Kiwibank exists as a bank that genuinely helps Kiwis. This is what drew me to the bank 7 years ago, it was true then and it’s true now. Working with and supporting local businesses and playing a part in making a difference to the country I love are the things that get me going day in and day out. Being able to do that in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, and especially in the rapidly growing city of Tauranga is actually a genuine privilege.
In the current environment, businesses are faced with a number of challenges, uncertainty being one of them.
At a time like this having a bank and banker who is available to talk is a real comfort and I’m finding that just being accessible for even simple conversations goes a long way to providing confidence for moving ahead.
There’s real opportunities out there, and working alongside clients to make these a reality where possible can be a real positive experience.
New Zealand has a stable economy and a history of weathering global financial challenges well. Our central bank and government are doing what they can to minimise the economic impact for Kiwis, and the New Zealand public has responded responsibly to the lockdown.
Here at Kiwibank we’re playing our part too. We know small and medium businesses are the backbone of the New Zealand economy. We are seeing right now that Kiwis really are buying local, and that includes banking local.
We know in this current environment cashflow is an issue for many, so we have a resilience and recovery programme to support our customers.
Options available to our business banking customers are changing your loans temporarily to Interest Only, Temporary Overdraft Facilities, Loan Repayment Deferrals, and the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme. (Criteria does apply, and this is only open to current Kiwibank customers. If you bank elsewhere, you need to approach your own bank).
If you need assistance, we suggest you visit our website in the first instance or call your relationship manager.
Outside of work I have a real passion for sports of various types. Over the years I’ve represented New Zealand internationally in two different sporting codes, one of which I still hold both national and international records in. My competing days are behind me, although sometimes it’s awfully tempting to jump back in and see what happens!
Probably for the best, these days I direct my sporting energy into supporting my kids and building up others through coaching.
Over the last few years this has taken me to leading teams at both national and international levels. It seems I just can’t help myself and have thrown myself into coaching with the same enthusiasm that I did to my own sporting endeavours.