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"Dedicated to helping whanau, families and individuals find satisfaction and security in handling their financial affairs through the development of good money managing skills"
Papakura Budgeting Service was formed in 1974.
Our founding member is Arthur Clark.
In 1974 budgeting, in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau,
commenced informally in a small cottage located on the now New World Supermarket car park on Wood Street, Papakura.
Overcrowded conditions meant budgeting interviews were held in the small kitchenette and porch of the cottage.
The department of Social Welfare was increasingly supportive and a close working relationship evolved.
In 1978 a $50,000 grant was made by the Department of Social Welfare to extend and support existing budgeting services.
The next move for the Papakura Home Budgetary Advice Service, along with The Citizens Advice Bureau, was to the Old Central School on Wood Street, Papakura.
And, once again, because of over-crowding, PBS was allocated two small internal rooms, this time with no windows!
In 1982 the Budgeting Service was on the move again this time to 4A Opaheke Road.
Again, sharing the use of the building with the Citizens Advice Bureau.
In 1996, with an increase in demand for budgeting advice,
larger premises were needed yet again.
A new police station was being built in Papakura and the old Police Watch-house building was restored and made available for community use.
Papakura Budgeting Service moved into the historic building in the same year, situated on Central Park's Community Corner at 1-2 Opaheke Road.
In November of 2008 the Budgeting Service was, yet again, relocated back to The Old Central School building on Wood Street.
However, this time is housed in much bigger, restored and renovated offices.
A recruitment drive and, the use of extra interview rooms, has enabled the Budgeting Service to thrive and meet the ever expanding demand for free budgeting advice in the community.
TREVOR HARRISON : CHAIRPERSON
LOUISE TULP : TREASURER
JACKIE SMITH : SECRETARY
ROBYN KEALL: COMMITTEE MEMBER
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