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Next steps for loan repayment deferrals

- Banks are offering options to customers financially affected by Covid-19. Customers may be eligible for a new loan deferral for up to six months or an extension to their current loan deferral. There are several options available to customers, depending on their circumstances. Options may include customers restarting their loan repayments, moving to interest-only repayments,... Read more »
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Banking becomes first living wage accredited industry

- Banking has become New Zealand’s first fully living wage accredited industry, leading to nearly 1800 employees and contractors moving onto the living wage and gaining greater economic independence for them and their families. As of today, all 17 members of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, and the association itself, have been fully accredited. “As one... Read more »
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Kiwibank to chair New Zealand Bankers’ Association

- Kiwibank chief executive Steve Jurkovich has been elected chair of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association and takes on the role today. This is the first time Kiwibank has chaired NZBA.   ASB chief executive Vittoria Shortt was elected deputy chair. The chair and deputy chair take on their respective roles for two years. New Zealand Bankers’... Read more »
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Banks commit to pay suppliers faster

- New Zealand’s banks are committing to paying suppliers of goods and services within two weeks. This initiative matches the government’s target for public sector agencies to pay 95% of invoices from New Zealand-based businesses within 10 working days. “The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic means that many small and medium-sized businesses now need good... Read more »
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Loan data correction

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association has discovered and corrected a reporting error in lending data published on its website. The error relates to data classification and resulted in some movement, both up and down, across the data categories. Of particular interest, banks have lent $5.9 billion in new loans to business since 26 March instead... Read more »
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Loan relief offered for small businesses

- New Zealand’s retail banks are offering a range of relief options to small business customers financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, including interest-only loan repayments or temporarily deferring all loan repayments in some cases. “There are many small businesses that are being severely impacted by Covid-19. Quite a few of them are sole traders. They... Read more »
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Mortgage deferrals will not affect customer credit ratings

- Anyone who has deferred their mortgage repayments for up to six months because they are financially impacted by Covid-19 will not have their credit rating affected as a result of the deferral, provided they were not in arrears before the pandemic. Banks have agreed this initiative with credit reporting agencies. New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief... Read more »
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Banks offer six month mortgage repayment deferrals

- New Zealand’s retail banks are offering to defer repayments for all residential mortgages for up to six months for customers financially affected by Covid-19. “We know that some customers are already being financially impacted by Covid-19 and have an immediate need. That’s why the banking industry as a whole is stepping up with this further... Read more »
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Banking services open during level 4 lockdown

- All key banking services will remain available to customers during the alert level 4 lockdown the New Zealand Bankers’ Association confirmed today. “During the lockdown banks will balance managing public health requirements with the need to keep essential banking services available,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “Cash will be available at... Read more »