TSB (New Zealand)

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Trustee bank
Founded28 September 1850
HeadquartersNew Plymouth, New Zealand
Key people
Donna Cooper, CEO
ProductsBanking and financial services

TSB Bank Ltd (originally known as the Taranaki Savings Bank) trading as TSB, is a New Zealand bank with headquarters in New Plymouth. It has 25 branches across the country but is heavily focused on the Taranaki region where 12 of its branches are located.

It provides retail banking and related financial services to individuals and companies. It was originally one of twelve trustee banks in New Zealand, but when nine banks decided to amalgamate as Trust Bank, TSB Bank stood aside and remained an independent institution and has since expanded its business across the country. The bank is owned by the TSB Community Trust which distributes the income its receives from the bank back into the New Zealand community.

In addition to banking TSB Bank Ltd operates TSB Realty, with three branches in Okato, Bell Block and New Plymouth.[1] TSB also operates TSB Foreign Exchange from 14 branches around the country.


The New Plymouth Savings Bank was established in 1850 and received its first deposit on the 28 September 1850 from Waitera te Karei with a deposit of £34. At the time the bank's accountant was paid an annual salary of ₤20, so the deposit was a considerable sum. Eight years later the bank fell under the auspices of the Savings Bank Act 1858 designed to regulate the savings bank market.

In 1921 a second branch was opened in Fitzroy, and a third in Waitara in 1946. In 1964 the first central Taranaki branch opened in Stratford, combined with a name change to Taranaki Savings Bank.

With the loosening of regulations on banking in the 1970s, the Bank's position was sufficiently sound for it to take maximum advantage of its new found freedom. In 1975, Taranaki Savings Bank was the first bank to offer free, interest-bearing cheque accounts and in 1981 the bank pioneered New Zealand's ATM Cashflow network with one ATM installed in each of the Hawera, Fitzroy, New Plymouth City and New Plymouth City Centre (now TSB Centre) branches.

In 1984 and again in 1986 the bank rejected the branding adopted by the other eleven trustee banks across New Zealand, and in 1988 when the trustee banks were corporatised under the Trustee Banks Restructuring Act 1988[2] the bank stood aside from the merger into a single Trust Bank, remaining (along with ASB Bank Ltd and Westland Bank) fiercely independent. The savings bank was vested as a limited liability company (under the name Taranaki Savings Bank Limited) on 9 September 1988, nine days after the other 13 trustee banks were vested in their successor companies.[3] In 1989 it did update its name, to TSB Bank Ltd.[4]

Old logo used until 2017

The Frankleigh Park branch was closed in 2012,[5] the Merrilands branch on 25 July 2014,[6] and the City branch in October 2014.[7] The City branch building was 83 years old but assessed to be an earthquake risk. This building was the bank's former headquarters and still bore the old name "New Plymouth Savings Bank".


TSB Bank sponsors a number of organisations and has naming rights to many of them. Some of these include:


Ownership of TSB Bank remains vested in the TSB Community Trust,[14] with all profits staying in New Zealand. The most recent dividend paid by the Bank to the Trust was more than $10million.[15]


  1. ^ "TSB Realty".
  2. ^ "Trustee Banks Restructuring Act 1988". Knowledge Basket.
  3. ^ "Trustee Banks Restructuring Act Repeal Act 1999". New Zealand Legislation. New Zealand Government. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Our Story". TSB Bank.
  5. ^ Anthony, John (21 August 2012). "Shift to Online Banking Spells End for Branch". Taranaki Daily News.
  6. ^ Strongman, Susan (20 June 2014). "Merrilands TSB Bank branch to close". Taranaki Daily News.
  7. ^ "TSB Bank's City branch to close". www.tsbbank.co.nz. TSB Bank. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Introducing the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre". City Scene. 29 March 2009. p. 1. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  9. ^ "TSB Bank Festival of Lights".
  10. ^ "Surf Festival". Archived from the original on 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ "New Plymouth Event Venues". New Plymouth District Council.
  12. ^ "TSB Showplace". New Plymouth District Council.
  13. ^ "TSB Bank Arena". Positively Wellington.
  14. ^ "TSB Trust".
  15. ^ "Annual Report 2009" (PDF). TSB Community Trust.

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