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Money Week 2015: Bigger, better, bolder

Posted to Money Week on 24-08-2015

Money Week 2015 is almost upon us, with a schedule that is bigger than ever. Businesses, government, schools, community organisations and individuals are all getting involved, helping the Commission for Financial Capability to get New Zealanders thinking about money.

The Commission will be releasing research and unveiling a number of new projects and developments.

These include a range of joint initiatives with New Zealand Defence Force; NZX; and the Financial Markets Authority.

The nationwide event will also feature a range of activities, workshops and seminars to help build financial capability.

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell said: “Money Week is a way of focusing attention on those things you keep saying you’ll do but don’t get round to because life gets in the way: like working out a financial plan, or even simply working out ‘money in’ versus ‘money out’.

“It also creates some talk around money, which we are often reluctant to do, and encourages New Zealanders to share stories, ideas and challenges in a way that’s engaging and relevant.”

The theme for Money Week is ‘get your money fighting fit’ and will kick off with a launch event at Britomart on Monday 31 August from 7.30am.

This year the Commission is teaming up with one of New Zealand’s best young hip hop crews, IDentity Company, to get the message out with a ‘fighting fit face-off’.

There will be a photokombi video van for the public to record their thoughts about money, debt and saving, as well as the launch of the ‘Define Wealthy with a Selfie’ photo competition to get people talking about what a wealthy life looks like.

We have an online Financial Fitness Check-up for people to see how they compare to other New Zealanders when it comes to understanding and sorting out their finances. And children can find out their ‘money style’ with a fun online quiz.

Events during the week include Money Savvy, a free highly interactive programme run by the YWCA and aimed at improving the financial literacy of teenage girls in particular.

It’s designed to challenge their thinking about how to manage money, understand debt, savings and superannuation so they can make informed decisions about their spending.

BNZ will be holding Scam Savvy workshops to teach vulnerable people, particularly the elderly, about the different types of financial scams and how to avoid them.

A Finance Festival for schools is being organised by the Upper Harbour Sorted Schools Cluster and Massey University.

Students of all ages will take part in a range of activities intend to bring alive the role of finance in their day-to-day lives.

The Reserve Bank will be running tours of its museum: see where the Official Cash Rate announcements are made and how officials keep the media from spilling the beans beforehand.

A free KiwiSaver Health Check is being offered by the Financial Markets Authority, along with an interactive game at Riccarton Mall, in Christchurch, to help people get their KiwiSaver fighting fit.

And throughout the week free financial advice will be available over the phone from members of the Institute of Financial Advisers.  They can help with queries around such things as KiwiSaver, retirement planning, investment, insurance and cash management.

New Zealanders will be encouraged to take the next step by going to to build their financial capability.   

Keep an eye on #MoneyWeekNZ, #MyWealthyLife and #FightingFit and our page for regular updates on Money Week. 

Information about these and other events is available at

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