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Financial Education and Research Centre (Fin-Ed Centre)

We work to help New Zealanders become more financially savvy by improving their knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards money.

What we do

The Fin-Ed Centre is globally unique for the breadth of its work covering education, research and consultancy. It is New Zealand’s leading research centre on the financial capability and wellbeing of New Zealanders and an Affiliate Member of the OECD International Network of Financial Education – the only member from a New Zealand education institution.

Established in 2011, the Fin-Ed Centre was a joint initiative between the Westpac New Zealand Bank and Massey University. The centre now operates under the sole management of Massey University and is recognised internationally for its work in financial education and research.

Our expertise

  • Financial capability research, evaluation and consultancy.
  • Delivering culturally responsive training, professional development and resources.
  • Advocacy and financial literacy and management.

Our vision – tā mātou whakakitenga

New Zealanders are financially empowered to achieve a better quality of life.

Our mission – tā mātou kaupapa mātāmua

To help New Zealanders become more financially astute by improving their knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards money.

Research projects

We are constantly working on research that is relevant for 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. Our research is publicly available.

Financial education in schools: a Kiwi solution

A comparative study:

  • International comparison of what is happening in other developed economies.
  • What will work at the primary level?
  • Barriers and solutions.

Research lead: Associate Professor Jodie Hunter, David Kneebone and Fin-Ed Centre research associates.

Cultural pressures faced by young people when managing money

Quantitative and qualitative research – this project explores the cultural pressures faced by young people when managing money and the role culture plays on their financial behaviour.

Research lead: Dr Pushpa Wood and Fin-Ed Centre research associates.

KiwiSaver and retirement preparedness

Qualitative research – interviews and focus groups.

The goal of this project is to answer:

  • What is happening in New Zealand and developed economies to address the gender imbalance in retirement planning and investment?
  • Are ethnic women really prepared for their retirement?

Research lead: Professor Martin Young, Associate Professor Claire Matthews, Professor David Tripe and Dr Pushpa Wood.

Has COVID-19 changed financial behaviour?

Qualitative research:

  • How has COVID-19 changed financial behaviour of people and financial institutions?

Research lead: Professor David Tripe and a Fin-Ed Centre research associate.

Financial education courses and micro-credentials

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 through distance and online learning, so you can learn when and where it suits you.

Our people

Our team has international experience in academic research and a reputation for promoting research that has a community and stakeholder impact.

Dr Pushpa Wood (ONZM)

Dr Pushpa Wood (ONZM)

PhD, MA, BA(Hons)
Director - Financial Education and Research Centre

Dr Wood has worked across the education and industry sectors to improve financial and adult literacy. She has extensive experience 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.

Professor Sasha Molchanov

Professor Sasha Molchanov

Acting Head, School of Economics and Finance

Sasha became the Acting Head of School of Economics and Finance after serving six years as an Associate Head of School. His research interests are in the fields of investments, international finance, econometrics, politics, and market design. Sasha is a faculty mentor of the Student Investment Club

Associate Professor Claire Matthews

Associate Professor Claire Matthews

PhD, MBS, BA, DipBusAdmin, DipBankStud
Director - Academic Quality

Claire's research interests centre around retail banking, the provision of financial advice, and financial literacy, with a particular focus on consumers’ financial choices, KiwiSaver, switching costs, internet banking, payment systems, and the role of the branch.

She is a member of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Dr Jeffrey Stangl

Dr Jeffrey Stangl

Director - Strategic Partnerships

Jeff’s career traverses business and academia. During his business career, his focus was innovative start-up companies, international business and investment. His research encompasses the interface between academia and the finance sector – building financial capability and improving investor education. He's a founding Board Member of the Financial Education Research Centre.

Professor David Tripe

Professor David Tripe

PhD, MBS, BCA(Hons)

David is a specialist in the area of Banking, with some interest in the related fields of property (and its role in banking), economics (with a particular focus on monetary policy) and areas of finance such as corporate governance.

Before joining Massey in 1994, David worked for 17 years in the banking sector in New Zealand, and he continues his interest in developments in the banking sector.

Professor Martin Young

Professor Martin Young


Professor Martin Young has a long association with Massey University and has also held senior positions in the financial industry in New Zealand. He is Chair of the Asian Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. His research interests are market efficiency, financial regulation, funds management, optimization and bond and derivatives pricing.


Our expertise is available on a consultancy basis to help with your financial literacy needs. Contact us to find out how we can help.

Two examples of our work are evaluation of literacy pilot project and focus groups in New Zealand and providing a financial literacy campaign in Timor Leste.

Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income

The Fin-Ed Centre has been working with the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income to evaluate two financial literacy pilot projects. The centre has also been involved in running focus groups for the Commission to inform their wider research project, Improving Women’s Future Retirement Prospects.

Fin-Ed has also provided comments and feedback to various media outlets on topics related to personal financial management. Other projects in this area include reviewing teaching and learning material developed by other organisations.

Financial literacy in Timor Leste

The Fin-Ed Centre has signed a contract with Banco Central de Timor Leste to advise and assist with a financial literacy awareness campaign. The centre will also plan and design modules for 'Training of Trainer' and delivery of training to selected staff.


Financial literacy longitudinal study

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In the media


The bitter truth about the 'bank of mum and dad', Star News (ODT), 28 December 2023

Dr Pushpa Wood joins other New Zealand leaders in a panel discussion on Building Consumer Confidence at the Financial Services Council 2023 annual conference.

Business research news

We are a research-led university with a reputation for excellence in innovation and the creation of new knowledge. Get the latest research stories from Massey Business School.

The squeeze continues with persistent decline in housing affordability

Friday 26 January 2024

The latest Home Affordability Report from Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University reveals a continued decline in national affordability during the most recent quarter, primarily attributed to the increase in median house prices and mortgage interest rates.

Sexual harassment revealed to affect one third of workforce

Thursday 26 October 2023

A recent study has revealed that one third of the Aotearoa New Zealand workforce has reported experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace in the last six months.

Retirement planning a moving target

Wednesday 4 October 2023

The latest Retirement Expenditure Guidelines shows the cost of living is a key issue in current financial management and retirement planning, with excess expenditure above NZ Superannuation having increased for all retired household groups.

Opinion: Population challenge – A nation without a plan

Tuesday 19 September 2023

By Dr Pushpa Wood and Crayon CEO and founder Stephanie Pow with contributions from Dr Adnan Balloch.

Contact us

Fin-Ed Centre


Postal address
Financial Education and Research Centre
Massey University
PO Box 756
Wellington 6140
New Zealand