Here you’ll find our media releases and opinions about banking in New Zealand, along with our media appearances.

Media Appearances

Radio NZ - Investors see impact of new loan rules

- Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope said retail banks were honouring pre-approvals to property investors made prior to 16 June, but all new applications were being approved on a case by case basis.
Media Appearances - Banks warn of loophole in Government plan to track foreign buyers

- “This…does not provide the outcome that the Government is seeking, which is to ensure that the person is fully identified and verified,” Hope wrote. The banking industry is pushing for real estate agents and lawyers who have the relationships with property buyers should meet the obligation to verify their identity.
Media Appearances

NZ Herald - Racial bias in mortgage lending exposed

- New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope said racial stereotyping was not in the banks’ or their customers interests especially within such a competitive part of the banking sector.
Media Releases

How to spot financial elder abuse

- As part of Elder Abuse Awareness Week the New Zealand Bankers’ Association is encouraging people to look out for financial elder abuse. “Financial elder abuse is about the illegal or improper use of older people’s money, property and other assets. It’s particularly nasty because it preys on people’s trust, and often exploits family and other... Read more »
Media Releases

Supporting New Zealand’s farmers

- Farmers facing tough times are being encouraged to talk to their bank early and often in an information resource launched today by the New Zealand Bankers’ Association at Fieldays. “We all know that the agri sector is hugely important to our economy. We also understand the volatility and complexity of the sector,” said New Zealand... Read more »
Media Appearances - Budget 2015: Business leaders react

- Bankers Association boss Kirk Hope said removing the kickstart was understandable from a cost perspective, but he called on the Government to commit to beefing up rules around enrolment.