Josh Munro

“As well as the first home owner grant that we can get here in Australia, the bank was also able to factor in my Whai Rawa savings when we were going through the process of being approved for a mortgage. Just being able to access that money in New Zealand was really handy.”

Josh  (Ngāi te Ruahikihiki, Ngāti Hateatea) and Anna Munro have bought their first home in Melbourne, Australia.

And what has really helped them out, is being able to draw down on Josh’s Whai Rawa account, and add a sizable chunk to their mortgage deposit.

Josh says the Whai Rawa team was really friendly and helpful in guiding them through the process and the one-on-one assistance was great.

“As well as the first home owner grant that we can get here in Australia, the bank was also able to factor in my Whai Rawa savings when we were going through the process of being approved for a mortgage. Just being able to access that money in New Zealand was really handy.”

Josh says he had been chipping away over the years contributing $20 a week into his Whai Rawa account.

“My father got us into Whai Rawa really early on, I think way back when it started. He is pretty onto it like that,” says Josh.

The 32-year-old Civil Engineering graduate and Project Manager has been able to follow through on the whānau tradition – starting up Whai Rawa accounts for both their children,  Nico and Madison, with a view to helping to fund their tertiary education.

And right now, the young family are enjoying barbecues with family and friends in their new investment.