Lucie Maraea Russell & Monique Ataahua Russell

As a chef Jason knows about the importance of preparation. "We know that making tiny sacrifices now should mean big benefits for the girls when they are older, helping them to study at university or polytech or get their first homes.

Lucie and Monique with dad, Jason Russell (Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Kati Huirapa)

Jason Russell and his partner Fiona are proud to have set up Whai Rawa accounts for their daughters Lucie and Monique and excited about the creation of Whai Rawa accounts gets the whānau thinking about future opportunities.

“It’s been super easy,” says Jason, “we have direct credits every payday from us to the girls’ accounts, and it’s also easy for extended family to deposit into their accounts which they often do on special occasions such as birthdays or Christmas.”

As a chef Jason knows about the importance of preparation. “We know that making tiny sacrifices now should mean big benefits for the girls when they are older, helping them to study at university or polytech or get their first homes. Of course the accounts earn a return but through the matched savings, distribution payments and payment of administration fees Ngāi Tahu is helping their accounts grow so much quicker.” We feel that it gives our girls a link to Ngāi Tahu. We think of it a bit like a buy-in, showing our faith in the future of the iwi. We like that it is with Whai Rawa rather than an Australian-owned bank!”