March 12, 2020

Will the coronavirus affect the NZ property market?

Coronavirus has hit New Zealand - will it affect the New Zealand property market? We take a closer look.
March 6, 2020

Mortgage broker VS big bank: Which is better for first home buyers?

Which are the best option for first home buyers: Mortgage brokers or big banks? We take a closer look and provide an answer.
February 27, 2020

Personal insurance: What is it and is it worth it?

Personal insurance is a range of products that protect you, your health and your income. Here’s everything you need to know.
February 20, 2020

How to make sure refinancing your mortgage saves you money

If you’re refinancing your home loan to save on your repayments, make sure you look at the fine print first. Here’s everything you need to know.
February 13, 2020

How to use KiwiSaver to buy your first home

Buying your first home can be difficult. Luckily you may be able to use your KiwiSaver to make the purchase easier - find out how.
February 5, 2020

What does the average Kiwi property investor look like?

The average property investor in New Zealand is just an everyday person. Find out how these average Kiwis are growing their portfolios.
January 30, 2020

New Zealand has a huge underinsurance problem

New Zealand has a huge problem with underinsurance and it’s costing Kiwis millions every year. Do you have the right level of cover?
January 23, 2020

How to create a 50-year financial plan

We believe financial security and independence is within the reach of all Kiwis. A 50-year financial plan may be the perfect way to make it happen.
January 16, 2020

How to check and improve your credit score

If you’ve got a bad credit score, you may struggle to secure a loan or apply for more credit. Here’s what you can do about that.

September 6, 2017
Mental health - couple with good finances

Lessons learned – what we know now about money and mental health

Over the past month, we’ve been talking about money and mental health – looking at how they affect one another, telling personal stories, and looking at how you can keep your money, mental health, and wellbeing in great shape. It’s certainly been a journey, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. As a way of reflecting back, we’ve put together our top learnings from this series: Your employment and financial status affect more than […]
August 18, 2017

A real-life look at how money and mental health collide in the elite and high-pressure world of professional sport

The Kiwi dream of a career in professional sport is not always what it’s hyped up to be; as part of Money Empire’s Money and Mental Health blog series, we had an honest and open chat to Cam Kilgour, previous Assistant Manager of a professional rugby team, about career highs, lows and money woes.  Cam Kilgour has had a dream career working in NZ Rugby, with highlights being his role as Assistant Manager for a […]
August 1, 2017
Consumerism, spending and mental health

Keeping up with the Joneses: How peer pressure to spend is impacting on our minds and our wallets

Keeping up with what’s going on in the lives of friends and family is much easier with the advent of social media. But how often have you seen or heard friends post or boast about their new house, their car, their promotion? Even their new, super expensive, designer watch? It’s human nature to laud success, and it also invites the human, understandable reaction of “Why not me? Why can’t I be like my friends and […]
July 17, 2017
Mental health finance issues

How mental health and finances affect each other – and how to stop the cycle

Which came first – the mental health issues affected by financial problems, or the financial problems affected by mental health issues? It’s hard to say, but one thing we do know is that your finances and mental health are intrinsically linked. As we outlined in part one of our Money and Mental Health series, people in debt are more likely to be depressed, and people who are depressed are more likely to get themselves in […]
June 28, 2017
Mental health and money

Money and mental health – where they coincide and why we care

Besides losing your job, going through a divorce, or (let’s be honest) having kids, few things are more consistently stressful than dealing with your finances. And since money is one of the few constants that we think about throughout our lifetime, it’s something that can affect us (and our mental health) long term. So why are we talking about mental health? Mental health and money are without a doubt interconnected; issues with your finances can […]