New study shows less than half of adult Kiwis have a will - 'I didn't think I needed one'

Less than half of adult Kiwis have a will, according to new research from the Commission for Financial Capability.

In a survey of 2000 New Zealanders aged 18 and over by the commission, 47 per cent had a will.

For women surveyed, 44 per cent had wills, and for men, 51 per cent.

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell said it was important all adults had wills regardless of their wealth, or if they have children or own a home.

“The risk for people if they do die without a will is that there can be a lot of fighting after they’re gone, it can take your family a lot of time to apply to get your estates sorted,” she said.

Ms Maxwell said with an increase in blended families, wills were more necessary than ever.

Wills outline who should receive the possessions of someone after they die.

But it’s about more than assets, also including the person’s wishes for child custody and pet care, if applicable, along with funeral arrangements and where you want to be buried.

Ms Maxwell said there’s multiple reasons why adults might not have a will.

“I think maybe we get a little superstitious, I think sometimes we just don’t get round to it.”

The Commission for Financial Capability’s community programme leader Peter Cordtz said Kiwis are not good at talking about money, and this issue increases for the Māori community, as well as Pasifika.

The survey showed just one fifth of Pasifika people have a will, while this rose slightly to one quarter for the Asian community and 31 per cent of Māori.

“Part of that is not wanting to invite death into your home but I think for Pacific and Maori, there’s an overlay of collectivism,” Mr Cordtz said.

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell said whether people are writing their own will, paying for legal services or taking up a free promotion, thoroughness is vital.

“You need to make sure it’s watertight. You need to make sure it’s signed and you need to make sure you’ve gone through a good process,” she said.

She said while the cost of around several hundred dollars for a basic will through a lawyer may put some people off, it’s about making an investment to help your family in the future.

It’s also important wills are checked every few years to ensure they are still relevant to the person’s situation and assets, Ms Maxwell said.

New research shows less than half of New Zealanders have made arrangements for their properties after they die. Source: 1 NEWS



'She was extraordinary' - Jacinda Ardern hails mother as 125 years of women’s suffrage celebrated

Hundreds of celebrations are taking place across the country to mark 125 years since Kiwi women received the right to vote.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern marked the historic occasion from Auckland's Aotea Square this morning, where she acknowledged her mother as just one of New Zealand's many inspirational women.

Acting Minister for Women Eugenie Sage also acknowledged the work of women such as Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia and others who tirelessly campaigned for women's suffrage.

The Electoral Act, signed into law on September 19, 1893, gave women over the age of 21 the right to vote in parliamentary elections - the first country in the world to do so.

The PM spoke about New Zealand’s inspirational women in central Auckland today, including one close to her heart. Source: 1 NEWS

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South Auckland charity The Aunties takes home top Women of Influence Award

The founder of a South Auckland charity group dubbed The Aunties has won the top honour at the Women of Influence Awards.

Jackie Clark set up the not-for-profit organisation six years ago to help vulnerable women and children who've experienced domestic violence.

The group's primary aim is to provide material needs to those they support.

"The Aunties believe everyone has the right to be safe, to have shelter, to be fed, to be loved, to dream, to read, to write, to have their say, and to be heard," the group proclaims on its Givealittle page. "Where any of those things are missing, the Aunties mission is to help provide them - the practical things, and also in terms of advocacy and pastoral care."

The group says it believes in manaakitanga - protecting the mana of the people they help so that they can find their way towards living independently, and with dignity and joy.

"Jackie and her fellow Aunties give without seeking anything in return and without judgement," said Westpac NZ chief executive David McLean, whose company co-sponsors the Women of Influence Awards. "She, and her core of other Aunties, ask vulnerable women what they need and then set about making it happen, in a completely selfless way.

"They have made an enormous contribution to our local communities at grassroots level."

The award ceremony was held last night at SkyCity in Auckland.

Here's the full list of winners:
Supreme Winner: Jackie Clark
Lifetime Achievement: Theresa Gattung
Arts and Culture: Miranda Harcourt
Board and Management: Dr Farah Palmer
Business and Enterprise: Angie Judge
Rural: Rebecca Keoghan
Public Policy: Charlotte Korte
Community/Not for Profit: Jackie Clark
Innovation and Science: Professor Wendy Larner
Diversity: Sarah Lang
Global: Sarah Vrede
Young Leader: Maddison McQueen-Davies

Jackie Clark set up the non-for-profit six years ago, which aims to help vulnerable women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Source: Breakfast


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Eleven Glenorchy homes still without power 48 hours after early spring snowfall

Some resident in Central Otago's Glenorchy are still without power 48 hours after a spring snowfall caused major disruptions in the deep south.

Eleven properties remains with power this morning.

Aurora Energy is hoping to have power restored to the area by this evening.

Around 360 households in the central Otago town are affected, with Aurora Energy hoping to have electricity back on by this evening. Source: Breakfast

In many places power was cut, schools were closed and flights cancelled. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Artist uses pyramid in central Auckland to spread some joy around town

A Kiwi artist are architect is using a pyramid in central Auckland to spread some joy.

Matt Liggins has made it his mission to ask people what makes them smile, but instead of rolling up to you on the street he's built a pyramid to help lighten people's moods.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp's Lucas de Jong went along to take a look and share a laugh in the video above.

Matt Liggins has made it his mission to ask Kiwis what makes them smile. Source: Seven Sharp