• Helping New Zealanders become financially empowered to achieve a better quality of life

Financial Education and Research Centre (Fin-Ed Centre)

The Financial Education (Fin-Ed) Centre works to help New Zealanders become more financially savvy by improving their knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards money. The Fin-Ed Centre is globally unique for the breadth of its work around financial literacy, covering education, research and consultancy. We undertake research and run courses for both groups and individuals.

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Our courses

We run tailor-made and bespoke courses for groups and organisations around New Zealand. Find out more about courses available:

or contact us to discuss your need.

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Research and consultancy

The Fin-Ed Centre is focused on researching areas of significance in financial literacy. Our expertise is sought after for world-leading and nationally-significant research and consultancy.

Children's financial literacy in question

TV3 covered the results of the annual Westpac Massey University Fin-Ed Centre (Financial Education and Research Centre) survey. The survey found that has found many 16 to 19-year-olds still lack basic financial skills.

The survey tested almost 300 young people on their knowledge of personal finance.


Young Kiwis lack skills in budgeting and saving
Young New Zealanders still lack knowledge in budgeting, saving and investing according to the Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre 2015 Student Financial...
Even a ‘no frills’ retirement requires extra savings
The Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre has released updated Retirement Expenditure Guidelines to help New Zealanders plan for their retirement.
Festival proves finance can be fun
Three hundred primary and secondary students converged on Massey University's Auckland campus to learn about money matters through a series of fun...
Five common money mistakes
To mark Money Week 2015, Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre director Dr Pushpa Wood outlines the five most common mistakes she sees people make with their...

Understanding housing decisions

In the early 1990s around 73 percent of New Zealanders owned their own homes, however, this rate is steadily declining. The Fin-Ed Centre has just released a preliminary study into housing decisions in the New Zealand residential property market.

Read the report (1,547 KB)

Professionalising the sector – a competency framework for facilitating personal financial management

As a financial education leader in New Zealand, the Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre has launched an initiative to improve professional standards in the sector. 
Read more

Dr Pushpa Wood nominated for Woman of Influence Award

Dr Pushpa Wood, Director of the Fin-Ed Centre, has been nominated for a Woman of Influence Award in the category of Community and Not for Profit.  One hundred women have been recognised for their role in shaping and influencing New Zealand across ten categories:  Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.  Dr Wood is among twenty women honoured for their work in the community, in this, the largest category of nominees. The 2015 Women of Influence category winners and the supreme award winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner at SKYCITY Auckland on Wednesday 4 November. 

PISA results

In July the Fin-Ed Centre ran a half-day workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income. You can see the presentations and an outline of the PISA results here.

Contact us

Dr Pushpa Wood
Fin-Ed Centre Director
Phone 04 801 5799 ext 62070
Mobile 021 755 813
Email fin-ed@massey.ac.nz

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