, nearly 300 presentations, an awards ceremony, and a concert by "dead prez".  

Look for audio recordings of keynotes, interviews, photos and more coming soon to this website.

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Planning for our 7th NACRJ Conference has begun.  It will be in Denver, CO (June 14-16, 2019) with Pre-Conference Training Sessions on June 13, 2019.  Put it on your calendar.  We want to see you there.

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