A year in review

Market update for the year ending 31 March 2019

The twelve-month period up until 31 March 2019 was an interesting time for investment markets. Overall it was a strong period, but there was a general increase in ups and downs – also known as market volatility, particularly in comparison to the year before. Here’s a look back at the year and what we could expect in the year ahead.

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IRD’s payroll changes are coming. Are you ready?

How New Zealand employers run their payroll is about to change in a big way. From 1 April 2019, businesses will be required to submit employee information to Inland Revenue on payday, rather than on the 20th of each month as they’ve previously been doing. This change is part of a bigger play by IRD, which is designed to make it easier for New Zealanders to stay on top of their tax obligations.

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Ups and downs in the market

By BNZ General Manager Wealth, Peter Forster

Many KiwiSaver investors may have seen their balances take a dip recently on the back of some sharp ups and downs (with more downs than ups) across global markets. But really, this type of market movement is what we expect to see. KiwiSaver is a long-term savings option which means weathering difficult periods is part of the design rather than a flaw. What’s important is for members to keep their goals and objectives in mind and to choose an appropriate fund to suit. Continue reading…

Preparing your farming business for the future

By BNZ Head of Agribusiness, Colin Mansbridge

The debate around Mycoplasma Bovis currently focusses on the efficacy of the eradication programme and whether the costs of the program will outweigh the benefits. Not long ago the dialogue was about the emotional stress of farmers watching their whole herds being slaughtered, some with generations of genetic improvement invested in them. Continue reading…

Second People’s Choice Award for BNZ KiwiSaver

By BNZ Head of Wealth & Private Bank, Donna Nicolof

KiwiSaver should be a key part of New Zealanders’ retirement planning. Because of how vital it is, we have put a huge emphasis on making sure the BNZ KiwiSaver Scheme is as good as it can be. This approach was recently given the tick by our customers with ConsumerNZ awarding us their People’s Choice Award for the second year running. Continue reading…

Edmund Hillary Fellowship: supporting world-changing ventures

by Evan Veza, BNZ’s Head of International Business Development

In a quiet valley in Upper Hutt, a select group of global entrepreneurs and investors have spent the past week together, connecting and sharing their plans to change the world.

Front and centre will be the second cohort to join the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) – a New Zealand-based programme that’s aiming to build a global community of people creating ventures with positive social and environmental impact. Continue reading…

Backing bold women: Scholarships announced

by BNZ CEO, Angie Mentis

International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to not simply talk about gender equality, but to act on it too.

This year is 125 years since New Zealand women got the right to vote. Given that fact, it is simply not acceptable that experts are estimating that gender parity another 186 years away. That’s six generations.

Today we have the chance to act. Forget the year 2186 for gender equity. Think 2020. That’s our commitment. BNZ will achieve gender equality across all levels of our organisation by 2020. Continue reading…

We have our 2018 Start-up Alley winners

By BNZ Head of Small Business, Harry Ferreira.

Six of the hottest names on the NZ start-up scene pitched their growth plans at BNZ Start-up Alley at the St. James Theatre in Wellington. The competition was tight, but together with fellow judges Derek Sivers, Anna Guenther, and Leah Culver I’m excited to announce that we have selected two winners this year. Continue reading…