Something About Mary
Qantas Media Award-winning columnist Mary Holm writes a Q&A personal finance column in the Weekend Herald, is interviewed on money issues every second Thursday on National Radio, and presents highly praised seminars (see Seminars page). She is a director of Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL), and frequently discusses personal finance in the media.
Mary is the author of six books, four of which have been on the NZ bestseller list. The most recent is “Rich Enough? A Laid-Back Guide For Every Kiwi” (published by HarperCollins in 2018). The others are “Get Rich Slow” and “Investing Made Simple” (both published by Penguin), and three books about KiwiSaver (published by Random House but now out of print). She has also written three booklets for the Reserve Bank, the most recent being “Upside, Downside – a guide to risk for savers and investors”.
She holds a BA in economic history (Victoria University of Wellington), MA in journalism (University of Michigan) and MBA in finance (University of Chicago, where she was taught by Nobel Laureate Merton Miller and graduated in the top 15%).
Earlier work includes: Founding director of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) from 2011 to 2019; director of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme for six years ending January 2016; part-time senior lecturer in Financial Literacy at the University of Auckland for five years ending 2013; and syndicated columnist in the Dominion Post, Christchurch Press, Waikato Times and Gisborne Herald for 16 years ending 2013.
She has also been a member of: the evaluation panel for KiwiSaver default providers in 2014, the External Advisory Group for Treasury’s Long-Term Fiscal Statement in 2013, the Savings Working Group in 2010–11, and the Capital Market Development Taskforce in 2009. She also helped to develop the Smart Investor and KiwiSaver Fund Finder tools on sorted.org.nz. She has been business editor of the Auckland Sun and Auckland Star, and has covered personal finance for the NZ Listener, Australian Financial Review and Chicago Tribune.
She enjoys movies and plays, walking in wild places, swimming, and meeting with friends.
The opinions Mary expresses in her writing and on this website are in no way connected with Financial Services Complaints Ltd.