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Human Skin - created as an alternative to Animal Testing

Just because a company is tagged as a ‘nasty’ for animal testing, does not necessarily mean that they are doing bad in this area.  A number of the companies are actually involved in a lot of research and development into alternatives to animal testing, and are regularly only carrying out animal testing when required to pay for it to allow distribution of their products in China.One of the companies in our clients portfolio’s (through Capital New Perspective Fund and Booster Socially R...

February 8, 2024

What does the weather and natural hazards mean for your house insurance premiums?

Cyclones, Floods, Heatwaves, Fires, Droughts.  These are all the side effects of the global climate changes.  We have seen the first three in New Zealand during 2023, but we have also seen the other two in different years.The health hazards from the smoke from fires, and the destitution from droughts hit people all over the world, as do floods and temperatures for days in the range of 40° to 50°.But floods, cyclones and the rising sea levels (as more polar ice melts each year) may di...

February 7, 2024

Is your jewellery (and valuable art) insurance worthwhile?

As we get older and more wealthy, we tend to increase our spending in line with our higher income.  For some people this may include buying more expensive jewellery or items of art that are quite valuable.  While these give you pleasure, it is vital that you make sure that your house and contents insurance cover gives you the protection that you are anticipating.We personally use an insurance broker in this area (as it is quite technical and we aren’t knowledgeable in this field) to ...

February 7, 2024

Sexy investment or an investment scam?

Sexy Investment or Scam?We have recently been assisting one of our intelligent clients to extricate themselves from an investment that looked exciting but turned out to be a scam. (More on that below).But we thought this was a good opportunity to let you know that as part of our legal responsibilities, we have to monitor your withdrawals from your portfolio and from your KiwiSaver.  If we see unexpected withdrawals, we need to discuss them with you, as the law requires us to do this under o...

January 8, 2024

Scam warnings - again - but this is important

Nearly $200 million of New Zealanders money was lost to scams in the last year, with a huge rise in the number of investment scams (and these are just the ones that have been reported.)Since 2020 the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has received more than 1,300 complaints and issued 373 warnings about investment scams. At Moneyworks we monitor the investment warnings through the information that we receive from FMA, and discuss the new warnings at each of our business meetings. We want to ...

January 8, 2024

Using Humans as volunteers for testing instead of Animals

Testing products and drugs on animals has been the main method of testing efficacy and danger for many years (since 500BC in ancient Greece – starting with vivisection and developing into experimental surgical procedures and over the time to the more ubiquitous environment that we have today).However, using human volunteers for testing is an alternative (albeit with ethical issues). Animal experiments often don’t mimic how the human body and diseases respond to drugs, chemicals or treatment,...

January 8, 2024

Moneyworks Christmas and Holiday hours

Moneyworks Christmas and Holiday HoursMoneyworks will close up at 5pm on Wednesday 20th December 2023 and  be back in the office from 9am on Monday January 8th 2024.We hope you all have a sunny great break, sharing it with friends and family, driving safely and return to welcome in the New Year refreshed and with more Vitamin D (from some sun) in your body....

December 8, 2023

Couples who pool their money are more likely to stay together

Many of Moneyworks clients are part of a couple and we have a surprisingly low rate of relationship dissolution amongst our clients – or as it could be referred to ‘wealth division’.  We have talked about this often, and wonder if it is a chicken and egg situation.Does the fact that our clients openly discuss their financial situation on an annual (or more regular basis) lead to a happy relationship, or is it because there is a happy relationship that means that they are open to discu...

November 6, 2023

Do you have some unclaimed money - the amounts have increased

We have written before about unclaimed money, but there has been a recent law change, which has led to the amount of unclaimed money doubling to $400 million over the last three months.This is money that is left untouched by its owner in a bank account or trust, or unpaid wages and life insurance payouts.  Amounts less than $100 can be kept by the organisation that holds the funds or paid to charity.Banks used to have to hold the money for 25 years (what an administrative hassle), but that ...

November 1, 2023

Replacing Animal Testing with Cell Cultures and Organs on a Chip

One of the most exciting developments in replacing animal testing is what we refer to as ‘cell cultures’ or ‘organs on a chip’.These got a huge boost in the arm from the HELA cells (a fascinating story – read about it in this book, and thanks Trish for the introduction – “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, or watch the movie at Neon). HeLa cells (which were the very aggressive cervical cancer cells of Hen...

November 1, 2023

Computer simulations - Alternatives to Animal Testing - Crash Test Dummies vs Live Pigs

Computer simulations and roboticsDid you know that prior to the invention of mannequin crash test dummies in 1949 that live pigs (and human cadavers) were used in testing car crashes?  This is a great example of how computers and technologies can be used to replace Animal Testing – the mannequins have internal sensors and videos. Human Patient Simulators that breathe, bleed, convulse, talk and even ‘die’ have been shown to teach students physiology and pharmacology better than cu...

October 18, 2023

What if you win Powerball in Lotto?

You probably buy a lotto ticket every now and then like me, and then try and get your money's worth by dreaming about what you would do it you won it.With recent Powerball jackpots over $30 million (the one in August was $37 million), I never really fantasise about winning that much.  For some weird reason I think that if I fantasise about winning less then maybe it will happen . Ha.  Hasn't worked yet!But what if you do win something decent on Powerball, what should you do?There are q...

October 18, 2023

Why it is important that your fund managers carry out good quality research.

