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New Zealanders encouraged to shape up their finances

Posted to Money Week on 09-10-2014

New Zealanders are being encouraged to shape up their finances as Money Week 2014 rolls out across the country (13–19 October).

A series of events will get underway next week as part of the nationwide initiative which aims to raise the national conversation around personal finance matters.

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell said, ‘This is about being equipped to be on the winning side of your decisions. We know that worrying about money, how to feed the family and pay the bills, erodes mental bandwidth, confidence, energy and optimism.

‘Building financial stability builds our own personal capability and allows us the space to plan our lives. But it means knowing where you want to get to, what success looks like and having a plan to get there.’

Up and down the country, the financial literacy community has been galvanised into action – from banks, budget advisers and community groups, to workplaces and schools.

Now in its third year, Money Week is a nationwide week of events that motivates Kiwis to look at their financial situation and get their money matters in order. It's a core aspect of the ‘Talk’ stream of the revised National Strategy for Financial Literacy, which aims to drive a cultural shift around our willingness to talk about money.

In the week's lead up, the Commission has launched a range of digital tools – including a Financial Fitness Check-up ( to help New Zealanders see how fighting fit they are with their money. When completed, it provides tailored tips on building your financial fitness.

More information on Money Week can be found at

About Money Week

Money Week ( is a nationwide week of events that motivates Kiwis to look at their financial situation and get their money fighting fit. 

Regardless of the level of your financial fitness, Money Week offers something for everyone, from seminars for slow savers through to investment planning for the money marathoners.

During Money Week, there will be events to help you trim your debt and beef up your wallet, a Fighting Fit seminar and tons of info to help you build your financial muscle. This year, check out the Financial Fitness Check-up – a dynamic tool to help Kiwis get into financial shape (

Money Week is brought to you by the Commission for Financial Capability and powered by Sorted (

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