Veni, vidi, vici. Or, as it is commonly translated in English; we came, we saw, we conquered.

Money Week (MW) is centred around something deeply important to all of us here at Banqer: building financial capability in Kiwi. This year it was flat out! MW is intended to open up conversations and champion better financial practices. If you haven’t seen the video recap for last year, it is well worth a watch. Because we teach financial capability to predominantly Primary and Intermediate aged students, it was also a chance for us to have a lot of fun.

It’s difficult not to feel the weight of a week of epic proportions featuring (but not limited to):

15 Prize Packs given away via a ‘Virtual Scavenger Hunt’

Young students love scavenger hunts. However, it is a lesser known fact that teachers love them too! To supply the demand, we virtually ‘hid’ 15 class prize packs around New Zealand and had teachers guess their locations via a series of clues. Admittedly, I underestimated the prowess of the teacher’s guessing abilities...which included guessing this place after just the first clue:

Congratulations to Ms Brookland from Linwood Ave School for answering that one correctly, and to all 14 other teachers who got their classes involved and guessed relentlessly! Kendall had fun today delivering the prizes to a few of the local schools that won:

One Auckland ‘Insurance Day’ featuring four schools

It was our pleasure to spend the day in Auckland in an event put on by the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) with 40 awesome Intermediate students from Pt England, Glen Innes, Glen Brae and Glen Taylor School. They were joined by eight different insurance providers and representatives from YET, CFFC and MPP. The aim was to teach the students a little bit about insurance and being responsible with their money - and what better medium for that than Banqer! Individual groups of students had to purchase a house together using our real estate module, then decide whether or not to insure their property. Afterwards, everything appeared normal, but then...out of nowhere...a natural disaster struck! It affected half of their properties and caused either anguish or relief. When it came to purchasing a 2nd house, you can guarantee the whole room had bought insurance. Therefore, when the next disaster struck (even more catastrophic this time!) it wasn’t met with the same emotional turmoil. In particular, the students’ behaviour was exemplary, Young Enterprise ran the ICNZ event flawlessly, and all insurance providers brought some great prizes enjoyed by all the students (and modelled above!) All in all it was a great day, and a sweet excuse to get out of the office. I even made some new friends in the process:


These were just a couple of the 74 public events and 618 private events that filled the week and undoubtedly made a positive impact on the financial landscape in New Zealand. As a follow up, we are holding a webinar on Wednesday (14th September) that talks people through some of Banqer’s more advanced (and fun!) modules - it’s for everyone, so be sure to check out that event.

In summary, thank you for being a part of Money Week NZ, and big ups to the CFFC for championing the week. Together, let’s not reduce financial capability to a week of events, but to a societal change as we help each other develop in financial knowledge and practice.

Were you involved with Money Week in any other capacity? Let us know in the comments below or write a post in our community about your class experiences!

Insights from Cam Richardson (Scavenger hunt star, Money Week master and Banqer team member)