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The Fono launches new Financial Mentoring Services

The Fono is now delivering new financial mentoring services for Pacific families across Auckland and Waitemata.  

The Fono CEO Tevita Funaki says The Fono is excited to be offering new financial services to Pacific communities.  

“The Fono is delighted to be able to support Pacific families who are facing financial hardship,” he says.  

The Fono will offer financial advice, support, education and mentoring to help people achieve their financial goals and gain control of their lives in order to make long term positive changes. 

Two services will be delivered including: 

  1. Financial mentoring, working alongside families to develop a financial action plan with a long term vision towards financial success 
  2. Money Mates sessions, where we gain control over our financial lives by examining choices, options and behaviours in a safe and friendly group setting.  

Anyone can refer to the service, and The Fono can come to families or meet at our offices.  

The Fono’s Olive Stanley will lead the service. Olive holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Social Work, so is the ideal fit for the service. She has previously worked as a Mental Health Support Worker in The Fono Community Team.  

Tevita says that traditionally, the financial services have focused on helping families out of crisis, but new services are focused on delivering broader financial support and education.  

“The new service is part of the Ministry of Social Development’s building financial capability work programme. Their goal is to achieve a cultural shift so that it is easy to talk about money and everyone has a financial plan and is prepared for the unexpected,” he says.  

“Our service has being designed in that light, so that our Pacific families are aware of the need to prepare for unforeseen expenses and so that they can achieve better financial outcomes.”  

Financial Mentoring Services 

The Fono offers financial advice, support, education and mentoring to help people achieve their financial goals and gain control of their lives in order to make long term positive changes. We can come to you or meet at our offices. 

To find out more

Email: fms@thefono.org 

Phone: 09 216 6802 

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