15 February 2023

Her Money Matters - A kōrero on financial wellbeing

View the full recording of the International Women's Day event held in Auckland, March 2023.

About the event

The FMA is hosting a panel event on financial wellbeing for women in celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, designed to inspire women towards financial empowerment. 

It’s now easier than ever to invest, but women still lag behind men in many financial wellbeing indicators like participation, confidence and self-rated knowledge.   

FMA’s research released last year that showed that investors are still more likely to be male, and women, on average, will retire with 20% less than men.  

Our event is designed to bring together women of all ages who are interested in their financial wellbeing and inspire better financial outcomes for women.  

Hosted by Chief Executive Samantha Barrass, the panel will feature special guests: 

  • Frances Cook @francescooknz 
  • Mary Holm 
  • Te Kahukura Boynton @maorimillionaire 
  • Sarah Kelsey @theoneupproject 

A light lunch will be served. 

About our panelists

Frances Cook 
Host, “Cooking the Books” podcast

A reformed financial hot mess who now makes a living saving others from her money mistakes, Frances Cook knows a thing or two about balancing the books. Host of personal finance podcast Cooking the Books, and author of best-selling book Tales from a Financial Hot Mess, you can find Frances giving her two cents in her regular BusinessDesk column.


Mary Holm 
Personal finance journalist 

Described as New Zealand’s most trusted financial expert on how to make your money work in the real world, it is unsurprising to learn Mary Holm was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to financial literacy education in 2020. She is the author of best-selling books including Rich Enough? A Laid-back Guide for Every Kiwi and A Richer You: How to Make the Most of Your Money. Through her regular columns in the New Zealand Herald and as a frequent speaker at conferences and events, Mary continues to empower and educate New Zealanders on how to take control of their finances and achieve their goals. 


Te Kahukura Boynton 
Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe 
Content creator, “Māori Millionaire”  

As if studying Law full time wasn’t enough, Te Kahukura Boynton has also leapt feet first into the world of entrepreneurship and content creating while actively pursuing financial and personal growth – all before reaching her twenties.Also known as Māori Millionaire, Te Kahukura has the bold goal of reaching $1,000,000 net worth by 25, and she is well on her way to achieving this. While documenting her journey of learning about financial independence and empowerment on her blog, Māori Millionaire, her infectious personality and drive for success has also seen Te Kahukura featured on Newshub, Stuff, and Maori Television. 


Sarah Kelsey 
Host, “The OneUp Project” podcast 

Having interviewed over 60 industry experts, leaders, and professionals, Sarah Kelsey has her finger on the financial pulse. For Sarah, it is in with financial literacy and personal growth, and out with anything that stymies success.  

A relative newcomer to the world of investing, Sarah began making waves in April 2020 hosting The OneUp Project podcast. Here she aims to open conversations around money matters, and get young people excited about sorting out what she refers to as, “the traditionally boring stuff.”

Event registration

There are a limited number of tickets available, but you must register to attend. There is no charge to attend. Tickets will be allocated via a first-come, first served basis and will be released in two batches, one on Wednesday 15 February and one on Wednesday 1 March.

Register here

Join the livestream

The event will be livestreamed and we encourage you to join remotely if you live outside of Auckland. There is no need to register beforehand - simply head to the FMA's Facebook on Wednesday 8 March at 12:00pm. A recording of will also be available on the FMA's YouTube @NZFMA shortly after the event. 


Date and Time   8 March, 12.00pm  

Toroa Room, Generator, Level 2, (one level up the escalator from the entrance), PwC Tower, 15 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD, 1010  

Best entrance – on the corner of Lower Albert Street and Custom Street West (opposite DFS and AMP) 


12:00pm Welcome 

12:05pm Panel 

12:40pm Q&A 

12:55pm Closing remarks 

1:00pm Networking 

1:30pm Event concludes


If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] 

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