You may have heard us mention a thing or two about the upcoming Money Week lately. It’s a big event on the Banqer calendar, but what’s it really all about? Instead of us telling you, we reached out to Wendy Marr, a Senior Advisor at The Commission for Financial Capability, the very organisation who brings you Money Week. Wendy has been integral to Money Week’s success so we figured she was perfect to answer all our burning questions.

How long has Money Week been running for?

Money Week started in 2012.The key goal was to work with other groups, businesses and organisations to get New Zealanders to talk about money at home, at work, in schools and in communities, so that it would become a normal part of everyday conversation.

Who’s behind Money Week?

The team at the Commission for Financial Capability. We believe in everyone getting ahead financially. Money Week is a shared platform that makes it easier for people to take steps to manage their money better, provides them with information and resources, including our Sorted website.

What’s this years Money Week theme and why did you choose that?

This year’s theme - Show me the Money Week - focuses on helping New Zealanders make a plan for the future. We believe that you can’t plan for your future if you can’t see it so we’re helping people make a plan for their future. Anyone can make a change: all you have to do is start. The key is to know what you are planning for: without a goal it is difficult to get anywhere. We talk about seeing your future, if you can imagine yourself and how you would like your life to be, then you are more likely to make the changes necessary to have the future you would like.

As a teacher, what’s the best way for me to get involved?

Check out the Money Week resources page. There are free classroom activities, book lists, Te Reo resources and posters. We’ve also got links to more materials and resources through Ministry of Education’s TKI site and Young Enterprise Trust.

How can I make sure my students and I avoid Money Week burn out?

Keep it fun. Theme the days, create mystery, get the kids involved in the week’s planning and learning, and blog about it.

I know you can’t have favourites, but what are some of the must attend events for school kids?

In Wellington there are two bank museums, the Reserve Bank museum and the BNZ heritage museum. Both are worth a visit and offer very different things. Most libraries have information displays or activities during Money Week and if you’re after something else, ask for their book list about money for different ages. Also for the NZ classroom/homeschool teachers, you can’t go past the scavenger hunt and a chance to win one of Banqer’s auction packs!

What are some of your hopes and dreams for Money Week this year and in the future?

I’d love to see Money Week in schools and classrooms around the country this year and conversations of money being heard around classrooms and staffrooms. In the longer term, I’d love to see it as a regular event in school calendars.

Any closing thoughts?

It’s not too late for your class/school community/whanau to be part of Money Week. Check out Any help spreading the word through your school’s social channels would be greatly appreciated. Share a link to online via social or follow us #moneyweeknz

Thanks so much for taking the time out to talk to us Wendy! I know I speak for the entire team at Banqer, and many teachers out there when I say we love Money Week, and are thankful for the efforts of you and your team. For all the New Zealand teachers out there I’m sure this has provided some insight into just how easy it is to get going during Money Week. Whether you just want to dip your toes in, or whether you’re jumping head first, head on over to the Money Week website and take the plunge. Your students will thank you for it.

Insights from Wendy Marr (CFFC Senior Advisor, and Money Week extraordinaire)