ANZ Bank New Zealand

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ANZ New Zealand
Industry Finance and insurance
1835 – ANZ
2003 – ANZ National Bank
2012 – ANZ Bank New Zealand
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Key people
Mike Smith (Group CEO)
David Hisco (New Zealand CEO)
Products Checking Accounts
Stock Brokerage
Investment Bank
Asset-based Lending
Consumer Finance
Number of employees
Slogan We live in your world.

ANZ New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest financial services group and is a subsidiary of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited of Australia. ANZ New Zealand operated until 2012 under the legal entity ANZ National Bank Limited which was formed as part of the 2003 merger of ANZ and The National Bank of New Zealand. From late October 2012, the company was renamed ANZ Bank New Zealand as part of the merger of the ANZ and National Bank brands. ANZ New Zealand operates under a variety of different brands, such as ANZ, UDC Finance, EFTPOS New Zealand, Bonus Bonds and Direct Broking. It provides a number financial services, including banking services, asset finance, investments and payment solutions.

ANZ New Zealand is now the sole owner of ING New Zealand Limited which was part of ING, who provide investment advice for the investment and insurance products sold by ANZ and The National Bank. ING New Zealand Limited changed its name to OnePath Limited in November 2010.

On 26 September 2012, CEO David Hisco announced that the National Bank would be rebranded as ANZ by the end of October. The name of the company will change to ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited.[1] The technology of the two banks was brought together from 29 October 2012,[2] with customers being able to use branches branded ANZ or the National Bank from the same date.[3] Branches branded the National Bank will be changed to the ANZ branding before the bank's trademark license expires in 2014.[4]

ANZ building at 1 Victoria St in Wellington


Company Description
UDC Finance Limited Provides asset financing including financing for business vehicles and equipment.
EFTPOS New Zealand Limited (ENZ) Agent for the supply of EFTPOS terminals and transaction systems to retailers and other businesses. ENZ is one of two eftpos payments systems in New Zealand the other being Paymark Limited (formerly Electronic Transaction Services Limited) which is equally held by ANZ, ASB Bank, Westpac and the Bank of New Zealand.[5]
Direct Broking Limited A sharebroking firm ANZ purchased in 2006.


Entrance to ANZ Bank Tower on Lambton Quay, Wellington


  • 1840: Union Bank of Australia (UBA), a British bank with head office in London, agreed with the New Zealand Company to accompany settlers to New Zealand to provide them with banking services. UBA opened a branch in Petone, across the harbor from Wellington, where it transferred the branch shortly thereafter. Between 1840 and 1847 the Union Bank issued its own bank notes for circulation in New Zealand. These were initially issued under British law until 1844 when the New Zealand Governor signed an ordinance allowing the Bank to issue bank notes but required that these be a minimum of 1 pound and redeemable at demand for gold or silver.[6]
  • 1848: The Governor withdrew Union Bank's right to issue bank notes and transferred these rights to the Colonial Bank of Issue (CBI). UBA notes in circulation were withdrawn and replaced with CBI bank notes. UBA objected, and every day it took whatever CBI notes it had received that day to the CBI and demanded redemption in gold; when UBA's customers wanted to withdraw money, the bank paid them in gold rather than CBI notes. This policy, when combined with previous confusion related to the issue of NZ Government debt, and support from the local commercial community, resulted in the CBI ultimately being shut down.
  • 1848: UBA opened a branch in Auckland, and a small number of branches elsewhere in the country followed.
  • 1856: UBC resumed issuing bank notes in New Zealand under an act of the New Zealand Parliament. (The Paper Currency Act 1856)
  • 1864: Bank of Australasia, another London-based bank, opened branches in Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch.
  • 1951: UBA and the Bank of Australasia merged to become the Australia and New Zealand Bank.
  • 1968: ANZ Bank joins Databank Systems Limited consortium to provide joint data processing services.
  • 1970: ANZ Bank merged with a third London-based bank, the English, Scottish and Australian Bank, to form ANZ Banking Group.
  • 1976: ANZ moved its corporate headquarters to Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1979: An Act of Parliament permitted ANZ to incorporate its branches in New Zealand as ANZ Banking Group (New Zealand) Ltd. ANZ sold 25% of the shares to the public.
  • 1983: ANZ opened its New Zealand head office in Wellington.[7]
  • 1989: ANZ bought PostBank (the Post Office Savings Bank) from the New Zealand government in a privatization. Two years earlier the Government had separated the Post Office's banking business into a separate entity to prepare it for sale.
  • 2003: ANZ bought National Bank of New Zealand from Lloyds TSB.[8]
  • 2008: ANZ announces around 400 jobs are to be moved to Bangalore, India.
  • 2009: ANZ Group CEO Mike Smith announces the Group's "super regional strategy" where the Bank aims to not be "Kiwi" or "Australian" but a global bank.
  • 2010: Acquires the remainder of ING NZ, forming the OnePath brand.
  • 2010: David Hisco replaces outgoing Jenny Fag as CEO ANZ New Zealand.
  • 2012: National Bank rebranded ANZ, over a period of two years.
  • 2014: ANZ India gets Reserve Bank of India nod to open two branches in India [9]


ANZ has often been a finalist for the Roger Awards, which recognise "The Worst Transnational Corporation[s] operating in New Zealand" and are run by CAFCA and GATT Watchdog.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Banks to be rebranded ANZ". New Zealand Herald. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 4/10/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Important changes for ANZ customers". ANZ National Bank Limited. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  3. ^ "ANZ New Zealand - Facebook". ANZ New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  4. ^ "". NZ Herald. 
  5. ^ "PAYMARK LIMITED (438574)". New Zealand Companies Office. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  6. ^ Ken, Matthews (March 2003). "The legal history of money in New Zealand" (PDF). Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin. Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "ANZ Brand". ANZ National Bank. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Application by ANZ Banking Group New Zealand Limited for clearance of a proposed business acquisition" (PDF). New Zealand Commerce Commission. 13 August 2003. Retrieved 10 July 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "ANZ India Gets RBI Nod To Open Two Branches". Bloomberg TV India. 
  10. ^ The Roger Award

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