Celebrating three years of fair loans for our communities

BNZ’s Head of Community Finance, Frances Ronowicz, reflects on three years of providing affordable loans in a successful partnership with the government and not-for-profit organisations.

Elsie’s got $80 more a week in her family budget after receiving a Community Finance loan for home appliances. Les has independence in his retirement now that he could buy a reliable car with his loan funds. Aayla can get her kids to school and herself to university with the car she bought with her loan.

Our Community Finance initiative is three years old now and these New Zealanders are among hundreds who have benefitted from an affordable low or no interest loan, where the alternative could have led to an unsustainable debt situation. Continue reading…

Turning bad debts into good habits

Director of Retail and Marketing Paul Carter shares how BNZ’s Community Finance programme helps people be good with money so they can do great things with it. Not just through the low-interest loans, but also through the conversations held.

It’s Money Week and the official theme is “What does debt do for you?”.

This got me thinking about what debt has done for me and my family. Continue reading…

Ten years of KiwiSaver, where to from here?

Donna Nicolof, BNZ’s Head of Wealth and Private Bank, reflects on ten years of KiwiSaver and looks forward into the next decade, identifying a number of changes that could be implemented to generate even greater benefits.

It’s been ten years since the launch of KiwiSaver, which was introduced on 2 July 2007 to get New Zealanders into saving and better preparing for their retirement.

There’s certainly a lot to celebrate with this birthday. Continue reading…

Don’t miss out on the ‘free five hundy,’ KiwiSavers!

Get a head start now and be sure not to miss out on a ‘free five hundy’ next year. BNZ has this life hack sorted for you.

Did you know there’s an incentive put in place by Government that basically means you could receive up to $521.43 a year just for contributing to your KiwiSaver account? It’s called the KiwiSaver Member Tax Credit (MTC). Here’s the deal: Continue reading…

Financial support for new families

Whatever your financial situation happens to be, by the time your new family member arrives you can be sure there’ll be plenty of unexpected changes. But what do you do if you find your finances stretched too far? It might be time to look into some of the financial assistance options available, after all, there’s no point struggling along needlessly if financial support is available to help make ends meet. Here are some of the options that might be available to you depending on your circumstances. Continue reading…

Young Money: Dad was right

Mariah Clark is a 17 year old high school student from Palmerston North. She wrote this post as part of a task for the Massey University Business Boot Camp – BNZ was a Gold sponsor of the Boot Camp and hosted students at BNZ sites across Auckland to meet staff and gain insights into how the bank operates. Continue reading…

Five ways new parents can sort their finances

Most parents will tell you that you’re never really prepared for the massive life changes that go hand in hand with having a first baby, so the last thing you want to be worrying about is your finances. Of course, other than sleep, finances are one of the first things to take a hit as new parents find themselves learning to cope with reduced income and increased costs. This is the time to put a financial safety net in place. Even though sooner is better, it’s never too late to start — so here are five ways to get your finances ready for the arrival of your first baby. Continue reading…