Money issues are top of mind for most people, usually in the sense of worrying about money. Just like those piles of work papers that aren’t yet dealt with or the list of things that need doing around the house, money issues can drain your energy if they are not sorted. That’s why every now and then it’s a good idea to really focus on money, address the issues and learn ways of managing it better.
The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income has launched the first annual Money Week, a week-long series of financial events and activities around the country, the aim of which is ‘to raise awareness of how people can better manage their money and get help as they do that’. Organisations throughout NZ are being challenged to get involved in Money Week by running an event or activity that engages with people and empowers them to take action to better manage their everyday money. Financial institutions, schools and tertiary institutions, community groups and employers can all become involved by running money-themed events. A list of registered events can be found on the Money Week website. Members of the public will be able to get free financial advice during Money Week by calling the Institute of Financial Advisers (IFA) to register for an appointment. More information is available on the IFA website. Other planned events include investment seminars, budgeting workshops, radio broadcasts on financial literacy, guided tours of the Reserve Bank Museum and lunchtime seminars at workplaces.
This is a great initiative for bringing attention to financial literacy and is deserving of support from every individual and organization in the country through either running or attending an event. So when is Money Week? Sunday 2 September to Saturday 8th September. Mark your calendar now!