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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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Banks support new housing remit for RBNZ

- Banks welcome today’s announcement that the Reserve Bank will consider the impact of its monetary and financial policy decisions on the housing market. “Banks support today’s announcement and are keen to be involved in discussions around how to tackle the current housing situation,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “There’s no single... Read more »
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Most deferred loans ‘back to normal’

- More than two thirds of consumer loans that had principal and interest repayments deferred due to the impact of Covid-19 were now ‘back to normal’ said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association today. At the same time, nearly 40% of consumer loans that had reduced repayments were now back on track. “As we near the end... Read more »
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Regional Banking Hubs to launch in November

- A trial of Regional Banking Hubs to test the demand for basic banking services in regional communities will begin in November. The trial, which includes ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Kiwibank, TSB and Westpac, will run in four regional centres: Twizel, Martinborough, Stoke and Opunake. Three of the sites will have community partners, who will host the... Read more »
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Guidelines to help banks serve customer needs launched

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today launched guidelines to help banks serve customer needs. “The guidelines are designed to help bank staff deliver good customer outcomes. They build on the banking industry’s work following the Bank Conduct and Culture Review in 2018. They also reflect the Financial Markets Authority’s expectation that banks will serve customer... Read more »
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Code of Banking Practice translations now available

- The Code of Banking Practice is now available in six other commonly used languages the New Zealand Bankers’ Association announced today. “We wanted to make the Code more widely available, and that includes to people who don’t speak English as their first language. That’s why we’ve translated the Code into te reo M­āori, Samoan, Tongan,... Read more »
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Banks welcome changes to business lending scheme

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today welcomed further changes to the government’s Business Finance Guarantee Scheme. “We think expanding the criteria should make it more relevant for businesses in need at this time,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “Changes that will help include extending the loan maximum from $500,000 to $5... Read more »
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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 »