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Money Week – What does debt do for you?

This events page contains information relevant to 2017. It will be updated for 2018 as soon as new themes, events, and resources are announced.

Money Week logo.

Money Week 2018 involves events all around the country to encourage New Zealanders to talk about money and develop greater financial capability. Led by the Commission For Financial Capability, Money Week offers schools a good opportunity to investigate all things financial. This year's theme is around debt, particularly the question “What does debt do for you?”

Here is a collection of resources and stories to support your school's involvement in Money Week, and to help your school make financial capability an ongoing area of curriculum focus.


Money Week 2017
This official money week website features events, advice, and school resources. 

Financial capability in The New Zealand Curriculum
This section on NZC Online supports schools to design teaching and learning programmes that use financial capability as a relevant context for meeting the objectives and requirements of the national curriculum.

Financial capability progressions
The financial capability progressions, aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum levels 1-8, set out suggested curriculum based learning outcomes across a range of learning areas.

Financial capability in action
This section on NZC Online offers ideas, stories, templates, and lesson plans developed by the North Harbour Sorted Schools cluster. This material has been shared to help you build a stronger focus on financial capability in your own school settings.

The Sorted website includes a series of short movie clips about managing debt, saving, setting goals and budgeting, investments, mortgages, and retirement (suitable for upper primary and above).

GetWise is a free and innovative financial literacy programme, brought to New Zealand schools by ASB.

Planning resources for teachers
These downloadable word documents are unit plans from the Education for Enterprise Project for all levels of the curriculum.

This video from TES Connect, a UK website, comes with teaching resources for a half-day event focusing on money for primary aged students.

A wealth of opportunity: leveraging the curriculum to build financial capability
This Education Gazette article (August 2016) provides guidance for talking to your students about money. Links to further resources are also included.

School stories

Stories that show different approaches to teaching financial capability.

Developing a financial literacy programme for year 9 and 10
Mary Kerrigan, HOD Business at Aorere College, discusses their financial literacy programme which is being created in consultation with the Commission for Financial Capability to provide students with information about income, spending, budgeting, and wise financial management for the future.

Developing financial capability - A student perspective
Aorere College year 13 students from the Lunches for Less team talk about the programme’s origins, processes, and the learning gained on their year-long enterprise project, which teaches primary school students how to make a healthy lunch for under $2 a day.

Financial capability - Approaches to teaching and learning
Aorere College teacher Meriane Brown facilitates her year 13 students’ learning about financial capability within the context of setting up and running their own business over a year. Her approach involves identifying what motivates students, recognising the impact of students’ values and culture on learning, and providing an authentic learning context. 

Teaching financial capability in an enterprise context
Aorere College teacher Meriane Brown talks about the financial capabilities her year 13 students develop as part of Lunches for Less, the year-long enterprise project they are working on.

Creating financially capable New Zealand students
This article from the Education Gazette shares stories from several schools involved in the Upper Harbour Sorted Schools cluster.

Updated on: 25 Jul 2017