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Dr Pushpa Wood

Director - Financial Education and Research Centre

School of Economics and Finance

Dr Wood has a long history of adult and financial literacy advocacy. She was previously the Education Manager at the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income.  She has worked across the school, tertiary, and industry sectors to improve adult literacy and financial literacy, and is a member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s project advisory group reviewing financial literacy unit standards.

She is also the current Chairperson of the Adult Literacy Practitioners’ Association. Dr Wood has extensive experience in developing teaching and learning resources, training and development and stakeholder relationship. Her research interests include identifying trigger points that motivate people to change their financial behaviour and testing culturally appropriate evaluation tools.

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Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
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Research Outputs


Cameron, MP., & Wood, P. (2016). The policy context for financial education in New Zealand. In International Handbook of Financial Literacy. (pp. 179 - 192).
[Chapter]Authored by: Wood, P.


Mika, JP., & Wood, P.(2018). Te manu ka rere: Fostering Māori enterprise financial capability. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Mika, J., Wood, P.


Wood, P., & Mika, JP. (2016, October). Cultural perceptions of money and wealth: An international survey. Presented at Exploring cultural perceptions of money and wealth. Westpac Bank, 16 Takutai Square, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mika, J., Wood, P.
Mika, JP.(2016). The indigenous entrepreneurs’ dilemma: Balancing cultural and commercial imperatives in business. . Westpac Bank, 16 Takutai Square, Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Mika, J.Edited by: Wood, P.

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