MONEY MATTERS Newsletter

Anxiety

Are you struggling with anxiety? New Zealand Ministry of Health data shows that increasing numbers of New Zealanders are struggling with anxiety, with an estimated 442,000 people diagnosed with anxiety during 2019.  That has increased from 142,000 people in 2007.  The numbers are likely to have been higher in 2020 due to the impact of

Should my tithe be based on my net or gross income

I have heard this question many times over the years that I have been a Christian.  However, the more important question is how do you decide how much to give and how much to spend on yourself. Is the tithe all that we are asked to give?  What about those who say that we are

Helping your children into home ownership

It is sometimes suggested that home ownership is now only a dream for many people, but there are still significant numbers of people in New Zealand becoming homeowners for the first time. Reserve Bank data shows that first home buyers are accounting for an increasing share of new residential mortgage lending, with 26,500 first home

Being Content

A Household Income survey by Statistics New Zealand in 2012 showed that 14% of New Zealand households with an annual income of $156,000 or more, indicated that their income was only just enough to meet their everyday needs, and a further 5% of households said it was not enough. "But godliness actually is a means

Ten Keys To Financial Freedom

Our top ten list to find financial freedom Putting these principles and practices to work in your life will ensure that you and your family are not only on a sure financial footing, but also on the road to complete financial freedom. 10 - Build a Budget Figure out why there’s always more month left

A Biblical Perspective of Work

The 40-hour week (paid hours including overtime) remains the average for males in full-time work in Australia and New Zealand. For females in full time work the average is around 37 – 38 hours while the average for part-time workers in 20 hours a week. These survey numbers only covered paid hours and we know

11 Tips to Nail Your Next Interview

Looking for a new job? Working as unto the Lord includes preparing well for an interview. Viewing work as an opportunity to glorify Him should motivate us to prepare well for an interview in the hopes of being remembered at hiring time. Consider these tips for making a great impression at your first interview.Eye contact,

How does God’s financial advice compare to the world’s?

Few people see the Bible as a financial guidebook but the Scripture is full of spiritual and practical advice.  Here are the top three lessons where the Bible differs from all other financial advice.  “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted

How To Live A Fulfilled Life

We all want to live a fulfilling life, and seek to achieve it in different ways. Many try to make lots of money, others want to be famous, some want to have political power, some just want to be left alone and have a quiet place to do their own thing. But all of these

Survey Finds Better Giving Saves Marriages

Peter and Lorraine Crawford, who oversee Crown’s New Zealand team, have conducted a survey of individuals in their country who completed Crown’s Biblical Financial Study. The average amount of time since respondents had completed the study was four years. Here is some of what they reported. Current average debt, other than a home mortgage or