Susanne Green will miss Dargaville’s rolling hills, riverside banks and cheap bags of kumara.
Farewell: Susanne Green is leaving the Anglican parish, but won’t be gone for good.
But most of all, she’ll miss the people.
The Anglican vicar of six years is leaving the parish and retiring to Whangarei in January, but she’s certainly not gone for good.
‘‘I’ve made some really good friends here, and I’ll miss being around them and the community,’’ she says.
Although she has thoroughly enjoyed living in Dargaville, she says it’s not appropriate for her to retire here.
‘‘It is normal to retire outside of the parish, otherwise it’s not fair on the vicar coming in, and the community I’ve been a part of,’’ she says.
Having formed a strong little ‘‘lunch group’’ on Fridays, Ms Green says she will return on occasion to join them, and will still be involved with the Kaipara Budgeting Service. The service which she helped to establish is one of her passions.
‘‘One of the highlights of being here is helping those in distress, and helping people find ways to manage their money.’’
She has also enjoyed seeing the church hall facilities open up for community use including Circus Kumarani sessions and says she is honoured to have been a part of Dargaville’s history.
‘‘It has been quite humbling. There are people and families that have been here a long time, and by being here you connect to that history and the stories,’’ she says.
When she arrived in Dargaville six years ago, she says there were expectations to be a traditional vicar.
‘‘But that to me is another paradigm. The congregation was already diminishing, and I’m disappointed we couldn’t turn it around but that’s just the way it is,’’ she says.
The Anglican ethos according to Ms Green is to be a ministry for all.
‘‘You can’t turn people away, there is always something you can do with them,’’ she says.
Ms Green began working as a chaplain at Selwyn Park in Maunu earlier this year, and will continue to work two days a week there in her retirement.