Money Week is about helping Kiwis learn about everyday money
Money Week is a week-long celebration of Financial education activities between Sunday 1 September and Saturday 7 September.
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Run an event
You can support Money Week by running an event.
Whether you're in the finance sector, education sector, a community group, school or employer, Money Week is your opportunity to help Kiwis learn more about everyday money. Your money-themed event can be as large or as small as you like and can be about anything to do with helping Kiwis learn about every day money!
About Money Week
Money Week is all about motivating New Zealanders to take steps to manage their money better and raise awareness of the resources and tools available to help them.
David Kneebone, Executive Director of the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income – which is responsible for Sorted – says "We challenge organisations throughout NZ to get involved in Money Week by running an event or activity that engages with Kiwis and empowers them to take action to better manage their everyday money.""
Is Money Week for me?
As an individual
By attending a Money Week event you'll grow your financial know-how and find out more about how to manage your everyday money and spring clean your finances.
"Money Week was a huge success last year and I expect 2013 to be even bigger. It’s a great opportunity for all New Zealanders to stop and think about the way they manage their finances and ask what more can they do. I look forward to taking part in this important event."
Sean Hughes, Chair, National Strategy for Financial Literacy Advisory Group
"Money Week is a great time to take stock of your finances – and the time to do a plan for more money and a better life. The first ever Money Week last year was far more popular than expected, and I’ve no doubt that with Kiwis currently thinking about saving and investing, their properties and mortgages, there’ll be even more interest this year."
Martin Hawes, financial author, seminar presenter and financial adviser
"Financial literacy is like motherhood and apple pie - nobody's against it. Money Week gives your organisation a chance to show that you're not just pro financial literacy, but that you're doing something about it."
Mary Holm, financial columnist, author and lecturer in financial literacy
As an organisation
You can get involved and be part of the next Money Week by putting on an event. We invite the finance sector, the education sector, community groups, schools and employers to support New Zealand by running a money-themed event during Money Week 2013.
What is the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income?
The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income is an autonomous crown entity which works to improve the financial wellbeing of all New Zealanders throughout their lives. Our work focuses on improving New Zealanders financial literacy, reviewing retirement income policy, and monitoring retirement villages’ legislation.
2012 photos and feedback
See photos and feedback from some of the more than 100 events that took place during Money Week 2012.
Ngāi Tahu Schools Programme
South Island, 3-7 September
“The Ngāi Tahu programme of events for money week was a great success! Thank you to the following kura; Riverton Primary School, Bluff Community School, St Teresa’s School, Taieri Beach School, Portobello School, Arowhenua Māori School and Tuahiwi School who participated in getting the message out to the tamariki of the respective communities. We look forward to continuing the good work with the kura in the near future.”
Department of Corrections
Manukau District Probation Service
“Two Sorted seminars by a financial adviser to staff proved to be incredibly popular …it is a way of providing support to staff in more ways than just salary. The staff found (the sessions) very useful to help them understand how to reduce debt more quickly and how to go about tackling large debts such as a mortgage....there was some good information about topics like life insurance which people do not always think about or discuss regularly. The sessions were very well organised and facilitated and cost nothing to run, we will be running more sessions.”
Literacy Aotearoa workshop
Flaxmere, 7 September
“We ran a two-hour workshop, 'Stretching the food dollar: Nutrition an a budget' followed by a question and answer session and light refreshments. The session was well received, and the Hastings library will host a repeat workshop in October. Thank you for the opportunity to advertise on your web-site and giving us the inspiration to do something special to celebrate Money Week. We look forward to Money Week 2013.”
Women in Super/YWCA
Auckland & Wellington, 3-7 September
“The YWCA are so pleased to partner with Women in Super to deliver classroom activities during Money Week. One of our four strategic themes is to promote economic independence in young women, which aligns perfectly with what we have been able to achieve during Money Week… It has been a real success - the girls were so engaged! We certainly hope to roll it out again next year to more schools in the greater Wellington region. Thank you for enabling this opportunity by supporting the initiative of Money Week.”
Craigs Investment Partners
Nationwide, 4-6 September
“Craigs Investment Partners were pleased to be able to help such a large number of people increase their financial knowledge in the investing industry with their attendance at our Investor Basics Workshops and Women’s Wealth seminars which were held throughout the country during Money Week.”
