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Justices of the Peace

Otago Polytechnic has Justices of the Peace (JPs) 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 JPs

All JPs are available by appointment only. 

Name Role Location (campus map) Contact details
Kevin Tansley Principal Lecturer
College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences
L Block
Anzac Avenue
Dunedin Campus
Otago Polytechnic
Dr Karole Hogarth-Caulfield Principal Lecturer 
School of Nursing
H210, H Block
Cnr Forth St & Union St East
Dunedin Campus
Otago Polytechnic
03 470 3902
Steve Downey Chaplain 
Student Success Team
The Hub, H Block
Cnr Forth St & Union St East
Dunedin Campus
Otago Polytechnic


  • Otago Polytechnic’s JPs 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 Clinic 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 12.00pm at Citizens Advice Bureau, Rodgers House, Ground Floor, 155 Princes St, Dunedin.