Teaching your kids about money

A new year often involves a vow to adopt a new approach to handling your money.

We’re often told we should give our children pocket money to practice handling finances for the future. But how much, when and why? The reality is that it depends on the child.

How to start depends on your own financial circumstances and the age of your children. As a parent, you’ll obviously want to know what you want or expect them to do with the money.

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Back to school financial hustle

While many of us are still adjusting after the Christmas holidays, the first school term is fast approaching. Suddenly, we’re worrying about back to school expenses like stationery, equipment, uniforms, school fees and activities.

These expenses mount up fast, which can make it difficult and stressful trying to cover them so early in the year.

NZCU Employees, however, offers Personal Loans and Christmas Club Savings Accounts for Back-to-School expenses to help you get through.

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A year of change and challenge

New Zealand Credit Union Employees is continuing to be competitive in today’s market with the launch of a new banking platform.

Chair Sam Maw is optimistic about NZCUE’s path into the New Year, but advises members to only borrow what is needed and can be paid back.

The biggest and most exciting change in 2019 has been the move to the new banking platform which brings an expansion of digital offerings.

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What we really want for Christmas

NZCU Employees share research by the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) which showed the most important thing on peoples’ lists for what they wanted for Christmas.

The gift of time with family. 

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Saving money this Christmas

Christmas can be an expensive time of year for families, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun. Make sure you’re not letting Christmas get you into unnecessary debt with these ideas for saving money this Christmas.

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Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020 Opening Hours

Our normal office hours are Monday – Friday (9 am – 4 pm). During the 2019-2020 holiday period we will be running a reduced service, with normal operating hours from 6 January 2020.

Our holiday office hours during the Christmas / New Year period are as follows:

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Come to our 2019 AGM

Come along to our 2019 AGM and receive a $50* Pak’nSave Voucher for attending.

Date & Time

Thursday 12th December 2019 (doors open 5:30pm, AGM starts 6:00pm)


Landmark Bar and Function Venue, RSA Panmure (corner of Domain Road and Queens Road, Panmure)

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International Credit Union Day 2019

ICU Day is a chance to showcase the meaningful change the movement brings to members worldwide, this year’s theme was ‘Local Service, Global Reach’ promoting the work of credit unions around the world.

Which NZCU Employees Manager Ahukona Hatalafale, commonly known as Kona, says embodies NZCUE’s philosophy well.

As a sector which now has almost 90,000 credit unions across 117 countries in six different continents, and almost 260 million members, ICU Day which takes place annually every third Thursday of October celebrates the spirit of the global credit union movement.

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Breaking Down Barriers for Members

With the conclusion of Niuean Language Week 2019 on October 19, we talk to NZCU Employees Manager Ahukona Hatalafale, commonly known as Kona.

He promotes the benefits of bilingual staff for Pacific members, understanding and responding to member’s financial needs and his own Niuean heritage.

“I was born on the island of Niue, my family is from the village of Mutalau,” says Kona, who moved to New Zealand from Niue with his mother and siblings at the tender age of four.

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For the members

Times have changed since Tony Kempson joined NZCU Employees 33 years ago, but his trust in the credit union has remained as unwavering as NZCU Employees’ commitment to its members

It all began in 1986 when Tony came into contact with one of the credit union’s oldest members, Collin Taylor, who talked to him about NZCU.

Auckland-born and bred, Tony investigated the cooperative thoroughly before joining and hasn’t looked back since.

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