Waiheke Island Budgeting Service
Waiheke Island, 3-8 September
“We had a fantastic Money Week - we ran workshops in the local high school (feedback from one parent was "My daughter came home and said 'Mum, I am SO never getting a credit card"), both primary schools, and the local library. The high school and one of the primary schools have asked that we return on a regular basis to hold more lessons on financial literacy - I am a qualified primary teacher, so this is something of a dream outcome for me. We also held a public debate which was very well attended and... a real success.”
Forsyth Barr Essay Competition
Nationwide 3-7 September
“Forsyth Barr was delighted to be able to provide recognition to students in the inaugural Money Week Essay Competition for senior secondary school students and to award the prize money to the winners’ schools. The judges said the winning essays were crafted to a high standard showing an applied depth of understanding in economics.”
Jubilee Budget Advisory Service
Invercargill, 5 September
“Money Week is a great idea and a very positive way to promote financial literacy in New Zealand. We aim to remain proactive in the area of advice and education throughout the year and look forward to being involved again in 2013.”
Christians Against Poverty
Nationwide, 2-8 September
“We wanted to say a massive congrats for getting Money Week launched this year. One hundred events pulled together for an inaugural initiative is remarkable. It demonstrates the desire of many kiwis to help their fellow countrymen with their financial literacy. All they needed was an excuse and now you have a very successful national/community initiative. Love it!”
Wealth Management Strategies
Auckland, 6 September
“We had a great turn out with standing room only for our Thursday night presentation. The feedback I received from our participants was fantastic and we are proud to have been involved in such a wonderful initiative.”
Auckland, 4 & 6 September
“The money week concept is a great idea and the challenge from here is to keep building its profile through all parts of the community.”
Wellington, 7 September
“Congratulations to The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income for running a very successful Money Week. We were proud to be involved!”
Nationwide, 3-7 September
“We ran a number of Sorted workshops internally over the week and they were well attended and well received. With the help of a few of Sovereign's financial wizards, we ran a voluntary budgeting exercise for staff over the week. We also ran a feature in our lifechoice customer magazine, that went to 100K+ people where it was the 3rd most 'clicked' article. Well done on running the event, I saw plenty of positive news coverage. We look forward to being involved next year.”
Ministry of Social Development staff seminars
“Think, Shrink & Grow is a great seminar package. The content hit the mark - offering a useful insight into setting goals, managing debt, budgeting, savings and investing. It provided people with both food for thought and the tools (and Sorted booklets) to go away and ‘spring clean their finances’. This was a pilot and proved to be a hugely worthwhile and successful exercise - we hope to offer staff more Sorted seminars in the future. “
Riverton Primary School pupils admire the certificate of participation in the Ngāi Tahu Schools Programme.
Riverton Primary School pupils playing board games as part of the Ngāi Tahu Schools Programme.
Sorted seminar for Department of Corrections staff in Manukau.
Actor Michael Hurst at the Waiheke Budgeting Service debate at Ostend Market.
Waiheke Local Board deputy chair Jo Holmes at the Budgeting Service debate at Ostend Market.
Poster for KiwiBank’s coffee competition.
MPs Alfred Ngaro, Louisa Wall and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga with senior ANZ staff.
ANZ’s Solomon Group launch: (from left) Alfred Ngaro, MP National Party, Judy Solomon, Director of Curriculum Solomon Group, Craig Moffat, ANZ General Manager Auckland.
YWCA/WIS financial fitness for life workshop in action at Wellington Girls College
Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Principal Kevin Ryan at the Raroa Intermediate School launch.
Launch of the teaching resource ‘Taking Part in Economic Communities’ at Raroa Intermediate School, Wellington.
YWCA/WIS financial fitness classroom activity using the shoes from the “You’ll kick yourself” Sorted dumb debt campaign.
Display prepared by Kordia’s Hamilton office – encouraging staff to get their money sorted.
Run an event
Money Week 2013 will run from Sunday 1 September to Saturday 7 September.
If you would like to register your interest in running a Money Week event in 2013, or be added to our Money Week email list, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can run an event?
Any organisation, or individual can run a Money Week event - whether your organisation is in the financial services sector, the education sector, a community group, school, employer or other organisation.
What type of events is the Commission looking for?
Think small, think big - local, regional or national. A Money Week event could be for Kiwis in general, customers or staff. It could be a one-hour seminar, a workshop or even a money-themed activity which is part of an existing programme that you would like to promote during Money Week.
What support will the Commission provide you with?
All Money Week events are advertised on the website. Your event will be listed on the Events section - which includes a calendar of events.
And we work with the media to encourage them to support Money Week and cover Money Week activities.
However, we're unable to provide financial support for Money Week events.