Financial literacy summits
Every second year we host and coordinate a national financial literacy summit with key stakeholders.
Financial Literacy 2013 was held in Auckland on Friday 14 June with pre-summit workshops on the 13th.
The 2011 summit addressed the four focus areas of the revised National Strategy for Financial Literacy - developing quality, extending delivery, sharing what works and working together.
At the 2009 Summit, Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan reviewed progress and discussed the challenges ahead, and international speakers shared their experiences with over 200 participants.
The impetus for a national strategy to raise New Zealanders’ financial literacy arose from the inaugural Financial Literacy Symposium in Wellington in December 2006.
Within 18 months a draft National Strategy had been developed, a consultation process undertaken, and New Zealand’s first National Strategy for Financial Literacy was launched, in June 2008. This rapid development underlines the importance attached to the issue by the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The 2003 Symposium brought together experts from New Zealand and Australia to present information on the net wealth of New Zealanders, Australians and the adequacy of private savings for retirement. Presenters and commentators discussed the implications of the new research and how it affects savings and retirement income issues.
Dr Michael Cullen, Minister of Finance, opened the symposium, and Professor Gary Hawke from Victoria University of Wellington and Dr Alan Bollard, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, chaired the event.
The 2001 Symposium brought together experts from both overseas and New Zealand to present information on retirement income policy. Professor Gary Hawke from Victoria University of Wellington chaired the event. The keynote speaker, Professor Rust of Yale University, presented information on retirement income policies from around the world.