What is Sorted in Communities?
Sorted in Communities is Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission’s programme aimed at improving financial wellbeing in communities.
We work alongside a range of partners, including the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Kāinga Ora and Te Puni Kōkiri, to deliver financial wellbeing initiatives that build better financial futures for iwi, family, whānau and communities. Māori and Pasifika communities are our priority.
“The wananga was a great experience. I had all these lightbulb moments. I was connected to real opportunities and things I’d never heard of like shared ownership and rent-to-own. I just hadn’t realised how close we were. Between KiwiSaver, first home grants and other sources, we were so close.”Ben Armstrong Sorted Kāinga Ora participant
Sorted Kāinga Ora
The Sorted Kāinga Ora programme was developed jointly with Te Puni Kōkiri to empower whānau to realise their housing aspirations. The programme has been running for over four years and hundreds of whānau take part.
Sorted Kāinga Ora is an eight-week programme focused on building the financial capability of whānau to help them meet their housing aspirations. It includes eight workshops followed by a navigation period where whānau are supported to implement their plans.
The programme is developed and delivered by Māori for Māori. At the end of the programme graduates will better understand their housing aspirations whether that be:
- ready to move into home ownership,
- needing to grow their savings, or
- wanting to continue renting a home.
In partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri.
Pacific Peoples Pathways to Homeownership
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples partnered with Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission to design the Sorted Pacific Peoples Pathways to Homeownership programme.
Skills Update Training and Education Group deliver the programme on behalf of Te Ara Ahunga Ora. The programme focuses on building the financial capability of 1200 Pacific households over three years to assist them in achieving their home ownership aspirations.
The programme is:
- A 12-hour online course held over 1 or 2 weeks that teaches financial skills and knowledge and builds financial resilience.
- Delivered in small groups up to 40 participants, enabling people to get personalised support.
- Holistically integrated around families and community grounded in Pacific values.
- For people of Pacific descent who are 18+ years old and reside permanently in Aotearoa NZ. At least one household member must be of Pacific Heritage.
- Quality assured and assessed course content.
In partnership with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
Meet the team
Josh Nicholson, Stakeholder Specialist
Josh oversees the delivery of community programmes for Māori, specifically Sorted Kāinga Ora and Te Rito Hou. He has a background in Accounting and Financial Mentoring. Having been through his own debt journey, Josh is passionate about helping people succeed with their financial aspirations.
Natalie Pamer, Stakeholder Specialist
Natalie leads the delivery of the Pacific Peoples Pathways to Homeownership programme. She works alongside key partners including the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to deliver financial education in communities. She also works alongside government, industry, iwi and non-profit partners on the National Strategy for Financial Capability and leads the delivery of workplace programmes through Sorted at Work. Natalie is passionate about financial education and the transformative impact it can have on people’s financial journeys.