Bank closures disappoint

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says she is disappointed that Westpac proceeded to close its Fairlie and Ranfurly branches today, but says she will be watching to ensure the community is not disadvantaged.

“I supported both of these communities as they fought against the closures, including a meeting in Wellington with ANZ bank officials, but at the end of the day Westpac made the decision to shut the doors. 

“I know that these closures will hit the communities hard. I’m particularly concerned for the elderly, who will struggle to come to terms with new banking technology.

“But businesses in these towns will also be affected as people travel to other locations to do their banking and then conduct their business out of the area as well.

“Westpac has made a commitment to support these communities as they transition to the changes – and I will certainly be keeping an eye on the situation to ensure that their promises are delivered.”