November 14, 2017
Personal insurance to protect your family

Personal insurance: Where on earth do I start?

Most New Zealanders take steps to insure their house, contents and car, then promptly forget about their most important asset: themselves! But given that we never know what’s around the corner, it makes sense to take some time to consider protecting ourselves with life, trauma, mortgage or income protection personal […]
October 24, 2017

5 things you need to do before purchasing at a home auction

Buying for the first time at a home auction can be both exhilarating and terrifying, especially if it’s the first property you’ve ever purchased.  With the help of a few other professionals, our first home expert Lisa Barton put together her top five things to make sure you’ve got sorted […]
October 9, 2017
How to save money on your mortgage

Six ways to save money on your mortgage

Your mortgage is usually the biggest debt you’ll ever have – but it doesn’t have to be quite as big as some of the banks would have you believe! Our refinancing and restructuring expert, Lisa Barton, takes a look at some easy ways you can save serious money on your […]
September 20, 2017
NZ election voting

What the NZ election means for you and your finances

So the election’s done and dusted – but with the government still not actually determined and old Winny holding the balance of power it’s still pretty up in the air which policies are going to come into play over the next three years. Throughout the election, housing, taxes, and the […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]