NZCU News

NZCU Employees Helping Hand

Having spent much of his working life across the globe in Australia, NZ where he studied, and the UK, NZCU Employees board member Sam Maw gained an interest in how credit unions were run.

“I worked for Shell Oil International with global roles based in London before coming back to work in New Zealand for Fletchers (now WSP Opus),” he recalls.

“It was through Fletchers that I heard about its credit union for employees. I’d had never been involved and didn’t know much about them.

“But I liked how they strived to serve their membership, especially as those members are shareholders.

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Ways to Bank – A Reminder

With our new banking system going live soon here’s a reminder of the different ways you can bank with us at NZCU Employees. 

We want our members to be able to access their funds and accounts in whatever way is most convenient for them whether it’s via the internet or in person- have a look to see what way is best for you.

Also keep in mind to to push CHEQUE instead of SAVINGS when using the ATM and EFTPOS and Cash Account will be called Everyday Account. While you won’t notice too much change in its look, the new system will make your online banking experience faster and more reliable.

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New Banking System – Push CHEQUE

Remember to push CHEQUE instead of SAVINGS when using the ATM and EFTPOS when our new banking system goes live in February.

While you won’t notice too much change in its look, the new system will make your online banking experience faster and more reliable.

The better, faster, more reliable banking system is coming.

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Saving Siblings

Having been with NZCU Employees for 20 years, Auckland-born and raised Cook Island brothers Robert and Ronald George know a thing or two about saving. Sharing a joint Christmas Saver Account, which always yields excellent results at the end of the year, the two keep each other in check, both in savings and good presents.

 The siblings initially started saving with a syndicate.

“There was actually a few of us who all saved together,” recalls younger brother Ronald.

“But slowly, some started doing their own thing until it was just the two of us.”

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Notice To Members

The proposed unification of NZCU South, NZCU Central, NZCU Steelsands, Aotearoa Credit Union and NZCU Baywide under one brand was announced on 18th December 2018 and will create New Zealand’s biggest credit union with $600 million in assets, about 75,000 member-owners and nearly 300 staff.

Credit Unions have been an important part of the financial services sector in New Zealand for more than 50 years and are the original person-to-person financial service providers.

Given our current stability and strategic focus, the board  have opted to remain independent, which gives the benefit that the staff of NZCU Employees can offer the personal service that each of our member deserve.

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Our normal office hours are Monday – Friday (9 am – 4 pm). During the 2018-2019 holiday period we will be running a reduced service, with normal operating hours from 3 January 2019. Our holiday office hours during the Christmas / New Year period are as follows:

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Back to School? NZCU Employees Have Got Your Back

Are your finances feeling stretched after an expensive Christmas and now the costs of back to school expenses are piling up? Maybe we can help you to cover the costs of this expensive time of year.

Back to school expenses like stationery, equipment, uniforms, school fees and activities can mount up fast, and it can be difficult and stressful trying to cover these expenses at the start of the year.

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Savvy saving – download tips in Samoan and Tongan too

Saving is an important part of living financially free, whether it’s to prepare for unexpected events, to fund extras like holidays, or to save for your future such as your retirement. While we’re here to help you save, there are other ways in life where you can kick the spending and start saving for a stronger financial future. Check out these savvy savings tips to make your money go further. 

There are three main reasons for saving:

  • For the unexpected – ensuring you’ve got money aside for emergencies such as a loss of income, a family bereavement or vehicle expenses
  • For the extras in life – to fund holidays, family gatherings, a new vehicle or a laptop
  • For your future – to help you in retirement when you’ve stopped working and you’re no longer earning regular income

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Change will do you good

Sione and his wife Jane decided they wanted to go on a holiday to the islands. 

So they started a family challenge to see how much money it took to fill one container. They got to $200 … then just kept going.

Any coins and $5 notes left over at the end of the day were saved.

Within eight months the couple had saved enough for her them to go on holiday, which included costs for flights, accommodation and some spending money.

 

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2018 AGM Highlights

The NZCU Employees Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 2nd November 2018 which saw members and stakeholders come together to hear reports from the chair, management and have their say as well as vote on important matters for the credit union.  

General Manager of NZCU Employees Kona Hatalafale says it was yet another successful AGM.

“It’s always good to see our members being involved and engaged. And it was a good way to celebrate the year that we’ve had.”

See some highlights and the beautiful faces of some of our staff, members and the board in our image gallery of this year’s AGM.

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