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

Media Releases

Good public purse management keeps cost of credit down

- Prudent management of the public purse is essential to keeping down the cost of credit said the New Zealand Bankers’ Association today in response to Budget 2012. The Association supported moves to ensure borrowing costs for the government, householders and business owners do not increase unnecessarily. Initiatives that kept the NZ dollar at a realistic... Read more »
Media Releases

Flipside of interest rate cuts

- Recent cuts in fixed interest rates highlight the level of intense competition in the New Zealand banking sector. This is good news for borrowers, but will impact on returns for bank depositors. Interest rates are at historically low levels. This is due to a drop in wholesale interest rates as a result of ongoing uncertainty... Read more »
Media Appearances - Reserve Bank needs to promote banking competition after big 4 made more profit in 4yrs after crisis than before it, Green Party says

- New Zealand Bankers Association CEO Kirk Hope told that there was a high level of competition between New Zealand banks. Banks in New Zealand also contributed around NZ$6 billion to the economy each year via their own operating expenses – mostly wages to over 25,000 employees – and taxes paid in New Zealand.
Media Appearances - US taxman’s long arm threatens costly Kiwi headaches

- New Zealand financial institutions are fighting a United States tax that threatens to saddle them with millions of dollars in regulation costs and could end up costing Kiwi consumers. Outright opposition was not an option because non-compliant institutions would be slapped with hefty withholding penalties. It was “a very likely outcome” that those increased regulatory costs... Read more »
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Survey finds NZ banks well placed for challenges ahead

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today welcomed KPMG’s annual Financial Institutions Performance Survey (FIPS). In its 25th year, the 2011 survey shows New Zealand has a strong, stable and highly competitive banking sector that continues to serve New Zealand businesses and consumers very well in a globally uncertain environment. “Our banks are well placed to... Read more »
Media Appearances - Loan shark regulators must be visible

- Loan shark regulators should open shops in at-risk areas to deter dodgy lending and give borrowers easier access to official help, says a banking leader. Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope said opening a shopfront would help regulators enforce the rules against predatory lenders in areas where they were concentrated.