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

Media Releases

Westpac to chair New Zealand Bankers’ Association

- Westpac chief executive David McLean has been elected chair of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association for 2017/18 and took on the role on 1 April. Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock was elected deputy chair. David McLean says it’s a privilege to be elected chair and he is confident NZBA will continue to promote outcomes that... Read more »
Media Appearances - FMA criticised for compromising quality by trying to increase the quantity of KiwiSaver advice on offer

- NZBA submits that the Guidance Note should retain its current level of flexibility in recognition of the fact that sales conversations can evolve differently. NZBA would not like to see further prescriptive steps or ‘checklists’ added as a result of consultation, which will not necessarily further the objective of providing simple or better advice to... Read more »
Media Appearances

NZ Herald - RBNZ announce review of bank capital requirements

- The review will cover the definition of capital, the measurement of risks that the banks face and the minimum capital requirements and buffer,” said Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Grant Spencer in a speech to the New Zealand Bankers’ Association in Auckland.
Media Releases

Strong banking sector highly competitive – FIPS

- KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey for the 2016 financial year has found that the strength of the New Zealand banking sector continues to underpin its performance. “The strength of New Zealand’s banks continues to provide a solid platform for our economic growth. Our banks are well capitalised and regulated, and highly competitive. That means they’re... Read more »
Media Appearances

NBR - RBNZ to hold more talks over bank quarterly disclosure regime

- The banks, through their industry lobby the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, sought another round of consultation “to work out the detail of the disclosures required, in particular to ensure that the disclosures are comparable between banks with different structures, and to address any other issues that will likely arise.”