Proud Plunket baby says thanks by giving back

BNZ’s Head of Corporate Affairs Mark Watts was a proud Plunket baby, and his parents were Plunket babies too. The chances are good that if you’re reading this article, you were also a Plunket baby.

BNZ has enjoyed a long relationship with Plunket, helping support this iconic Kiwi organisation grow New Zealanders as their principal sponsor. A team of BNZers also volunteered at Plunket during last year’s Closed for Good – New Zealand’s largest day of corporate volunteering. Mark Watts was one of them. Continue reading…

Five ways new parents can sort their finances

Most parents will tell you that you’re never really prepared for the massive life changes that go hand in hand with having a first baby, so the last thing you want to be worrying about is your finances. Of course, other than sleep, finances are one of the first things to take a hit as new parents find themselves learning to cope with reduced income and increased costs. This is the time to put a financial safety net in place. Even though sooner is better, it’s never too late to start — so here are five ways to get your finances ready for the arrival of your first baby. Continue reading…

Bringing up baby: Introducing the BNZ Baby Budget Calculator

Having a baby is one of the most exciting events in anyone’s life, but if it’s your first time on the baby bandwagon it can be hard to know what you’re in store for, moneywise.

Even if your child is past the newborn stage and heading towards Toddlerville, you’ll still want to be planning for the costs associated with having a growing family. Continue reading…