Dr Pushpa Wood is the Director of Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre, a financial education and research centre at Massey University. Dr Wood has a long history of adult and financial literacy advocacy. She was previously the Education Manager at the Commission for Financial Capability. She has worked across the school, tertiary, NGO and industry sectors to improve adult literacy and financial literacy, and was a member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s project advisory group reviewing financial literacy unit standards. Dr Wood has extensive experience in developing teaching and learning resources, training and development and stakeholder relationship. Her research interests include identifying trigger points that motivate people to change their financial behaviour, preparedness of women in planning their future and testing culturally appropriate evaluation tools.
Dr Wood also specialises in Hindi language and literature and her PhD thesis combined her Hindi language expertise with the religious dimensions of medieval India. Pushpa is passionate about developing capability at the grass root level and has developed training models for the indigenous communities. Pushpa is also regarded as a pioneer in starting an interfaith movement in New Zealand.