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Justice of the Peace

Otago Polytechnic has Justices of the Peace (JP’s) on campus who can assist with witnessing signatures, certifying documents and recording declarations or affidavits. JPs are “people of good sense, character and integrity" in the community appointed by the Governor General to work in an unpaid capacity to assist the public.



  • Otago Polytechnic’s JP are first and foremost committed to their paid roles at Otago Polytechnic. Sometimes this may mean that their work commitments need to take priority.
  • It is your responsibility to have your documents organised prior to your JP appointment. This means you need to bring original documents and photocopies that you would like verified. Please do not pre-sign any documents before your visit.
  • When you make your appointment please indicate the type of JP service you are seeking e.g. “affirmation” or “certification of documents”. This enables the JP to prepare for your appointment appropriately and provide you with the best possible service.
  • If you are unable to make an appointment with one of Otago Polytechnic’s JP’s you may wish to attend a ‘no booking required’ JP Clinics are also available on Wednesdays from 9.00am-1.00pm in the University Information Services Building (near the Central Library) and Saturdays mornings from 10.00am to midday at Community House, 283 Moray Place.


Mike Wright
H106, the Hub, H Block, cnr Forth St & Union St East, Otago Polytechnic
Available by appointment Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
Phone 021 735 286 or email chaplain@op.ac.nz 


Kevin Tansley
School of Architecture Building Engineering | Senior Lecturer
Available by appointment only.
Email KTANSLEY@op.ac.nz 


Tasi Lemalu
Pacific Island Cultural Advisor /External Liaison Officer, Otago Polytechnic
Available on Monday and Wednesday mornings. By appointment only.
Phone 479 6051 or email TASI@op.ac.nz 


Dr Karole Hogarth-Caulfield
Principal Lecturer
H210, H Block, cnr Forth St & Union St East, Otago Polytechnic
Available by appointment only.
Phone 03 470 3902 or email karoleh@op.ac.nz