Sworn in: Queenstown's new Justice of the Peace Lisa White receives her JP pin from Wanaka's Ralph Fegan, while Judge Russell Walker watche on in Queenstown's court on Monday


Queenstown’s 19th Justice of the Peace has been sworn in.

Annalisa (Lisa) White took the oath in Queenstown’s court on Monday before Judge Russell
Walker, with her proud family, husband Matthew and children Abigail, 15, and Dylan, 12, friends and fellow JPs looking on.

White’s been in the resort 26 years, landing here after travelling the world riding horses.

She started out as a horse trekking guide at Walter Peak before working for Mountain Scene for three years under the late Frank Marvin, doing accounts and classified ads ‘‘before the paper was electronic, really’’.

Marvin paid for her to complete some accountancy papers and after she left Scene she managed Mitre 10 Remarkables Park for five years before she started her family.

More recently she’s been managing Warbrick Cottage, built by goldminer Samuel Warbrick
around 1874, which her husband restored and is rented out as visitor accommodation.

That’s freed her up for volunteering — along with Plunket, preschool and Arrowtown School
board of trustees, of which she was chair for three years, till recently she was also in charge of the local pony club, and she also volunteers for the ski club and Lake Hayes
A&P Show.

‘‘It’s funny because a lot of those volunteer things I’m not doing any more because you get to a point where you can’t do everything.’’

White says she was asked by long-time local JP, Joy McDonald, to join their ranks after numerous people supported her appointment.

While she’s ‘‘in the learning category at the moment’’, part of her new role is witnessing signatures, certifying documents, taking declarations, affidavits and affirmations and dissolution of marriages.

With further training, White can also take on judicial duties, including bail hearings and issuing search warrants.

In court on Monday, Walker said White, who graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc Hons in biology, clearly had ‘‘strong connections’’ in the community.

‘‘You’re probably more qualified for your role than I am,’’ he quipped.