Stuff are doing something almost shockingly admirable and worthwhile with one of their blogs. Greer McDonald is writing about financial planning and literacy from the POV of a person swimming in debt.
I’m not sure why more business and finance journalists don’t write about consumer finance: if you go to the bookstores the shelves are groaning under the tomes about financial planning (the most popular are the worse than useless Rich Dad Poor Dad series, which dispense advice that will actively destroy your wealth) indicating high public interest in the subject. And there is plenty of research into optimum finance and investment choices for ordinary people (Marginal Revolution links to all the best papers: apparently we should never purchase extended warranties, buy expensive wine (quality encounters dramatically diminishing returns > $50) or invest in individual shares).
But most business journalists prefer to tell us which individual shares we should buy or write open letters to the Reserve Bank governor advising him on what to do with the OCR. Nice for Bollard (possibly) but not as relevant to the rest of us, esp for the younger readers Greer’s blog is clearly aimed at.