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

Media Appearances - Warnings to beware the credit card trap

- “Only 3 per cent of New Zealand credit card holders pay the minimum each month,” he said. “That’s compared to 13 to 14 per cent in the US and UK. More than half of New Zealanders who have credit cards pay off their balance in full each month, while only a third in the US... Read more »
Media Appearances

NBR - Bank of China granted NZ licence

- New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope says the association welcomes the Bank of China as the latest participant in the New Zealand banking industry.
Media Releases

Protect yourself online this Christmas

- As part of International Fraud Awareness Week the New Zealand Bankers’ Association is urging consumers to stay safe online as we head into the festive season. “Now’s the time that people will be shopping for Christmas. If you’re shopping online there are some simple ways you can protect yourself from financial crime,” said New Zealand... Read more »
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3 News - Government credited with improving bank profits

- Hope says the profits are result of the government’s “prudent fiscal management”, which has kept New Zealand’s economy strong. “It’s probably a preferable outcome to the opposite, which is what we’re seeing in Europe, where there is continued malaise, businesses are unable to get lending to help grow the economy and there are real problems.”

KiwiSaver: why it’s so popular

- Published in Stuff BusinessDay, November 4, 2014 In seven short years over 2.3 million New Zealanders have signed up and collectively saved around $20 billion. Love it or hate it, and most of us love it, you can’t deny that KiwiSaver has been a huge success in both getting savers on board and beginning to... Read more »

Fighting fraud together

- We all have an important role to play in protecting ourselves and our money from financial crime and banks stand by their promise to reimburse genuine victims of internet banking fraud.
Media Appearances - Auckland property owners warned

- Aucklanders feeling wealthier on the back of higher property valuations are being urged not to borrow more on what is essentially “paper wealth”. Kirk Hope, chief executive of the Bankers’ Association, said banks would be very discerning. “Just because a value increases doesn’t mean they will be able to borrow more,” he said.
Media Appearances

NZ Herald - Highs and lows of apartment life

- Chief executive Kirk Hope said: “Size is among a number of factors that banks may take into account when looking at lending on apartments. When lending on small apartments the bank needs to consider if it will get its money back in case of default. It may not where demand for very small residences is... Read more »