The New Zealand budgeting sector is unique. It owes its origins to the close relationship that developed in the late 1950s between Gray Vuglar, the then District Agent for the Department of Social Security and Dr Manahi Nitama Paewai, a local general practitioner in Kaikohe.
The number of budgeting services grew with support from the Department of Maori Affairs in the 1960s and then the Department of Social Welfare.
In the 1970s the Department of Social Welfare devolved responsibility for this work to the community sector, and our Federation was incorporated on 21 December 1973.
Our work was formalised in the 1980s and 1990s, with our Federation taking on responsibility for training budget advisers and supporting budgeting services.
We opened our first National Office in 1991 in Auckland and relocated this to Wellington in 1999.
We expect high standards of our member budgeting services, and this attracts high quality organisations into budgeting. Not all organisations can reach these standards – look for the NZFFBS logo as a guarantee of quality standards.
Read more of our history here, or in ‘The Family Budgeters’ or ‘A Small Quango’, two books by life member Dave Mullan.