October 2015 is a special month for two reasons. One: it’s about to be the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown went Back To The Future (hover boards are just around the corner, surely). Two: We’ve just opened our newest store, NorthWest, 15 minutes from Auckland’s CBD and North Shore respectively.
To mark this momentous occasion we’re going back to the future with a look at our commitment to the communities in North and West Auckland over the years.
The first BNZ to open in West Auckland was in New Lynn in 1927. This is now located on Great North Road after a long time on the corner of Todd and Totara Ave and a stint in 1946 operating from the sweet shop in the local Delta Cinema building. The Glen Eden BNZ operated out of the premises of a furniture manufacturer for a period of time.
In 1992, a newsletter from our Kumeu branch let customers know that “the new design of Bank of New Zealand’s Kumeu branch has been based on indepth research into what customers want in a bank and incorporates the very latest in retail banking developments from overseas.” The very latest!
BNZ’s Glen Eden branch (date unknown)
Long time BNZ client, Babich Wines, have been operating from their Henderson headquarters for almost 100 years, banking with us for almost as long. Managing Director Joe Babich ONZM reflects on changes in the area and the family’s long relationship with BNZ:
“I have clear memories of the area over the last 70 years and much has changed … Over time, urban sprawl has consumed the many orchards and vineyards, the roads are now paved and traffic congestion is common. The Henderson town centre has not only grown in size but has totally changed from the initial small single story shops adjacent to the railway station which predominantly serviced the rural community … In effect, Henderson has changed from being a rural centre to being a suburb of Auckland City …"
Babich Wines headquarters in the 1930s, and in 2006
As Joe has said, Auckland is changing and expanding. Westgate is at the heart of Auckland’s northwest region and has been identified as one of the city’s key metropolitan centres.
Auckland’s northwest development area
We have put a brand new BNZ store in the recently opened NorthWest Shopping Centre and it is our most advanced yet, integrating digital and physical experiences and environments.
The new store has dedicated areas for video conferencing where customers can dial in to speak ‘face to face’ with specialist banking advisors. There are iPads spread throughout the store for customers to use, free Wifi, a kids area and brand new self-service ATM machines.
We also have store concierges who are dedicated to helping you navigate the store – using the self-service technology; exploring our digital products; getting the most from your BNZ app; and finding what you need, quickly.
NorthWest concierges Shanise and Grace
If you’re out that way, go and take a look. There’s a game out front to test your speed when it comes to dragging and dropping icons around a screen. ‘Drag Race’ is a human sized version of our mobile app and Internet Banking functionality. We recommend taking your kids on and coming to the very fast realisation that they have evolved super fingers that allow them to do this faster than you ever will.