Grassroots Money Sense – a hui to help communities to live healthier, wealthier lives

Grassroots Money Sense hui 2016

By Alison Sutton, Manager, Literacy and Family Learning, COMET Auckland 


On September 9, the last day of Money Week, 2016, 72 people from 41 different Auckland organisations came together to talk about how community action around financial capability can support healthier wealthier communities.

The hui was delivered by COMET Auckland, and supported by the Commission for Financial Capability and the Auckland Financial Literacy Practitioners and Providers Network (AFLPPN). 

Grassroots Money Sense hui 2016

The key note presenters spoke on:

  • Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith opened the hui, and spoke on how the National Strategy for Financial Capability shapes action for all of us.
  • Alexander Stevens, Manukura for the Commission for Financial Capability, was our first key note speaker and introduced Making Sense of Cents, a programme designed to encourage people in the Māori community to find as many ways as possible to korero (talk) about money.
  • Te Awa Ora Trust spoke on their work, alongside the Randwick Park community, building local financial capability through Randwick Park: The Money Road Trip
  • G-FIT: Growing Financial Independence in Tamaki shared their pathway of courses specially designed for local people, and growing a network of local, financial capability coaches.

Grassroots Money Sense hui 2016

There were also presentations from:

  • South Auckland Christian Food Bank – Jane Mead
  • Growing strong Pacific Families – Pelenatete Lam Sam
  • Vape to Save – Rebecca Ruwhi-Collins and the G-Fit Champions
  • O’oa Mafangongo – Sima Langi and Tim Swann
  • It’s all good: Knowing your rights… From your wrongs – Lezanne Gibbs
  • Getting sorted – Glenn Martin

The hui was a great success with great new connections and resources. Feedback on the day and since the hui has been overwhelmingly positive. Detailed notes on the presentations, as well as the presentation slides, can be found on COMET'S website. A video of the event has also been created, our thanks to  the Commission for Financial Capability.

For more information on the Hui, or if you would like more information on setting up a regional network for local partners, please contact Melanie Turner, National Strategy Programme Manager,