Frank, who used to own a handyman business in Auckland, gave away $30,000 worth of tools, fishing gear, a quad bike, clothes and household items.
They sold their house in Wairoa at a loss of $70,000 and cancelled the health insurance.
Frank began smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee after quitting during his first cancer diagnosis.
The couple went to Fiji for 10 days. They blew $30,000 on food, a five-star resort and fishing activities, expecting his life insurance to cover the costs.