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NZCU South August newsletter

August 5th, 2011 -

Andrew Leys, CEO, NZCU South

Welcome to our first NZCU South monthly email newsletter. As a member-owned organisation, we are passionate about helping you succeed financially. We see that passion aligning greatly with the needs of South Island people today, whatever your financial goals and dreams.

Our Christchurch Hub Hornby Branch now sees fifteen NZCU South branches located in the South Island from Nelson to Invercargill.  With $116.2 million of assets and 24,000 members we are the second largest credit union organisation in New Zealand. We are a 100% New Zealand owned co-operative – owned by you our members.

The main difference between a credit union and a bank is, as a co-operative, we help you to make the most of what you earn rather than being driven by maximising profits for shareholders. Our aim is to make banking as easy as possible for you.

To further help you we are in the process of launching a home phone, broadband and cell phone package. We are also working with a power company to provide discounts for you. Contact your local branch if you are interested in these services and we will be in touch.

In July New Zealand credit unions launched a national advertising campaign emphasising the easy personal banking ethos of credit unions in comparison with banks being on customers backs.  Thank you to members who posted feedback on our Facebook page, you are in the draw to win a 42 inch screen television drawn 30 September 2011.

The Hornby and Richmond branches are the first in the South Island to be fitted out in the new and fresh colours adopted this month. All branches will adopt the new livery in due course.

We are committed to a bright future. Until next time – keep warm and safe.

Best wishes,

Andrew Leys


Members celebrate their TaxCheck refunds

 Claim your tax refund now and have more cash in your pocket. In July we saw many happy members receiving refunds. In July member refunds were over $200,000 in total so don’t miss out on your refund, contact us today.

With the price of petrol, food and day to day living costs these refunds are very welcome. A few of our members are enjoying refunds of over $5000.

This service will check to see if you have paid too much in taxes. If you are due a tax refund from a previous year we can organise a refund for you, making it hassle free. If you owe taxes, we won’t process the return and consequently it won’t cost you anything.

$$$ could be paid back to you… Don’t miss out. Call into your local NZCU South branch with photo identification and we will take care of the rest.

Hornby Branch Opening

Our new Hornby Branch is now officially open in Christchurch. The branch was blessed by Father Paolo Filoialii from St Bernadette’s Parish in Hornby and the ribbon was cut by Hon Margaret Austin CNZM, former MP for Yaldhurst.

We are committed to supporting you and your extended families through the heartache that some of you are facing in Christchurch. Earthquake grant information is available on our “latest news” page on our website. Our Palms Branch is scheduled to be reopened 8 September 2011.

(left to right) Bevan Killick (Chairman), Hon Margaret Austin, Andrew Leys (CEO) celebrating the Hub Hornby official opening.

NZCU South staff celebrating the Hub Hornby opening with Father Paolo Filoialii.


Fancy a $50.00 cash reward?

Introduce a family member or friend to NZCU South and you will receive a $50.00 cash reward if they deposit their main income into their new account. Ensure they let us know you introduced them to NZCU South.


CARMINDER Roadside Assistance now available

From 1 August 2011, for just $36 per year (that’s around 10 cents a day!) you can add Roadside Assistance to your CARMINDER policy and you’ll have the security of knowing your car is covered if you break-down 24/7, anywhere in New Zealand.

Roadside Assistance covers you for: 

  • Battery jumpstart or replacement
  • ‘Locked in key’ recovery or spare key delivery
  • Flat tyre – fitting the spare wheel
  • Emergency fuel delivery (petrol or diesel only)
  • Minor emergency repairs
  • Towing to the nearest repairer (up to $100)
  • Technical advice over the phone
  • Location/map assistance if you are lost

If you add Roadside Assistance to your policy before 30 November 2011, you will go into a monthly draw to get your entire year’s CARMINDER premium refunded! For more information contact your local branch.

Looking at refinancing or purchasing your new home?

 NZCU South is excited to be working with Sovereign to offer you Home Loans. Buying a home is a big step, whether it’s your first home, an investment property or a place to retire. Arranging a loan is an important part of the process, and one you’ll want to go as smoothly as possible. That’s why, when it comes to finding the best option for you and your family, it pays to get help from your Credit Union and save yourself the hassle. Contact us today and we will help you work out a solution that best suits your needs.

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