Long-serving Dunedin Citizens Advice Bureau Consumer Team leader Noel Angus (left), who is retiring from the role, looks over some information with his Consumer Team colleagues (from left) Julie Coward, Kevin Flaherty, Christine Thomson (co-leader), and CAb manager Ngaire Duke. Absent: Graeme Marshall (Consumer Team co-leader). Photo by Brenda Harwood
After 15 years of doing battle with dodgy door-to-door sales
people and fighting for the rights of Dunedin consumers,
Dunedin Citizens Advice Bureau stalwart Noel Angus (83) is
putting his feet up.
A Dunedin CAB volunteer for the past 15 years, including many
years as the leader of the Consumer Team, Mr Angus has
decided to retire from active duty with the organisation.
He leaves after another successful campaign, waged on behalf
of a mobility scooter user (not from Dunedin), who had been
involved in a dispute that had resulted in her scooter being
During the course of his involvement in the case, Mr Angus
appeared on national television and spoke with Government
"While there are still things to resolve about this case, we
have been able to get this lady a new scooter, so she now has
her mobility back," Mr Angus said.
"That's a successful outcome."
In his 15-year fight against injustice, Mr Angus had never
been afraid to "get stuck in", Dunedin CAB manager Ngaire
"His contribution has made the Dunedin CAB a leader in the
field of consumer rights," she said.
Over the years, Mr Angus has stood up for many consumers in
difficult situations, had given more than 250 public talks,
appeared on radio and television, and has helped to train
many other CAB volunteers.
"I have had a lot of fun over the years," he said.
In his work for Dunedin CAB, Mr Angus has been most
passionate about standing up against companies who "try to
put it across elderly people".
"The biggest reward for me is to be able to help people who
may come in really upset and stressed, and who go away
beaming," he said.
"That's all the reward I need."