Excerpt from Microsoft New Zealand media release

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau has launched a new website, making its database of national and local information available directly to people on the web. The new website was made possible due to support from multiple partners including a $5.5 million software donation by Microsoft New Zealand – the largest amount donated by the company in New Zealand and one of its largest software donations internationally.

Kerry Dalton, Chief Executive of Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) New Zealand, says she expects the new database will change the information landscape around the country as people realise the wealth of information that the CAB is now making available online.

“We have a large number of organisations and services in our database, reflecting the detailed local knowledge of our 92 Bureaux throughout the country. We also have national services listed and information about how the law applies on a wide range of issues, based on what people come to the CAB about.”

“We want to make sure that there is no one who misses out on getting the help and information they need, and the new website is really going to help with that.”

The launch of the new website will coincide with the 40th birthday of the first CAB that was established in New Zealand – the Ponsonby CAB. The Governor-General, the Right Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, who was one of the first volunteer lawyers when the Ponsonby CAB was set up, spoke at a ceremony on 21 September.

The new CAB website and national database IT system was made possible by a grant from the Government’s Community Partnership Fund, funding from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the software donation from Microsoft New Zealand.

Paul Muckleston, Managing Director Microsoft New Zealand, says Microsoft globally is deeply committed to working in partnership with not for profit organisations to help them use technology to advance social and economic development.

“The CAB nationally provides valuable assistance to over 1,500 New Zealanders from all over the country every day, and we are delighted to be able to invest in the organisation’s future development to help it reach its full potential”.