About Us

BudgetFirst is a registered charity which helps people and their families with personal budgeting and managing debt. We provide a free, non-judgemental service to people who want to understand more about their money, and take control of any problems that could be on the horizon.

Our assistance ranges from home ownership to savings and repossessions. Whatever your requirements, we can help you with answers to your money questions - from simple money management tips to acting as your financial mentors.

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MEET THE TEAM

Kristal    I joined the team at BudgetFirst in 2011, and became the Service Manager in 2015. Before this, I worked in the banking and finance sector and hold a Bachelor of Science in banking and finance. I really enjoy working alongside our clients. Everyone needs a financial action plan, and sharing that plan with a financial mentor makes it real.

Kristal

I joined the team at BudgetFirst in 2011, and became the Service Manager in 2015. Before this, I worked in the banking and finance sector and hold a Bachelor of Science in banking and finance. I really enjoy working alongside our clients. Everyone needs a financial action plan, and sharing that plan with a financial mentor makes it real.

Yvonne     Ngati Pahauwera, Ngati Poporo and Ngati Te Ata   I joined the team at BudgetFirst in 2008 as a volunteer, and I’m a financial mentor and facilitator for the Money Mates workshops. I really enjoy working within our team and helping whanau to achieve their financial goals and manage their money.   Titiro Whakamuri   Kokiri Whakamua  Look back and reflect So you can move forward

Yvonne

Ngati Pahauwera, Ngati Poporo and Ngati Te Ata

I joined the team at BudgetFirst in 2008 as a volunteer, and I’m a financial mentor and facilitator for the Money Mates workshops. I really enjoy working within our team and helping whanau to achieve their financial goals and manage their money.

Titiro Whakamuri
Kokiri Whakamua
Look back and reflect
So you can move forward

Paul    I first joined BudgetFirst as a volunteer in 2011 and became a full-time budget advisor in 2012. Before this, I worked in accounting, marketing and management. What I most enjoy about being a financial mentor is the chance to have a positive “one-to-one” impact on a client’s financial circumstances. Sometimes just talking to an independent third party relieves the built-up stress, clarifies their situation, and lets them walk away with a pathway forward.

Paul

I first joined BudgetFirst as a volunteer in 2011 and became a full-time budget advisor in 2012. Before this, I worked in accounting, marketing and management. What I most enjoy about being a financial mentor is the chance to have a positive “one-to-one” impact on a client’s financial circumstances. Sometimes just talking to an independent third party relieves the built-up stress, clarifies their situation, and lets them walk away with a pathway forward.

Tania     Ngati Pahauwera, Ngati Kahungunu   I have been a financial mentor since 2003. What I most enjoy about working with BudgetFirst are the people, and the feeling of camaraderie. I have a great understanding of the needs of our communities and the real issues our people are facing. I understand Māori values and knowledge, and adhere to concepts such as whanaungatanga, whakapapa and manaakitanga when dealing with people from all nationalities.

Tania

Ngati Pahauwera, Ngati Kahungunu

I have been a financial mentor since 2003. What I most enjoy about working with BudgetFirst are the people, and the feeling of camaraderie. I have a great understanding of the needs of our communities and the real issues our people are facing. I understand Māori values and knowledge, and adhere to concepts such as whanaungatanga, whakapapa and manaakitanga when dealing with people from all nationalities.


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