Media

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

Media Releases

Banking industry profits in the middle of the pack

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today released long run bank profitability data which compares returns on equity for New Zealand banks against NZX listed companies. Independent analysis undertaken by Massey University showed that retail banks’ average return on equity over the last five years fell in the middle of the range compared to NZX listed... Read more »
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Banks support financial outlook

- The Reserve Bank’s latest Financial Stability Report issued today has confirmed that banks are supporting New Zealand’s financial outlook in the face of ongoing global economic challenges. “Well-regulated strong banks are part of New Zealand’s current success compared to other countries,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope. The report identified a number... Read more »
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Steps towards FATCA agreement applauded

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today applauded the government’s decision to seek an inter-governmental agreement between New Zealand and the United States which will help financial institutions comply with new US tax reporting requirements. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, also known as FATCA, is designed to ensure US citizens resident in other countries meet... Read more »
Media Appearances

NBR - Banks claw back profits

- Large profits in the banking sector  needed to be considered alongside the contribution banks made to the economy, Mr Hope says. “Last year banks contributed around $6 billion to our economy through the $4.5 billion they invest in running their businesses here, and the $1.3 billion they paid in tax.”
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Banks fit to face challenges

- KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey (FIPS) report for the quarter to 30 June 2012 confirms that New Zealand banks are well placed to meet ongoing challenges. Those challenges to the banking sector, and the wider New Zealand economy, include the continuing European debt crisis and a slowdown in the Australian economy, our largest trading partner.... Read more »
Media Appearances

NZ Herald - Banks slam FMA KiwiSaver selling advice

- The banking industry’s lobby group has slammed the investment regulator over its guidance on how KiwiSaver should be sold, saying it will be harder for consumers to get information on the retirement savings scheme.
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Regulator’s KiwiSaver guidance disadvantages consumers

- By rewriting the law, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is doing consumers a disservice says the New Zealand Bankers’ Association. Following the release of the FMA’s guidance note on the sale and distribution of KiwiSaver, Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope expressed serious concerns. “This is bad for consumers because it limits access to information... Read more »
Media Appearances

Newstalk ZB - Most Kiwis rate their bank highly – survey

- A survey by Consumer NZ shows the banking sector in New Zealand rates well above other service sectors. New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope says banks have lifted their game over the last five years, with an eight percent increase in customer satisfaction from 84 percent to 92 percent.