Māori and Pasifika

Financial Capability

Empowering Māori and Pasifika people to get ahead financially

Money matters for the wellbeing of our Māori and Pasifika whānau.

Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi 

This refers to co-operation where if everyone does their part, the work will be complete.

Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa atu, Fakatalofa atu, Malo ni         

Welcome to Sorted Māori and Pasifika!

The value of a Kaupapa Māori and Pasifika approach is critical for creating safe spaces where whānau can collectively engage, unpack, discuss and share their perspectives about putea (money) which is a topic often regarded as taboo or feelings of whakamā to discuss openly. The confidence to discuss money matters is a crucial step for sustained behavioural change long term for people of all ages.

‘..now I know how to use my money..i put it into different accounts..and I can help my family..and I can give money to my grandkids..and also give to church and fa’alavelave and I don’t have to keep calling my kids to ask for money..’ (Pasifika)

Every individual or whanau have different goals for what they want to achieve with their finances-it can be a variety of goals from clearing debts, savings, holiday, tithing, kid’s events, home ownership and much more. What we know is achieving these goals can be done because we have many stories from everyday people who have goals and aspirations but simply needed the ‘know how’ learnings in a supportive environment of sound information provided by trained facilitators.

'its not just about housing...its about my future' (Māori)

'..never too old to learn new things..'

Our community team enlists a number of facilitators located across the nation who work alongside NGO groups through to government level organisations. We also build capability by partnering with established organisations to train their staff and weave our financial capability knowledge together with what they specialise in to enable the reach across the nation to ensure it gets to as many communities as possible.

'..now I know how to read a contract and what it means..and its important..'

'..we don't go and buy takeaway like before...now I make food at home with a lot of veges and no salt..my husband doesn't like it because he thinks it has no taste but I tell my family its important for their health..they'll get used to it' (Mothers lead change in Pacific households)

The kaupapa or talanoa in our workshops are more than paying the immediate bills, schools uniforms for the kids or church tithing. It is about being in control financially, to make informed decisions with mana and knowing that it will not have adverse effects down the track and being able to participate in whā nau events long term.

As Maori and Pasifika we are very family oriented and our community workshops often include the attendance of children right through to the grandparents-it is the intergenerational learning that will ensure change happens and knowledge implemented today creates a better future with more options for following generations. 

Māori model- from tapu to noa

Talking about money let alone making changes around our relationship with money can be confronting, challenging and scary. However, it could also be one of the most critical life-changing conversations ever had within your whānau.  

Māori and Pasifika voices

Managing personal finances is at times stressful and can be isolating for friends, whānau and people in your community. People who are coping financially tend to enjoy better overall wellbeing which has knock-on effects at home and at work.

Increase the financial capability of your community with our Sorted community programmes. These are 6-10 week courses where our facilitators cover a number of topics each week.

Māori voices

Part 1: Te mana o te wāhine - Māori women: Kataraina (Ngāti Whātua, Ngapuhi)

Part 1: Te mana o te wāhine - Māori women: Kataraina (Ngāti Whātua, Ngapuhi)

Te mana o te wāhine - Māori women: Psalm's story (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Samoa)

Te mana o te wāhine - Māori women: Jean's story (Ngāpuhi)

Te mana o te wāhine - Māori women: Jean's story (Ngāpuhi)

Pacific voices




Money Attitudes

Note to Self

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Dianne Christenson

Mihi Ngata

Dame Patsy Reddy

Diane Maxwell

Peter Hillary

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