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Meet Tim


19th of January, 2017

As you confront the reality that your summer holidays are drawing to a close I hope you’ve squeezed in your season’s quota of sunshine, sunscreen, and socialising. There is nothing like a decent break to recharge and reenergize for the year ahead, and no profession deserves that break more …

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Liz Koh: How to Avoid Bringing Up Spoiled Brats


8th of December, 2016

No one sets out to bring up spoiled children. However, the kind, gentle approach to child rearing, which contrasts with the iron hand of older generations, combined with a more affluent society, mean it is all too common for children to have the upper hand in the family. Parents can find themselves sacrificing their financial futures to keep up with seemingly unlimited demands …

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The Best Advice


2nd of December, 2016

Like a lot of other 20 or 30 somethings at times I can feel a little out of my depth financially. Actually I don’t think there is an age restriction on that feeling although I’d love to be proven wrong in a few years time. As I look for personal investment options, or mortgage choices, or banking solutions often the problem …

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The Future of Education (from Singularity U)


21st of November, 2016

Sue Suckling shocked many with a rousing, inspirational and surprising talk about the future of education at Singularity U conference. This blog will flesh out some of the main points and take away messages, hopefully for more than the …

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Tim Kong: On Designing EdTech


3rd of November, 2016

A while back I wrote a blog post about Banqer and I wanted to write a few more thoughts out of that. Some thoughts on designing edtech, as not only part of a digital curriculum, but for young people who know only this world …

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An Exhibitor’s perspective on #ULearn16


14th of October, 2016

Over 1700 teachers descended upon the tourist hotspot of Rotorua to enjoy mineral pools, the notorious ‘Eat street’ restaurants, fancy dress up parties...oh yes, and attend the ULearn education conference! As you’re hopefully aware, ULearn is New Zealand's premier conference for educators, organised by the talented folk at Core Education. It is a wonderful …

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Teacher Profiles: Holiday Edition


28th of September, 2016

For many in the Banqer Community, Term 3 was packed with School Productions, the Rio Olympics, chilly winter months and so much more. It’s finally the holidays, so, we’re asking the teachers of …

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Grey or Golden: Part Three


22th of September, 2016

If you’ve been on this journey with me over the past several weeks I congratulate your past and present self. If not to minimise the chance of me sounding like a rambling KiwiSaver condemner, you may want to cover off Part One and Part Two. Or live a little …

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Money Week ‘16


12th of September, 2016

Veni, vidi, vici. Or, as it is commonly translated in English; we came, we saw, we conquered. Money Week (MW) is centred around something deeply important to all of us here at Banqer: building financial capability in Kiwis. This year it was flat out! MW is intended to open up conversations and champion better financial practices. If you haven’t …

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Money Week Kōrero with Wendy Marr


1st of September, 2016

You may have heard us mention a thing or two about the upcoming Money Week lately. It’s a big event on the Banqer calendar, but what’s it really all about? Instead of us telling you, we reached out to Wendy Marr a Senior Advisor at The Commission for Financial Capability, the very organisation who brings …

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Grey or Golden: Part Two


25th of August, 2016

Firstly, I’d like to thank ‘Past Kendall’ for deciding to not only write one blog post, but a series. I think this highlights the theme of my last post; not caring about ourselves in the future, which in turn creates this turbulent relationship with our past and present self, especially …

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Banqing on the Olympics


18th of August, 2016

Every four years, productivity seems to drop globally as up to 4 billion people tune in to see the most athletic, gifted and talented human beings compete for their country on the world stage. It’s time for the Olympics! However, the excitement around the Olympics doesn’t have to be a hindrance to classroom productivity - there are many fascinating things to …

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Grey or Golden: Part One


11th of August, 2016

The concept of aging has been thrown in my face a little lately. I’ve never been one to care much about getting old, but on a recent flight I was confronted by the guy next to me as he conceded “I can’t believe I’m turning 25, before long I’ll be 30 and old.” As I personally stare down the barrel of 26 his words turned …

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What if KiwiSaver Funds were kids on the playground?


4th of August, 2016

Much like the returns in early years of ‘aggressive funds’, the average person’s awareness of KiwiSaver can seriously fluctuate on a daily basis. Sometimes it is lumped into the back of the mind as simply another ‘income-depriver’, money you cannot immediately use - other times it can feel …

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Highlights from our Inaugural Webinar


28th of July, 2016

On a Tuesday afternoon during the school holidays, 30 educators tuned in live from all over New Zealand for our first ever Banqer ‘Crash Course’ Webinar. A big thank you again for all those that attended and got involved! If you missed it, and would like to check out a non-edited …

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It's the School Holidays


12th of July, 2016

You hear chirping. Is that the sound of some sort of urban wildlife? Suddenly, your eyes fly wide open - you must have missed your alarm! Stumbling and scrambling to get out of bed, you start formulating a way to excuse yourself from the morning meeting when another thought interrupts …

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Can Gamification offer education engaging learning opportunities?


