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

Media Releases

Supporting New Zealand’s farmers

- Farmers facing tough times are being encouraged to talk to their bank early and often in an information resource launched today by the New Zealand Bankers’ Association at Fieldays. “We all know that the agri sector is hugely important to our economy. We also understand the volatility and complexity of the sector,” said New Zealand... Read more »
Media Appearances - Budget 2015: Business leaders react

- Bankers Association boss Kirk Hope said removing the kickstart was understandable from a cost perspective, but he called on the Government to commit to beefing up rules around enrolment.
Media Releases

Budget 2015 continues responsible economic direction

- Budget 2015 continues the government’s responsible economic direction the New Zealand Bankers’ Association said today. “The Budget shows that the New Zealand economy remains on a sound track with a clear path to surplus forecast,” said New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope. “Despite lower than forecast tax revenue, meaning that a surplus will... Read more »
Media Releases

Don’t get phished, vished or smished

- The New Zealand Bankers’ Association is encouraging people to protect their personal information as Australasian Consumer Fraud Week kicks off today. “Fraudsters are always looking for new ways to scam us and steal our money. Scammers use a range of ways to trick people into handing over personal information, usually by phone or email. Once... Read more »
Media Appearances

NZ Herald - Loan restrictions will do little to cool housing market, says bank boss

- New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope said the new regulations would make borrowing more difficult for Auckland property investors. But they would have limited impact on prices. “The real issues driving housing affordability in Auckland are the lack of housing supply, and strong inward migration, not the availability of cheap credit.”
Media Appearances - Govt promotes success of new anti-money laundering laws on world stage, while those at the coalface fork out to meet standards

- Banks consider how vulnerable money remitters are based on whether they are registered, accept cash deposits frequently or deposits with a high value, process transfers to or from high risk jurisdictions, aggregate bulk payments and thus remove the transparency on their clients, have little or no upper limits on the value or frequency of transactions,... Read more »