Meet young Kiwi of the Year
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If Kendall Flutey had her way, no child would get to high school without becoming financially literate.
Tired of seeing people suffer because of poor financial education, Flutey turned her enterpernerial and tech skills towards solving the problem where she saw hope – with children.
The 28-year-old was named the University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year at the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards on Wednesday night.
The award honours Kiwis between the ages of 15-30 who are full of potential and striving to improve themselves and their communities. Previous winners include tech CEO David Cameron, refugee advocate Rez Gardi and golfer Lydia Ko.
Born and raised in Christchurch, Flutey is the CEO of Banqer, an online interactive financial education platform which teaches primary and intermediate students about concepts like debt, saving, taxation, investment and insurance.
The app is already used by more than 70,000 students in New Zealand and Australia with the goal to get all Kiwi classrooms using the programme.
Kiwibank is foundation partner of Newrsoom.co.nz and a proud supporter of Banqer.
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