Taranaki Savings Bank

Taranaki Savings Bank

Infobox_Company
company_name = TSB Bank
company_
company_type = Trustee Bank
foundation = 28 September 1850
location = New Plymouth, New Zealand
products = Banking and financial services
homepage = [http://www.tsbbank.co.nz/ TSB Bank]

"TSB Bank redirects here. For the British bank formerly of the same name, see Lloyds TSB. For the Irish bank formerly of the same name, see Irish Life and Permanent"

TSB Bank is the only non-government 100% New Zealand-owned bank (as of 1996).

History

TSB Bank received its first deposit under the banner of the New Plymouth Savings Bank on the 28 September 1850 from Waitera te Karei. The deposited sum was 34 pounds. At the time the bank's accountant was paid an annual salary of 20 pounds, so the deposit was a considerable sum.

Branches were opened in Fitzroy and Waitara in 1921 and 1946 respectively, followed by the first branch outside the New Plymouth district, in Stratford in 1964, combined with a name change to Taranaki Savings Bank.

With the loosening of regulations on banking in the 1970s, the Bank's position was sufficiently sound for it to take maximum advantage of its newfound freedom. And when the industry was finally deregulated in the mid 1980s, TSB Bank was strong enough to stand aside from the amalgamation of the country's Trustee banks.

In 1975, TSB Bank was the first bank to offer free, interest-bearing cheque accounts and in 1981 they pioneered New Zealand's ATM or Automated teller machine Cashflow network.

Ownership

Ownership of TSB Bank remains vested in the TSB Community Trust, with all profits staying in New Zealand. The most recent dividend paid by the Bank to the Trust was more than $6million.

Customer Satisfaction

TSB Bank has consistently been rated the best bank for customer satisfaction. A recent university survey found that TSB Bank was a clear winner on a spread of key customer satisfaction points, including fees, with almost three-quarters of TSB Bank customers saying their bank fees and charges were low, this is compared with the survey average of 15 per cent, and customer loyalty, with almost 80 per cent saying they were "very unlikely" to switch banks, compared to the an average of 35 per cent.

Branches

There are fifteen full service TSB Bank branches throughout the Taranaki region. There are Service Centres in Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hastings, Palmerston North, Auckland (Queen Street), Takapuna, and a Home Loan Lounge in Christchurch.


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