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MasterCard® first affiliate member of New Zealand Bankers’ Association

- MasterCard New Zealand today became the New Zealand Bankers’ Association’s first affiliate member. “We are delighted to welcome MasterCard as our first affiliate member,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association Chief Executive Kirk Hope. “Until recently our membership was limited to banks registered under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. The new affiliate membership... Read more »
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Responsible Lending Code welcomed

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today welcomed the government’s release of the Responsible Lending Code. The Code provides guidance on how responsible lenders should behave and supports consumer credit law reforms last year that aimed to crack down on loan sharks. “We support the Code because it will help target unscrupulous lenders and provide greater... Read more »
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New Zealand Bankers’ Association welcomes Bank of China

- Bank of China (New Zealand) today joined the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, bringing the total number of the association’s member banks to 15. “We are pleased to welcome our first Chinese member bank. The arrival of Bank of China further enhances competition and diversity in our banking sector,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association Chief Executive... Read more »
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Strong banks fuel economic growth – FIPS

- KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey for the 2014 financial year has found that New Zealand’s strong banking sector is fueling the country’s economic growth. “The strength of our banks supports the New Zealand economy by funding the needs of households and businesses. This is particularly important in the current context of economic uncertainty in other... Read more »
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Guard your card and PIN over the holidays

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association is urging people to beware of card fraud over the holidays. “It’s that time of the year when people are getting into the festive spirit, doing their Christmas shopping and anticipating the New Year sales. At this busy time it pays to keep your guard up when using your bank... Read more »
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Protect yourself online this Christmas

- As part of International Fraud Awareness Week the New Zealand Bankers’ Association is urging consumers to stay safe online as we head into the festive season. “Now’s the time that people will be shopping for Christmas. If you’re shopping online there are some simple ways you can protect yourself from financial crime,” said New Zealand... Read more »
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Take the plunge and get your money fighting fit

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association is encouraging people to get their money fighting fit during Money Week which runs from 13 to 19 October. “Financial fitness is a lot like physical fitness. We know it’s good for us and can really improve our lives and how we feel, but sometimes it’s hard to take the... Read more »
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Banks help leaky unit owners access funding for repairs

- Banks have agreed a streamlined process to help homeowners in multi-unit complexes to access loans to pay for work needed to remedy leaky building issues, the New Zealand Bankers’ Association announced today. The banking industry found that standard funding practices for building developments were difficult to apply in the case of repairs to multi-unit complexes... Read more »
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Good management keeps banks strong

- Banks are managing their businesses well and that helps support New Zealand’s economic growth said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association in response to KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey for the quarter to June 2014. The report showed a normalised increase in bank profits of 6.2 per cent for the quarter. “Profitability is an important part... Read more »
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New Zealand ready for FATCA

- New Zealand is now ready to comply with US tax law that aims to reduce tax evasion by US persons who have financial accounts outside the United States said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association today. The third reading of the Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill today, in conjunction with an intergovernmental... Read more »