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Financial Education and Research Centre (Fin-Ed Centre)

The Massey Financial Education and Research (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, was established in 2011 as a joint initiative between the Westpac New Zealand bank and Massey University. The Fin-Ed Centre is globally unique for the breadth of its work around financial capability, covering education, research and consultancy. We undertake research and evaluate programmes. We also run courses and professional development programmes for both groups and individuals in personal financial management.


We run tailor-made and bespoke courses for individuals, groups and organisations. As well as financial management courses, we also train those who wish to teach personal financial management. Our courses are affordable and practical. Many are available via distance learning, so you can learn when and where it suits you.

Research you can use

We are constantly working on research that is relevant for both businesses and individuals looking to increase their financial capability. This includes research into housing decisions, saving for retirement and giving our children (better) financial literacy skills. This research is publicly available.

Financial Education Centre spokespeople are sought-after by the media for their knowledge in the area financial literacy, and to discuss our research. 

Our financial literacy expertise is sought-after internationally. We are working in Timor Leste and in New Zealand with the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income. Contact us to discuss how we can help.

Conferences and Workshops

The Financial Education centre hosts conferences and workshops aimed at improving financial capability, financial literacy and general money management.

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. 
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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