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De­spair paral­y­ses

Ev­ery dol­lar saved im­proves your lot

Hope plus ac­tion equals a bet­ter re­tire­ment

broke in re­tire­ment, and roughly the same pro­por­tion who couldn’t go on pay­ing the bills for more than a cou­ple of months, if they lost their job.

That was me pre­sent­ing the dark­ness be­fore the dawn.

The dawn was to be me lay­ing out the strate­gies to get con­trol of your fi­nances.

And then the seg­ment was over.

I hadn’t made all my points. I thought I’d have more time.

Homer closed the seg­ment say­ing I’d fright­ened her.

I didn’t mean to,’’ I blurted out in re­ply.

‘‘Yes you did,’’ she said, or words to that ef­fect.

I’d ac­ci­den­tally bro­ken one of my car­di­nal money man rules: Don’t be a fear mon­ger.

I hate fear-mon­ger­ing money writ­ers, the ones who write ar­ti­cles say­ing you need a mil­lion dol­lars or you’ll spend your re­tire­ment rot­ting in a silent agony of poverty.

But that was how I had come across. I was told as much to my face by a beau­ti­ful TV per­son.

I’ve al­ways tried to be the guy who says: ‘‘Hey, you may not be in a good place, but here’s how to get to a bet­ter one.’’

Ev­ery­one can make things bet­ter. Ev­ery­one can do the lit­tle things that month by month, im­prove their lots, re­duce their debts, and lift their sav­ings.

I was go­ing to tell peo­ple not to panic, and that we have a won­der­ful sys­tem in NZ Su­per.

It’s ef­fi­cient, easy to un­der­stand, and is the envy of other coun­tries.

It means you won’t starve in re­tire­ment. It also means ev­ery


Mike Puru and Mel Homer from TV3’s The Cafe.

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