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Ngā Tāngata Microfinance speaks about financial scams targeting the Pacifica communities.

Recently the Commerce Commission and the Financial Markets Authority have announced they will start a campaign to help try and combat as well as educate the Pacifica community on scams. Natalie Vincent from  Ngā Tāngata Microfinance talks with Dennis Brown – Emmanuel.

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Ngā Tāngata Microfinance general manager speaks about our safe affordable ethical loans

Ngā Tāngata Microfinance and Child Poverty Action Group speak about the danger of high interest debt on low income families in New Zealand. Natalie Vincent, Ngā Tāngata Microfinance’s general manager, speaks about the effect of the inability to save when on a low income.

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COVID-19 Puts Families At Greater Risk Of Debt Traps

Increased stress and hardship await families if the Coalition Government does not address the needs of those on low incomes, according to Ngā Tāngata Microfinance and Child Poverty Action Group.

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Herald article on the Commission for Financial Capability report

The devastating impact of COVID-19 on New Zealand’s finances is already starting to show with 10 per cent of New Zealand households already missing a rent or mortgage repayment and 34 per cent facing financial difficulties. (The research was carried out in April 2020.)

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COVID-19 seriously affect the financial security of New Zealanders

The Commission for Financial Capability surveyed 3,085 people on how their personal and household finances were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They were asked about their income, payment of bills, borrowing, debt, savings and ability to pay for other essentials such as food. This questionnaire was designed the University of Bristol and distributed to eight countries. The New Zealand fieldwork took place between 14-28 April 2020.

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Covid-19 restrictions allows truck shops to operate

Truck shop operators can offer essential items at their usual high interest credit. This creates debts that can result in long term financial difficulties for their customers.

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COVID-19 restrictions creating high unemployment rates

Low-interest loan providers braced for surge in demand

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Predatory lenders should be banned for life.

At NTM we remember that in 2018, Budget Loans were fined $720,000 in the Auckland District Court on 125 charges.

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District Court judge said “… borrowers in particular… are entitled to be protected.”

Management banning orders have been issued against father-and-son from Budget Loans Limited.

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The Harm Done from High Cost Lending

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More needs to be done to curb payday lenders, written in the Dominion Post.

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