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Coming to an end in En Zed

Posted by peggyhora on May 21, 2010

New Zealand (En Zed [NZ]) has been an incredible adventure.  I’ll post day-to-day activities later as well as photos of South Island but I have to share today’s adventure.  I did an all day seminar for the NZ judges.  It grew from three judges at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon to a rousing full day with 13 judges.  Everyone was so very responsive, hungry for information, supportive and appreciative.  These are incredible judges who remind me of the early days of drug courts when we were trying to figure out what in the world we were doing.  They are working in family, youth and criminal courts and are making do with “the smell of an oily rag” in terms of resources.  They are committed to doing a more effective and meaningful job and delivering true justice.  They understand alcohol and other drug as well as mental health issues and are struggling to understand how best to deal with them.  I was so energized by and humbled by their sincerity in the face of not a small amount of adversity.  Some flew home immediately after the seminar but four locals took me out to dinner at a beautiful restaurant on the waterfront named Kermadec. Rosanna was our extremely competent and helpful waitress who served four incredible seafood entrees (read appetizers) and three different mains as well as a couple desserts.  I had the pot au feu with the most amazing mussels I’ve ever tasted as well as shrimp, fish, clams all in an amazing broth.  To come to a strange city and be so welcomed is a blessing.  The citizens of New Zealand are lucky to have such an involved bench.  Tomorrow is my Waheke Island adventure.


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