Each of the fund managers that Moneyworks recommends have different methods of choosing the investments that they select.  From top down, data driven, desk based research, to the total opposite where the fund manager focuses on the people in the company and understanding what they are doing, and how they will and do make decisions.Whatever their approach is, we are looking for fund managers that have a deep commitment to research and are adding value to their investors (apart from the small...

October 18, 2023

More overseas travel tips

After our previous blog, we had lots of great feedback, here are some more tips, in no particular order:RFID protectionThis is a security measure for your cards.  Now that your cards have pay-wave on them, a new scam is for people to use scanners when you are in a big crowded place to pick up the radio signals from the cards, and access your accounts.You can buy special wallets or money belts that will protect your cards, or wrap them in tin foil.  OR you can take the suggestion from a...

September 1, 2023

The 3 R's principles - Animal Testing

Three R’s – Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.Developed in 1959 these core principles are used in many testing organisations globally for more ethical and humane treatment of animals in animal testing and scientific research.  In many countries, these 3Rs are now explicit in legislation governing animal use.   In New Zealand, an ethics committee must take the 3Rs into account when considering proposals for research, testing or teaching -

September 1, 2023

Proposed changes to KiwiSaver in the National Party's election 2023 manifesto

KiwiSaver has been a huge success story in New Zealand since it's launch on the 1st July 2007. People have money set aside for their retirement, they have learned about investing in financial assets (as compared to the traditional residential investment property investment).With the billions of dollars invested in KiwiSaver, yes there are a number of fund managers who have a profitable business from operating KiwiSaver and there are now 38 schemes available (often with multiple funds that people...

September 1, 2023

What do we consider best practice in ethical investment advising

This seminar is an interview with Mindful Money in our capacity as a winner of the 2023 Ethical Financial Adviser of the year Award.The key focus of the session is what we consider to be best practice, and we have some pretty strong ideas on that.  Listen in for more information, but for our clients we will be sharing more at our Annual Review meeting in 2024.Find out more here

August 23, 2023

Collaborative Engagement in action - Stewart Investors

One of the things that we ask our Fund Managers about is what kind of collaborative engagement they are involved with.  The majority of the fund managers in our portfolios are involved in one to one engagement between the fund manager and the companies they do (or don't) invest in.But often collaborative engagement can achieve far bigger things.  There are formal networks around the world through UNPRI and climate change organisations that investors (fund managers) can get involved in ...

August 4, 2023

Travel Tips - Travel Cards and E-Sims

We are just about to head off to Europe on a long holiday, the first one since 2019 (this holiday is the one planned for May 2020) and it is amazing how much has changed in travel-land.  Thanks to Michelle for the idea for this blog post.Money and Travel CardsFour years ago we travelled with cash (converted to the local currency), credit cards and the (then exciting) Air NZ OneSmart Card.  Things worked well.  But fast forward four years and so much has changed.Covid created a wor...

August 4, 2023

How do researchers (and companies) conduct themselves when carrying out animal testing

Many people are concerned about animal testing of non-pharmaceutical products on animals and the impact (and associated cruelty) associated with that testing.According to PETA ( while some of the experimentation conducted on animals today is required by law, most of it isn’t. In fact, a number of countries have implemented bans on the testing of certain types of consumer goods on animals, such as the cosmetics-testing bans in the European Union, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway...

August 4, 2023

Winners - Best Ethical Financial Adviser Award 2023

The third Mindful Money Awards recognising leaders in the Ethical Investing world in New Zealand were held on Thursday June 29th. It was the first time that we had entered, and we were proud to be awarded the Best Ethical Financial Adviser of the Year along with our friends at Ethical Investing New Zealand.Many of your fund managers were also winners, highly commended and finalists, we have outlined the information below for you to share in our successes.For the second year, Carey was also ...

July 3, 2023

What to do if you are involved in a car accident (from the AA)

One of my clients told me that he prints out this information (attached in a document for you to use below) and gives it to his grand-children to put in the glovebox of their car in case they are involved in an accident.I thought that was a great idea, not only for grand-children, but for anyone - even our family members that are getting older.  So I am sharing the information below - and in the attachment below.  Hope it is usefulReady for the road?No matter how carefully you drive, s...

July 3, 2023

Free tool to keep your mind and body active

One of the annoying things about getting older is that your body doesn't want to be as flexible, supple and balanced as it used to be.  Your mind doesn't want to be left out of these changes either, and it can slow down too.Thanks to a suggestion from one of our clients, we thought we would introduce you to the FREE tool made available by ACC to anyone in New Zealand - Nymbl.It helps you with your balance and cognitive skills, by letting you choose fun games to play while giving you simple ...

July 3, 2023

Animal Cruelty ‘Nasties’ – how do we identify the companies?

Moneyworks uses the Mindful Money research database to calculate our clients’ exposures to nasties, so that our clients can understand what $ and % allocation they have in their portfolio, but also what kind of companies are associated with that ‘nasty’.Mindful Money are continually updating their categories and definitions and from July 2023, the category name has changed from Animal Welfare to Animal Cruelty.The core research input for Mindful Money’s analysis is the Sustainalytics res...

July 3, 2023

Warning from FMA about compare term deposit website scams

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) – Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko – is urging New Zealanders to exercise extreme caution when dealing with a phony interest rates comparison website. The FMA believes the website is harvesting users’ personal information for criminals to sell fake investments. The website “Compare Fixed Term Deposits (CFTD)” claims to offer consumers a way to compare all registered and regulated fixed income investments in New Zealand and find the highest ra...

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