Financial advice for prisoners
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.