The GIFTS file format is not available in the new online interface.
Firstly, it would be assuring to know that the old interface will remain available at least until the GIFTS format is added to the new interface for downloading transactions.
Can such an assurance be given?
I have developed systems to import banking data in the GIFTS format - it will be a serious disruption if this is no longer available.
A big advantage of the GIFTS format is that it contains the account number so that the program importing the file can put it in the right place. With other banks I download data from, several accounts are in one file which speeds up downloading and processing considerably. Unfortunately, BNZ cannot create a file with several accounts in it - each one must be saved separately. Something for the develpment team to work on.
Sadly, the credit card data cannot be downloaded in the GIFTS format - only CSV which does not contain the account number (or a partial number if security is a concern). Another item for the development team to add to their list. My systems also import CSV files but it is more cumbersome due to the account number or account name not being present in the file.
Another request is that when downloading files, the system allocates a filename customised to the file being downloaded; with the account nickname and date rather than a generic filename as at present.
This is the case when downloading the PDF bank statements - a very good feature. If this could happen on CSV and GIFTS downloads it would be most welcome.
Well done though on making the effort to improve the offering to clients. If I can be of service to the develpment team in improving functionality and usability I would be most willing to oblige. Waiting for your call…