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

Media Releases

Hub banks will not close regional branches for rest of 2021

- The six banks participating in the Regional Banking Hubs trial are renewing their commitment to not close regional branches until the end of the year, when the trial concludes. The September 2019 announcement of the hubs pilot included a voluntary commitment to not close regional branches for the period of the trial. The full commitment... Read more »
Media Appearances - As mortgage deferral scheme ends banks may offer still struggling borrowers a further temporary payment deferral, extend the term of the loan to reduce repayments, or move borrowers to interest-only repayments

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association says borrowers whose repayments were deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are still struggling, may get an additional temporary payment deferral, have the term of the loan extended to reduce repayments, or be moved to interest-only repayments for a period.
Media Releases

Loan repayment deferral scheme ends today

- The loan repayment deferral scheme introduced a year ago to help borrowers financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic ends today. The scheme allowed home and business loan repayments to be fully deferred temporarily. Deferrals were made possible by the Reserve Bank allowing these loans not to be viewed as in hardship. Credit reporting agencies also... Read more »
Media Releases

NZBA and FinCap ink $5 million new partnership

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association and FinCap have today announced a new partnership, with the banking industry contributing $5 million over five years to support the financial wellbeing of all New Zealanders. The collaboration agreement will provide funding for initiatives that will directly benefit the 200 services FinCap supports who provide financial advice to tens... Read more »