November 12, 2014
Smart money means smarter kai
Financial literacy is saving Northland whanau money and bringing them closer together.
The Maori Women’s Development Incorporation and Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngaphui are today launching a new financial literacy and business hub in Kaikohe.
Incorporation chief executive Teresa Tepania-Ashton says the He Oranga programme is building on last year’s pilot, which involved 18 Te Pu o te Wheke Whanau Ora community workers who were trained by Massey University’s financial education centre to teach financial literacy.
Women who took those courses even changed their eating habits once they saw where their money was going.
" I would say that quality of life has improved because they are now cooking at home due to the fast takeaways. Communication skills even improved within the whanau because they have to sit down and talk and discuss their spending habits, implementing budgeting and of course planning for their future " she says.
Teresa Tepania-Ashton says the courses are leading to reduced debt or even actual savings in whanau.
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