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'Take note' video series launched for Money Week

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A group of well-known New Zealanders have joined together in a video series aimed at getting people thinking about debt.

For the first time, the Commission for Financial Capability has linked up with the Reserve Bank to produce the videos.

The "Take note" series is made up of five short videos, with each presenter linked to the person featured on a particular bank note.

Alexander Stevens, the Commission’s Manukura, said: "We looked for a personal link between each of the two, so they could tell their story in a way that we think everyone can relate to.

"By standing on the shoulders of others and thinking about the great things they have achieved, we hope it will inspire New Zealanders to think about their money and what debt does for them."

The Commission has also brought together five well-known banks to work on a second video series aimed at helping our Māori and Pacific communities talk about debt.

Māori and Pacific members of staff from each bank appear in the "Birds of a feather" videos, which use the native birds featured on current and previous New Zealand bank notes.

Alexander added: "The idea was to find a new way of connecting with people. Most New Zealanders deal with a bank, so it seemed a great opportunity to be able to reach as many people as possible."

The "Take note" and "Birds of a feather" series follow the "Making sense of cents" series that the Commission released as part of last year’s Money Week.

"Making sense of cents" was designed to encourage people in the Māori community to find as many ways as possible to korero (talk) about money.

Like "Take note", it featured a range of people sharing stories; these were linked to the images on coins, instead of notes.

The people featured in "Take Note" are:

$5 Sir Edmund Hillary: Peter Hillary

$10 Kate Sheppard: Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell

$20 the Queen: Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy

$50 Sir Apirana Ngata: great-great granddaughter Mihi Ngata

$100 Ernest Rutherford: Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize winner Dianne Christenson

The videos can be viewed here:

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