Fi­nan­cial ad­vice for pris­on­ers

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Women pris­on­ers have re­ceived help with bud­get­ing and ev­ery­day bank­ing through fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy work­shops at Aro­hata Prison.

The work­shops fol­lowed suc­cess­ful fo­rums held for com­mu­nity-based of­fend­ers in Welling­ton over the past two years.

‘‘Th­ese fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy work­shops are giv­ing of­fend­ers ev­ery­day bank­ing skills that many of us take for granted,’’ Aro­hata Prison di­rec­tor Chris Burns said.

The Aro­hata work­shops were run by BNZ staff on Fe­bru­ary 3.

Par­tic­i­pants heard about set­ting fi­nan­cial goals, recog­nis­ing needs ver­sus wants, open­ing a bank ac­count, how to clear bad credit, com­mu­nity bank­ing and how to spot a scam.

‘‘The work­shops were in­for­ma­tive and will help give the women con­fi­dence to bet­ter man­age their fi­nances,’’ Burns said.

One pris­oner said she re­ally en­joyed the work­shops.

‘‘I learned how I can fix my debt. And that once it’s sorted there are ways and means of bank­ing. I thought I’d be stuffed for­ever,’’ she said.

There were three ses­sions of up to 90 min­utes each for women in the Drug Treat­ment Unit.

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