Cameron Bagrie

PHOTO: Economist Cameron Bagrie says that looking at cheaper regions may be the solution to buying a home. Photo credit: Newshub.

“I think housing affordability is a huge issue at present.

“My play on that is to look at cheaper regions which I think are playing catch-up to the expensive ones.”

Cameron Bagrie, economist at Bagrie Economics.

Money. It’s the driving factor behind many life choices, but is it the be-all and end-all?

‘Me and My Money’ is a weekly feature that investigates Kiwi attitudes towards money and what drives the choices they make.

Newshub spoke to economist Cameron Bagrie about helping kids understand money for future wellbeing, buying property in cheaper regions and jumping online to compare prices and find the best deals.

What’s an example of a goal that you’ve set for 2020?

I have a bee in my bonnet about improving kids’ money mojo (my kids’ phrase for financial literacy). 

I’m on the board of Life Education NZ which is a charity that educates and empowers children to make healthy choices. 

Money skills [are] an essential life skill and we’re launching some stuff this year.