Kiwibank closure another blow to Naenae

News that Naenae will lose its KiwiBank branch is another blow to the local community, which recently also lost its local supermarket, Labour’s MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins says.

“These are essential services. In an area like Naenae, access to banking and affordable food is just so important.

“Some of the residents in Naenae are really struggling financially. Their troubles are only being made worse by the increasing need to travel further afield to meet basic needs like banking and supermarket shopping.

“It’s all very well for NZ Post to say banking services are available online. Many of their customers are elderly residents who aren’t comfortable doing their banking over the internet.

“KiwiBank markets itself as ‘ours’ and yet it is increasingly abandoning communities that were forgotten about long ago by the big Aussie banks.

“This is a short-sighted, heartless decision. The residents of Naenae deserve better,” Chris Hipkins says.

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