Wellington Scoop

Newtown’s last bank branch closing next week

ANZ Bank Newtown

Newtown is losing its last bank branch. Customers of ANZ Wellington South have had a letter saying their bank in Riddiford Street will be closing on 11 December.

Once there were three- but Newtown’s Westpac branch closed last year. The space is now occupied by a clothing shop.

The Newtown post office – which was also a KiwiBank branch – also closed last year. Its space is still empty.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding,” says the ANZ letter to its soon to be abandoned Newtown customers.

The regional retail manager tells them that their nearest branch will be in Kilbirnie – and that will be the address for the nearest ATM as well.

“We understand this may affect the way you do your banking, and we’re here to support you with this change.” But from 11 December, the bank won’t be open any longer in Newtown.

Customers will be encouraged to do their banking “when and where it suits them,” using online or phone banking, or the contact centre (which is New Zealand based and open seven days a week). But if it suited them to do their banking in Newtown, this will no longer be possible.

And the letter includes an apology: “We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause.”

News from Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
We have received notice that unfortunately the ANZ bank branch on Riddiford Street will be closing permanently on Hakihea/December 11th. The ATM will stay after the branch has closed. The closest branch from then on will be in Kilbirnie. Need help with online banking? Smart Newtown have a free helpdesk service any time during their opening hours if you want some pointers.


  1. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 28. November 2020, 13:51

    Not good. ANZ Kilbirnie has been closed for some time. Presumably it will reopen on 11 December. Even if it does, Kilbirnie is not Newtown. Meanwhile, record bank profits head across the Tasman.

  2. Kara, 30. November 2020, 11:11

    It is ridiculous that a busy suburb such as Newtown now has no face to face banking services. Not everyone has broadband or even a computer. Have the banks ever heard of the requirement not to discriminate against sectors of our society?

  3. Claire, 30. November 2020, 11:41

    Kara they are only interested in profit. I would argue that we have more people in Newtown needing a face to face service than Kilbirnie.
    For example people with English as a second language and the elderly. I thought they had promised not to do this.