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 around financial capability, covering education, research and consultancy.

We do research and evaluate programmes. We also run courses and professional development initiatives for both groups and individuals in personal financial management.

The Fin-Ed Centre, was established in 2011 as a joint initiative between the Westpac New Zealand bank and Massey University.

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.

Research and study

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.


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 on a financial literacy awareness campaign. The centre will also plan and design modules for 'Training of Trainer' and delivery of training to selected staff.


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


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

Views news and media

Contact us

Dr Pushpa Wood

Fin-Ed Centre Director