Financial literacy for Pacific families with disability programme


The financial literacy for Pacific families with disability programme is focused on equipping families caring for a family member with a disability with the knowledge and skills to make informed, financial decisions. Information on financial support entitlements for families with a person living with a disability is also provided.

The programme involves an eight-week group workshop programme on financial and budgeting fundamentals and practical skills; followed by in-home one-on-one financial coaching. It is delivered in three ethnic-specific languages (Samoan, Tongan, and Cook Islands).

How to access this programme

​This programme is free and available to Pacific families and carers of people with a disability. To enrol, please contact Vaka Tautua on or phone 0800 825 282


Financial capability services

Auckland-wide, Wellington


We deliver financial capability services for partner organisations on-site for their respective clients or service users. These services involve a six to eight week programme on financial and budgeting fundamentals and practical skills; followed by one-on-one financial coaching for extended programmes. Currently, we are providing these services to:


  • Emerge Aotearoa Emergency Housing (Manurewa, Ranui, Porirua)

  • Monte Cecilia Emergency Housing (Mangere)

For more information, please contact Clare Williams on


The Generator

South Auckland, North Waikato, Porirua, Whanganui, Tairawhiti


The Generator initiative supports whānau and communities in high need areas in New Zealand to develop their own solutions to their financial challenges through action and enterprise. This kick-start funding and support helps people:

  • realise their talents and abilities

  • increase their incomes and employment opportunities

  • build their skills and capabilities, and

  • create strong connections and networks in vulnerable communities.


The initiative is delivered in partnership with Emerge Aotearoa, and is currently active in South Auckland, North Waikato, Porirua, Whanganui, and Tairawhiti.


How it works

The Generator encourages individuals, whānau and community groups to plan a sustainable enterprise before applying for seed funding that can then be used to turn their business ideas into real enterprises. Applicants usually need to complete a series of planning steps before receiving seed funding. Successful applicants are introduced to one of a network of ‘community generators’ whose role is to co-produce the enterprise. Community Generators act as mentors and guides and networkers for those who have received seed funding.

For more information, please contact Tammy Potini on or visit

Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social services provider. Established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts, we are a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We meet industry standards and have quality accreditation. We hold DAA Group Certification against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services; Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Standards Level 2, and Accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

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