National Bank New
About National Bank New Zealand:
The National Bank of New Zealand is part of
Bank Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the
Melbourne-based Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).
Founded in London in 1872, the aim of The National Bank was "to
extend to the colony of New Zealand the additional banking
accommodation which the rapid increase of the population and
remarkable development of the mineral, pastoral and agricultural
resources of the colony so urgently demand".
The National Bank first opened its doors in 1873 with branches in
Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Soon afterwards the new
bank took over the 13 branches of the then ailing Bank of Otago.
These were to provide a source of valuable farming contacts.
Throughout much of its history, The National Bank provided banking
service to mainly rural, personal and small business customers.
Growth was steady with the 100th branch opening in 1963.
During 1972 The National Bank extended its range of services to
A major ongoing commitment to farming was further confirmed in
1992, when The National Bank purchased the New Zealand farmers'
bank - the Rural Bank. And during 1998, The National Bank
purchased Countrywide Banking Corporation. The Bank's position in
both personal and business markets was strengthened significantly
when, on 13 September 1999, the two banks merged operating systems
and became one team.
In December 2003, the ANZ Banking Group purchased The National
Bank from Lloyds TSB.
Today The National Bank has all the benefits of belonging to a
major Australasian financial group, yet it remains very much
committed to assisting New Zealand and New Zealanders.
The National Bank's distinctive Black Horse logo had its
beginnings in London in 1677 when it was first adopted by Humphrey
Stockes, a goldsmith and 'keeper of the running cashes', an early
term for banker. When Lloyds Bank took over the site in 1884 it
became the symbol of Lloyds Bank and then The National Bank of New
Zealand in 1978, when Head Office transferred from London to New
National Bank New Zealand Website:
National Contact Information:
0800 18 18 18