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Christmas Day – it’s the same
time every year, yet somehow it’s
the one day that creeps up on us.
Suddenly shop windows are full
of tinsel, the shopping malls are
chock-a -block and you can almost
taste the pavlova.
At Christmas we shop, travel,
eat and play and it’s easy to get
caught up in festive cheer and
have your financial plans derailed
as a result. Even though you
may have managed your money
successfully throughout the year,
rational decision-making can go
out the window as emotions take
over at the mere glimpse of a
As we enter the Christmas
countdown, enjoying the hype is
part of the fun, but can you find
ways to celebrate that don’t pack
a big financial punch?
If you’ve got a large family
you might want to think about
introducing a secret Santa
present system, where each adult
gives and receives one present.
This may keep costs down and
minimise the pressure that
surrounds gift giving.
As Kiwis we like to muck in, and
what better time to do it than at
Christmas? If you’re hosting the
Christmas meal this year share
the load with others and ask
family members to contribute.
You can have a fun, stress-free
holiday with family and friends
without becoming the Christmas
Grinch or losing all your financial
control in the shops. It’s about
considering what makes a great
Christmas for you and your
family – whether it’s about the
people you spend the day with,
maintaining traditions or doing
something completely new.
When you recall your favourite
Christmases, it’s more likely to
be the people you were with than
the expensive gourmet ham or
extravagant gifts you were given.
Focus on how you can recreate
those experiences and you might
find this Christmas can be less
about the money and more about
the fun times.
• David Kneebone is executive
director of the Commission for
Financial literacy and Retirement
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Te Anau 9640
Long-time Te Anau identity Snow
Williams has moved home again
and he’s done it in style.
Mr Williams took a helicopter
flight from Burleigh Rest Home in
Winton, where he’s been resident
for the past couple of years, to
his new home at the Strathallan
Life Care Village in Timaru where
he’ll be close to his brother and
extended family members.
Burleigh residents and staff waved
him off and during the flight he
even touched down at Tekapo to
pick up some fresh salmon.
Despite the move he’s still very
keen to keep up with those in his
home town and will continue to
receive the Fiordland Advocate
This photo was sent in by the team
at Burleigh Rest Home.
AND THE WINNER IS...
The winner of our competition to receive a double pass to see the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s
performance of “Tall Tales & Tangos” live in Te Anau next year is Philip Denny, of Te Anau.
Congratulations and thanks to all who entered.
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