Financial Literacy for Pacific Families with Disability
Vaka Tautua provides programmes teaching Financial Literacy to Pacific families caring for a family member with a disability.
We have advised Pacific families with disability for many years so we know how tough it is for these families to survive financially. Add in the extra costs on a family of supporting a family member with disability and consider the responsibility of caring (meaning your ability to work outside the home is reduced), and you have a recipe for serious financial strain. Our Financial Literacy programme aims to give you the tools to make the best choices regarding your finances. We don’t tell you how to manage your money, instead we give you the information and empower you to make the best decision for your own family long term.
Our Financial Literacy programme includes eight weeks of workshops plus one-on-one financial coaching in your home.
Outside these times our Coaches are always available for support by phone. All are Pacific and are trained in facilitation through our partnership with the Commission for Financial Capability. This programme is free and completely confidential.
“Budgeting isn’t scary. It’s simply about making better decisions with your money.
A budget puts you in control of your cash.”- Sorted.org.nz
Aims of Service
Grow the financial decision-making knowledge of Pacific families with disability so they are empowered to make the best financial decisions for their family.
Update families on their disability entitlements and ensure they are receiving all they are entitled to.
Develop knowledge of different opportunities for raising the families income and how to put these ideas into practice.
Enhance the health and well-being of Pacific disabled people (and their families) through growing a more financially and emotionally healthy home environment where financial stress is reduced.
Provide disability support networks for the disabled and their carers through engaging in this community programme.
“I have learned how to control my spending. I have stopped smoking. Last week I started with the KiwiSaver.
It was a hard decision to stop smoking but I am saving a lot of money”.
“The course has changed my habit on how I spend my money. I have never saved money in my life.
Now 15 weeks later, I saved $1,500 with my boys – all of us together. Have just been to Australia to see some of my relatives I haven’t seen for a long time”. -Feedback from two Pacific Families on the Tamaki Financial Literacy Programme 2012
We have a Pacific Financial Literacy team based in Auckland. Our staff know Financial Literacy and the pitfalls families often fall into such as high consumer credit.
Within the programme we have Samoan, Tongan, Fijian and Cook Islands staff members. All are fluent in their native language and can provide programme facilitation in their own language, or cater to a pan Pacific audience as needed. They bring strong backgrounds in adult education, finance, disability, budgeting, policy, and more.
Criteria for referral
Any Pacific family with disability is welcomed to our programme and we ensure we cater for your disabled family member if you wish to bring them along to the workshops. We welcome your whole family to attend our workshops as we encourage decision making for the household and we provide a light meal.
Access this service
Contact us on 0800 825 282 or email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are able to do this work thanks to the Whanau Ora Pacific Innovation fund administered by Pasifika Futures.