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This is a money proverb you’ll want to remember.

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This is a money proverb you’ll want to remember.

This is your reminder to take a moment to appreciate philosophy!


Make money, by all means, but remember this;

Only after the last tree has been cut down;

Only after the last river has been poisoned;

Only after the last fish has been caught;

Only then will you find

That money cannot be eaten.


An old Native American philosophy that we all should live by.

This insightful philosophy carries a strong message that encourages us to consider the consequences of our actions in the pursuit of financial gain. It’s worth remembering that money isn’t the be all and end all of life. This imagery of the last tree, river, and fish speaks to the irreversible damage that can occur if we prioritise profit without regard for our own, or our environment’s health.

In our world where consumption and economic growth often take precedence, this ancient Native American wisdom serves as a reminder that our material pursuits should be balanced with an understanding of nature and life, together with an appreciation for a quality life and happiness. While money is undoubtedly essential, it’s not the sole determinant of a happy, fulfilling or even a successful life.

Mike Bennett

In 1985, after 7 years in the banking industry in NZ & London, Mike Bennett joined the Life Insurance Industry as an adviser. In 2001 he started “Acorn Insurance & Investment Ltd” with the key principle; “to satisfy the insurance and investment needs of New Zealanders with the best products and service possible”. To achieve the guiding principle of “best products and service” the “Acorn” uses various industry research tools to identify the best products and prices to meet our client’s needs. Acorn has agencies with most of New Zealand’s major insurance companies which means we are free to use whichever products best meet our client’s needs. Believing that if we get it right for our clients we will achieve win-win solutions. We also recognise that nearly all insurance solutions are a compromise between the benefits you’d like to have versus the premiums you’re prepared to pay – with this in mind we WON’T be trying to sell you more insurance than you need or want !!

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