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

Media Appearances

NZ Herald - Mortgages: Shopping around for better deals pays off

- NZ Bankers Association chief executive Kirk Hope said: “The Canstar report demonstrates the high level of competition … and the importance of consumers doing their research, and talking to their bank to ensure they get the best possible deal.”
Media Releases

MasterCard® first affiliate member of New Zealand Bankers’ Association

- MasterCard New Zealand today became the New Zealand Bankers’ Association’s first affiliate member. “We are delighted to welcome MasterCard as our first affiliate member,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association Chief Executive Kirk Hope. “Until recently our membership was limited to banks registered under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. The new affiliate membership... Read more »
Media Releases

Responsible Lending Code welcomed

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association today welcomed the government’s release of the Responsible Lending Code. The Code provides guidance on how responsible lenders should behave and supports consumer credit law reforms last year that aimed to crack down on loan sharks. “We support the Code because it will help target unscrupulous lenders and provide greater... Read more »
Media Releases

New Zealand Bankers’ Association welcomes Bank of China

- Bank of China (New Zealand) today joined the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, bringing the total number of the association’s member banks to 15. “We are pleased to welcome our first Chinese member bank. The arrival of Bank of China further enhances competition and diversity in our banking sector,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association Chief Executive... Read more »
Media Releases

Strong banks fuel economic growth – FIPS

- KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey for the 2014 financial year has found that New Zealand’s strong banking sector is fueling the country’s economic growth. “The strength of our banks supports the New Zealand economy by funding the needs of households and businesses. This is particularly important in the current context of economic uncertainty in other... Read more »

Profitability underpins economic growth

- Published in KPMG’s Financial Institutions Performance Survey 2014 – 25 February 2015 Bank profits routinely attract attention in New Zealand. The numbers are not inconsiderable with an industry total of around $4.8 billion in 2014. Banks often face the question – are they making too much money? Some commentators argue that any profits made by... Read more »
Media Appearances

NZ Herald - Saver tactics worry watchdog

- “Many of us do enjoy being able to see all our accounts online at a glance, including our growing KiwiSaver balance. The performance of the banks’ funds is also a factor worth taking into account.”