People equipped with financial knowledge and skills

Vaka Tautua is continuing to equip people with financial knowledge and skills, with a number of "class" graduations at Emerge Aotearoa Manurewa this week. Vaka Tautua delivers financial capability training on-site for emergency housing clients.

Financial Capability Coordinator, Tevita Faleafa, said all of the graduates who had completed the eight-week programme had shared how the programme has changed the way they think about money and their finances. Many are now using budgeting plans and saving money.

Financial Capability Advisor, Neli Alo, believes a key strength of the programme is that everyone can learn something. For some, it is about refining the tools they already have so they can start saving. For others, it is about finding that self-belief and confidence to make the changes that are needed.

“It doesn’t matter whether you have a lot of money or a small amount of money. It all depends on the way you manage your money,” said Neli.

Financial Capability Coordinator, Tevita Faleafa, with graduates.


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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