Ngā Tāngata Microfinance is a registered charitable trust and company that makes interest-free loans as an ethical alternative to high-cost lenders. Our loans are 100% interest-free, with no administration fees or hidden costs.


What people say about us

It no longer feels overwhelming, when I look at financial matters. I've already achieved so much in the one week since receiving the loan. I actually enjoy dealing with it now, even if it's stuff that's difficult or challenging to work through, because I know that I am dealing with it. That motivation to do so & sense of empowerment has never happened before.
Now I feel more relaxed and can handle the loan so it helps me practically and mentally.
We are gonna have quality time with my mokopuna, that’s what I want. I’m not just working to pay the bills anymore.
This process reduced the stress massively, and by the end of each meeting [with the budgeter], we had achieved a lot in getting my finances more under control. This seems to have become a blueprint, as - with the reduction in stress I experienced as we took action in the meetings - I'm now motivated to continue financial action at home.
I had been really stressed and it looked like I wasn’t going anywhere. It was like chasing a rat.
You know, with debt, it gets to that point where you know you can never get rid of it. So thank you. You are that hand up out of the trap.
The feeling of support gives a sense of direction with a positive feeling. With people who care and a sense of understanding I feel blessed.
When I see the Home Direct truck now, I just say to myself "No thanks!!". It also helps that they don't know our address.
Thank you very much for meeting my need when I really needed it. It gave me hope to get it right. It worked with having the right people around to assist me. A satisfying difference to my well being and peace of mind.

Our loans

We offer small loans up to $3,000. The loan purpose can be family well-being or debt relief. To apply for a loan, talk to your financial mentor (budgeting advisor).

See how you can get help

Client Success Stories

Debt and more debt (DRL)
Wendy, a Budgeting Adviser (BA), met Peter, a superannuitant, in 2014. Peter accessed food parcels, and received help to visit Work and Income due to his high hardship count. His high needs also meant that...
Read more
Family pressures (Family Well Being)
Julie and her partner have family in New Zealand, and her parents are in Samoa. The Budgeting Advisor (Financial Mentor) came to know Julie’s relations first, and noted their frequent use of high interest credit....
Read more
See more client stories

How you can help

We accept donations and volunteers.

To find out how to help us please contact info@ntm.org.nz

How to help

A Gagana Sāmoa translation of our information brochure is now available.


Latest research

Submission to the Select Committee on Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill
Ngā Tāngata Microfinance Trust has made a submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, on the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill, June 2019.
See more research

Latest Ngā Tāngata Press and Media

Press Release: Borrow’s pain needs an ambulance at cliff top
As submissions closed in June on the Credit Contracts Amendment Bill, the clarion call from Ngā Tangata Microfinance, FinCap, budgeting services and poverty focussed agencies...
Read more press

Meet some of our people

Nicola Brehaut
Nicola Brehaut is proud to have been involved with Nga Tangata Microfinance since its inception. She brings Senior Management experience across three sectors – private, not-for-profit and public. A 6th generation New Zealander, Nicola is passionate about building stronger communities and working in partnership with others to enable change for the benefit of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Julie Timmins

Julie was a founding member of Child Poverty Action Group and worked for the organisation in administration and communications. Julie is passionate about social justice and inequality and has a Masters in Equality Studies from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Brittany Teei

Brittany Teei is a proud Cook Island and NZ Māori woman who was born and raised in Central Auckland. Brittany currently owns and operates KidsCoin. KidsCoin is a financial empowerment technology company that uses digital tools to help children learn important money management skills that last a lifetime. She is passionate about using this channel to raise awareness around financial empowerment for low socio-economic communities, in order to continue to work towards a more equitable future for the communities of Aotearoa.

Meet the whole team

He waka eke noa

“With red and black the work will be complete”

When there is co-operation, if everyone does their part, the work will be complete.