Financial information for Hutt Valley folks

Find agencies in the Hutt Valley from the list below that can help you out, plus there are some great online Kiwi websites.

Budgeting and financial planning

Sorted NZ has some practical information for Kiwis of all ages, whether you're going flatting or studying, buying your first home or planning for your retirement. There are lots of money tools on the site to make planning and budgeting easier too.

Here's an interesting read for those in their 30s - an article from Forbes magazine on making good financial decisions in your 30s, to live well in your older years. Even though it's written from an American perspective, it's still well worth the read.

Need to manage your money better, or shrink your debt?

Many people are not naturally talented at managing their money. We found two great online resources to help you reach your dream goal of a holiday or a new car or whatever lights your fire, full of helpful advice:

  • "How to Develop Financial Literacy", in 10 steps
  • Practical Money Skills New Zealand has a "Manage Your Money" resource where you can learn how to live within your means, how to save for university, and even work out how much you're able to spend on a new car. There are games here too to test your financial knowledge

Sorted NZ's advice to shrink debt is to "avoid dumb debt, make a repayment plan and manage your mortgage". Here's a link to finding out your money personality (and your partner's!)

If you need financial help, you can talk to your bank manager and/or visit local groups that offer free financial advice (like Citizens Advice), or go to an authorised financial adviser.

Budget help - at no cost

  • Hutt Valley Benefit Education Service Trust assists, supports and empowers Hutt beneficiaries and low income earners with benefit information and advocacy. Located at 3 Perry St, Silverstream, Upper Hutt. Phone 04 529 8108 hvbest@xtra.co.nz Mon, Wed and Fri 10.00am-2.00pm
  • Accounting for Charities Trust provides subsidised financial services and training to all not-for-profits. Contact Mark Vallance phone 04 565 3299 or 027 249 4721 info@charityaccounts.org.nz

Kiwisaver

You can look up your Kiwisaver provider and scheme here, for everything you want to know about your own Kiwisaver plan.

While the normal age for withdrawing your Kiwisaver is at retirement (65+), there are circumstances where you can withdraw your Kiwisaver funds early.


Insurance

SortedNZ has a good section on insurance and takes you through choosing the right cover and tips for purchasing insurance read more. Here's a handy list of financial and insurance advisers in the Hutt Valley.

Wills and trusts

Do you need a will? Should you set up a Trust? Gillespie Young Watson in Lower Hutt, offers some good articles covering both of these topics and SortedNZ has a comprehensive section on wills too. 


Credit cards and credit companies

See how Visa, Amex, Mastercard and finance companies compare with their interest-free terms and fees.

Consumer NZ has an online guide to understanding credit contracts and your rights. Did you know you have a "cooling off" period of three working days?

Mortgages


Funerals and expenses

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Chartered accountants

Need help with your accounts? Find a chartered accountant in any area of Lower Hutt or Upper Hutt on the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants website.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Citizens Advice Bureau, Lower Hutt, phone 04 566 6039
Citizens Advice Bureau, Upper Hutt, phone 04 528 9040
Citizens Advice Bureau, Petone, phone 04 568 8877

Financial advisers

A financial adviser's job is to look at your personal lifestyle and objectives, identify your cash flow and insurance needs and give advice toward helping you protect and build your assets. Find an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) in Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt on the Financial Markets Authority website.

Free legal advice

Organisations that offer free legal advice sessions are (contact them to find out where and when):

Lawyers

Find a local lawyer or organisation on the New Zealand Law Society website.

Trading banks

The following banks have branches throughout the Hutt Valley - go to each website to find out more:

Work and Income NZ

If you are in financial dire straits due to a change in your circumstances (e.g.too sick to work, made redundant), WINZ may be able to help you. WINZ offices in the Hutt Valley:

  • Wainuiomata - Wainuiomata Community Link, Shop 6, The Strand
  • Lower Hutt - 317-327 High Street, Lower Hutt 5040
  • Naenae - Naenae Community Link, 2 Vogel Street, Naenae
  • Upper Hutt - 162-164 Main Street, Upper Hutt

WINZ and benefit help

HV BEST, Hutt Valley Benefit Education Services Trust offers free Work and Income benefit information, advocacy and help with WINZ benefits. Located at 3 Perry St, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt. Appointments can be made on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 10am-3pm. Phone 04 529 8108 or hvbest@xtra.co.nz.


Study grants

Scholarship and study grants information can be found on the education and careers page.