Twenty years ago, at the 20th anniversary of the Citizens Advice Bureau, lifetime members Mary Fannon, John McEwing, Margaret McNamara and Edna McCraith hold long-service awards

Four decades of questions answered

by Andy Bryenton

Dargaville’s Citizens Advice Bureau turns 40 years old this month, as volunteers and staff look back on a track record of service to their community, which has seen many, many vital questions answered.

It all began with a council meeting presided over by Mayor LH Rowland in October of 1978. The need for a bureau to help steer citizens in the right directions had grown with the modernisation of the town, and a steering committee was formed, headed up by John Fickling. Less than a year later they were ready to go, with premises kindly donated by Mrs J Vodanovich in the main street.

Down the years, more than 100 staff and volunteers have taken part in helping local citizens resolve their sometimes knotty issues and questions.

Current president Richard Faulkner and manager Wendy Koloi say that while times progress, the need to find simple answers in a complicated world remains.

A gala birthday luncheon is planned for past affiliates, volunteers and staff on September 5 at the Kaihu Tavern, starting at 1pm. Those who have taken part in helping via CAB during the years are warmly invited to RSVP this week and attend to celebrate this milestone.