ast year my husband and I bought our first home. We had to fill in a lot (like, A LOT) of paperwork. Most of it needed an accompanying stamp of approval that we were in fact the people we claimed we were. Signatures from our mums weren’t going to cut the mustard.
The Citizens Advice Bureau came to mind. I was fairly certain there would be someone there who could verify my paperwork. But actually, did the Citizens Advice Bureau still exist?
The answer is ‘definitely’. The purpose of the Citizens Advice Bureau is all in the name: advice.
CAB volunteers aren’t specialists in any particular area, but they are experts in finding and using information, and empowering all New Zealanders with impartial information and independence.
The CAB isn’t about solving your problems for you; they make sure that every Kiwi has access to the information they need when making decisions.
The CAB is helpful for a whole range of reasons, the most wellknown being its Justice of the Peace services. A JP can witness documents like applications for citizenship or Kiwisaver withdrawals, and provide certified copies of documents such as birth and marriage certificates.
It’s not easy for migrants to settle in New Zealand, so CAB volunteers are specially-trained to help them adjust to their new lives. Some centres also offer free public workshops.
And if English isn’t your first language, the CAB Language Link offers advice and information in 24 languages.
If you’re in legal difficulty but