Par­ents cen­tre cel­e­brates fifty-five years of ad­vice

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

The people may have changed, but for 55 years Mana Par­ents Cen­tre has been help­ing new moth­ers.

Cen­tre news­let­ter edi­tor Brooke Fryer said the cen­tre’s 55th an­niver­sary would be cel­e­brated with a din­ner later in the year and a news­let­ter look­ing at its his­tory.

‘‘Not only is it 55 years of par­ent ed­u­ca­tion, but also of vol­un­teers,’’ she said.

Mana Par­ents Cen­tre was the sec­ond to be set up in New Zealand, fol­low­ing Welling­ton, and was started in May 1959.

Fryer said it was in­ter­est­ing to look back at what life was like for the par­ents who started the cen­tre.

‘‘Things that we now take for granted had to be fought for.’’

Cen­tre pres­i­dent Ju­lia Bar­ton said de­spite it be­ing five years af­ter the 50th an­niver­sary it was still a good rea­son to cel­e­brate.

‘‘It’s quite an ex­cit­ing cel­e­bra­tion be­cause we don’t of­ten think back and re­alise how dark the days were back then.’’ The par­ents cen­tre is based at Pem­ber House, 16 Ha­gley St.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Cel­e­brat­ing 55 years: Brooke Fryer and her son Isaac with Ju­lia Bar­ton and her son Oli and daugh­ter Am­ber.

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