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Banks expand regional banking hubs trial

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association and the six participating banks have decided to expand the regional banking hubs trial until the end of 2023, opening four new model hubs and adapting the existing four. The Finance Minister launched NZBA’s regional banking hubs trial in November 2020, with hubs opened in Martinborough, Ōpunake, Stoke and Twizel.... Read more »
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Minister takes wrong option in CCCFA changes

- Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark took the wrong option presented to him in the review into the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act released today. “The Council of Financial Regulators report released today presented a range of better options than those chosen by the Minister,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger... Read more »
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KB Kookmin Bank joins New Zealand Bankers’ Association

- KB Kookmin Bank Auckland Branch today became a member of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, bringing the total number of member banks to 18. New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont says: “We are delighted to welcome Kookmin Bank to the Bankers’ Association. Joining NZBA shows the Korean bank’s commitment to New Zealand and... Read more »
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Lending rule tweaks won’t help most consumers

- Tweaks to new consumer lending rules released today won’t make much difference for most people seeking credit says the New Zealand Bankers’ Association. Changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act introduced last December had an immediate dampening impact on the availability of consumer credit. “The government’s rushed attempt to fix the problem hasn’t... Read more »
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Bank customers savvy with home loans and credit cards

- People generally have a good grasp of their banking products and services according to data insights released by the New Zealand Bankers’ Association today. “We were delighted to see people using home loans and credit cards to help get ahead financially,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “Around 44 per cent of... Read more »
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ASB to chair New Zealand Bankers’ Association

- ASB chief executive Vittoria Shortt has been elected chair of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association and takes on the role today. BNZ chief executive Dan Huggins was elected deputy chair. The chair and deputy chair take on their respective roles for two years. Ms Shortt says the banking industry has supported Kiwis through an incredibly challenging... Read more »
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Partnership boosts banking access

- Financial mentors in small communities are helping people access banking services thanks to a partnership between FinCap and the New Zealand Bankers’ Association. A partnership agreement announced in March is now delivering for people living in places from Balclutha to Murupara through a Banking Collaboration Project funded in the first year of the partnership. Under... Read more »
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We all have a role to play in calling out economic harm

- If you see signs of economic harm among family and friends, it’s important to call it out. That’s a key message from the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, which is supporting the first Economic Harm Awareness Day in Aotearoa New Zealand organised by Good Shepherd NZ on Friday 26 November. Economic harm can affect anyone, regardless... Read more »
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“Changes to consumer lending and how it affects you” – information welcomed by financial mentors and lenders

- Changes to consumer lending law to help people avoid unaffordable debt mean it may take longer to get a loan from 1 December. Information to help consumers prepare for the changes has been welcomed by financial mentors and lenders. The changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 mean credit applications are likely... Read more »
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Calls to banks up 20% through lockdown

- The number of customers contacting their bank has increased 20% since New Zealand went into Covid alert level 4 lockdown on 17 August. “In the first week of lockdown banks saw little customer contact due to the Covid restrictions. Since then, calls have increased on average 20 per cent. We put the increase down mostly... Read more »