Call for Kiwis to accentuate the positive
4:00AM Friday Jul 31, 2009
By Tamsyn Parker

By tapping into the positive attributes associated with being a New Zealander could help Kiwis become better at managing their finances, an American research analyst says.

Robyn Dupuis, a policy analyst for the Washington State House of Representatives, has been in New Zealand for the past six months researching the effect of identity on the achievement of financial wellbeing in New Zealand.

She said the typical attributes Kiwis identify with, like being pioneering, practical and determined, as well as the "No 8 wire" mentality were characteristics commonly associated with good financial well-being.

But when it comes to how New Zealanders see themselves in terms of financial management, most think of negative stereotypes.

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