Parents centre celebrates fifty-five years of advice
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.
Celebrating 55 years: Brooke Fryer and her son Isaac with Julia Barton and her son Oli and daughter Amber.