Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tau ke Whai Rawa

Good news that Whai Rawa, the Ngai Tahu saving scheme, is helping raise knowledge about money for Ngai Tahu whanui. This is a good example of maori creating solutions to help themselves. Well done Andrew Scott and the Whai Rawa team. I have a strong interest because I 'contracted my services' to Whai Rawa a few years ago. I believe in empowerment and empowerment around money is essential so that we can for instance, take the yoke of debt off.

From The Press
"A new survey shows that 36 per cent of iwi members belong to KiwiSaver, compared with 29 per cent of the general population.
And 43 per cent of Ngai Tahu members use the government-funded financial advice service Sorted, compared with 34 per cent of the general population.
The ANZ Ngai Tahu Financial Knowledge survey, released yesterday, is the first to canvass iwi members.
Our capitalist, comodification. individualistic society is not natural and we need to understand why, it certainly does not appear to follow maori values or be in alignment with the maori worldview - but we have to work with the system to get out of the system. Empowerment is one of the important stages of that process.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kia ora Marty

Thanks for the positive mention! It's certainly good to see from the survey a lot of iwi members already have good levels of financial knowledge but there are also many who do not. The results of the survey will help us to target financial education initiatives to these people and to focus on the areas where there are obvious gaps. It is clear from the survey that people get their financial information and education from a range of sources so initiatives will need to be delivered in range of ways including; kanohi ki te kanohi, web, email and hardcopy. The full survey report will be available at the end of the month and we look forward to sharing the detailed results at that time.
Andrew Scott