4th of July, 2016

How do we keep kids engaged in the classroom? How can learning possibly be fun compared to the crazy, captivating video games being played at home? I believe that rather than lamenting how disengaged our students are, we can learn a lot from what they are engaged in (>91% play video games), and incorporate that into learning …

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Extrinsic vs Intrinsic: Divide or Coincide?


20th of June, 2016

Did you wake up this morning with a deep yearning to go to work? What incentivises you to keep showing up? Is it the pay or is it the work itself? Can it be different in education? This important discussion has been popping up in staff rooms, board meetings and internal dialogues in the minds of teachers …

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Trans Tasman Principals Conference 2016


8th of June, 2016

It was an absolute privilege to be an exhibitor at the 2016 Trans Tasman Principals Conference. Getting to meet some incredible Principals, tell them about Banqer and sneak into some informative sessions! We set up in Sky City Convention Centre armed only with the essentials: t-shirts, iPads, booklets, signs, fruit bursts and a popcorn …

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World Class: Inside NZ Education - A Special Report


27th of May, 2016

On a cold and rainy Tuesday night in May, TV3 gave their prime time, 7:30pm slot to a special report on NZ education by the prolific documentarian Bryan Bruce. Whether it was the rain or interest in the subject matter, an estimated 560,000 New Zealanders watched …

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Five Ways Digital Money Will Impact the Future


19th of May, 2016

It’s no mystery that money has changed form and function many times over the course of human history. As the population has increased, some previously used units of exchange have become unfeasible. We’ve made money more and more abstract in the pursuit of convenience. Imagine carrying around kilograms of gold around …

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An interview with Bill Gates


12th of May, 2016

Have you ever paused for a moment and thought "Wow. I’m glad that the richest man (and indeed some of the richest people in the world) is a philanthropist and technophile rather …

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#FinancialLiteracyMonth


4th of May, 2016

Financial Literacy Month has been quietly creeping into Banqer's social feeds during April as people from around the world post great financial content to support and promote financial literacy. The idea was initiated in North America, and unfortunately …

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Can a Three Year Old be a Conscious Consumer?


27th of April, 2016

I’ve often thought to myself, what age is best to learn about finances? Many people I’ve spoken to have said things like “I wish I’d learned about money when I was younger.” But how young? Now that I’m a father I wish to instil in my daughter's, financial habits that …

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Passion Unbound


13th of April, 2016

We’ve all heard (or even given!) the advice “follow your dreams”. The internet is littered with this sentiment over and over again …

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The Cane or The Game?


1st of April, 2016

Discipline was once instilled with the fear of a cane, but these days teachers have to be a lot more creative when keeping order. Have a read over our thoughts on Banqer as a great tool for incentivising the best behaviour and work out of your students …

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Jumpstarting Personal Finance


20th November, 2015

Personal Finance is becoming a big thing in America. Much more so than New Zealand. Being a teacher who is exceptionally keen on further developing financial literacy within the New Zealand education system I was fortunate enough to attend the Jump$tart National …

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St Martins on the Property Ladder


3rd November, 2015

As New Zealanders, the notion of homeownership is something the majority of us aspire towards. However the ability to attain this dream has become increasingly difficult in recent times as New Zealand house prices have continued to rise, and with the advent of the consumption …

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ULearn 2015


13th October, 2015

What better place to be during the school holidays than at ULearn, New Zealand's largest and arguably most innovative educators conference. The four day event saw more than 2,000 teachers and educators gather in Auckland to listen, learn …

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Best in Show


1st October, 2015

Last week Banqer had the opportunity to head offshore. For the first time we touched down in Sydney, Australia. What was the reason? We were given the chance to demo Banqer at the inaugural Afiniation Showcase along with 30 other FinTech companies …

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Reducing Risk in Banqer


4th September, 2015

There are flood, fires, and earthquakes. Things break, or get stolen. We crash, we crush, we drop, and destroy. We break bones and iPhones (I’m not sure which hurts the most), and worst of all, we can lose our largest assets in the blink of an eye …

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Mrs P's Pennies


26th August, 2015

It’s always exciting when teachers share with us the impact Banqer is making in their classroom. How engaged students are with their learning, the behavioural changes they are seeing in their students from Banqer, and the level of comp …

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Financial Literacy: The Way Forward


9th June, 2015

Financial literacy has garnered a lot of attention in the media lately. Our heightened awareness of the financial instability of former economic powerhouses makes us question our finances intuitively. This coupled with respective local proposed ‘bubbles’ be it in Silicon Valley or closer to home for me, the…

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Introducing Banqer


15th October, 2014

We hear it time and time again from teachers. There’s just not enough time in the day. Between Maths and English, you try to squeeze in ICT or Art, but it’s always a zero-sum game. As one thing comes in, another must go…

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