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Historic Timeline

We’ve been part of New Zealand for over 150 years.

1840s
1840 Treaty of Waitangi signed
1840s
1845 to 1866 The New Zealand Wars / Ngā pakanga o Aotearoa
1850s
1858 Te Wherwhero becomes first Maori King
1850s
1859 Darwin publishes 'Origin of the Species'
1860s
1861 Otago gold rush begins
1860s
1861 New Zealand's first telegraph line - Christchurch to Lyttelton
1860s
1861 Auckland: The bank's first office
BNZs 1861 Building fourth from left adjusted
Auck 1867 Bldg A reno
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1860s
1862 Building banks in Wellington
Wellington 1863 2 resized
Wellington 1863 taken 1878 2 resized
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1860s
1862 First gold shipment from Dunedin to London
1860s
1862 to 1992 London: Keep calm and carry on
London No 1 Queen Victoria St occupied 1876
London Closing the door for the last time SN 26
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1860s
1862 Bank of New Zealand acquires the account of the central Government from the Union Bank
1860s
1865 Rush to Hokitika
Hokitika built 1875 photo taken1903 resize
Hokitika premises built in 1866 resized
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1860s
1868 Coromandel gold rush begins
1860s
1869 New Zealand's first university is established
1870s
1872 Bank of New Zealand branch opened in Melbourne, Australia
1870s
1872 Telegraph communication links established between Auckland, Wellington and the Southern Provinces
1870s
1876 Telephone invented
1870s
1876 Bank of New Zealand branch opened in Levuka, Fiji absorbing Fiji Banking and Commercial Trading Company Ltd.
1870s
1877 Primary education system established in New Zealand
1870s
1879 to 1896 The Long Depression
1880s
1882 First shipment of frozen meat leaves for England
1880s
1886 Eruption of Mount Tarawera
1880s
1886 Oil discovered in Taranaki
1880s
1887 Reefton becomes first New Zealand town to have electricity
1880s
1887 Counterfeits
1913 Issue 3 10 pound forged note owned by Ian Birdling
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1880s
1888 Katherine Mansfield born
1890s
1890 Bank of New Zealand head office moves to London to 'broaden the management expertise and improve confidence'
1890s
1893 Women get the vote in New Zealand - a world first
1890s
1894 The New Zealand Government became a majority owner of the Bank of New Zealand after it nearly collapsed due to the Long Depression
1900s
1901 Queen Victoria dies
1900s
1904 The New Zealand Government becomes a shareholder in Bank of New Zealand
1900s
1907 New Zealand becomes a self-governing dominion
1910s
1914 to 1918 Keeping the doors open
Hamilton Staff 1917 women taken on during WWI
Auckland Staff April 1914
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1910s
1915 Gallipoli Campaign
1910s
1918 Influenza pandemic: the Juniors are in charge
henry john king staff card influenza
Dargaville premises built in 1913. Photo taken in 1921
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1910s
1918 Armistice signed in Europe
1920s
1923 War Memorial Plaques
A1552 Framed image of WWI memorial plaque with newspaper article
Memorial images
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1920s
1926 In it for the long term
Wellington premises built 1901 dated 30 June 1924
Advert 1961 General Information Booklet Cover
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1920s
1927 Television invented
1920s
1928 to 1935 The worst years of The Great Depression
1920s
1929 Murchison earthquake, 1929
Hokitika premises built in wood 1931
Westport premises 1919
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1930s
1931 Napier's 1931 Earthquake
Napier c1928 resized
Napier 1931 Feb 4thB telegram
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1930s
1931 First Bank motor vehicle purchased
1930s
1934 The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is established and we stop issuing our own bank notes
1930s
1936 Where there's a will: The W. H Hargreaves trust
W H Hargreaves Staff record
Waimate premises built in 1883 photo dated 1906
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1930s
1939 to 1945 New Zealand takes part in World War II
1930s
1939 to 1945 921 Bank of New Zealand Officers join the Forces during WWII. 54 are killed in action
1940s
1941 Pearl Harbour bombed
1940s
1943 To meet the needs of American servicemen, the Bank opens New Zealand's first mobile banking office in a caravan
1940s
1944 D-Day
1940s
1944 Bank of New Zealand opens New Zealand’s first personal loans department to grant loans to private individuals
1940s
1945 Finance Minister Walter Nash publicly announces that the Government intends to nationalise Bank of New Zealand, offering £7,933,000 in cash to 8,500 shareholders
1940s
1946 First electronic computer
1940s
1947 New Zealand becomes fully independant from Britain
1950s
1950 to 1953 Korean War
1950s
1951 The London Cup
London premises after the blitz of 10 May 1941
helensville london cup 1967 68 edited Copy
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1950s
1952 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Everest
1950s
1952 King George VI dies, Elizabeth crowned Queen
1950s
1954 Coat of Arms granted to Bank of New Zealand
1950s
1957 Sputnik launched by Russia
1950s
1958 PAYE introduced
1950s
1958 The Ladies Bank
Ladies Bank advert cropped
Ladies Bank internal sml
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1950s
1959 to 1988 Social times
Staff News 1959
Limbo
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1960s
1961 Bank of New Zealand celebrates its centenary
1960s
1962 First American in space
1960s
1963 John F. Kennedy assassinated
1960s
1964 The start of BNZ Savings
60s and 70s
Blenheim First Savings Account being opened CR
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1960s
1964 to 1965 Vietnamese War
1960s
1966 In the heart of Christchurch
Chch 1865 building street scene no date c1920
Chch prior to move to 1964 building
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1960s
1967 DC day, money making 'cents'
Mr Dollar
Wellington computer center
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1960s
1967 Decimal currency introduced
1960s
1967 They said it couldn't be done!
Wellington Computer Centre 1966 Encoding Section
Banking by computer BNZ leads the way
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1960s
1969 Neil Armstrong walks on the moon
1970s
1974 Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch
1970s
1974 A gold medal effort
Poster
Futuro Branch Image
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1970s
1978 Bank of New Zealand introduces VISA as a debit card to current accounts. In 1980 it becomes a credit card
1970s
1979 Cellular phones invented
1980s
1982 War in the Falkland Islands
1980s
1984 Deregulation of the New Zealand financial industry commences
1980s
1985 EFTPOS is first introduced to New Zealand through a pilot scheme with petrol stations
1980s
1986 Sailing Away
bnz challenge
Logan Russell RIANZ
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1980s
1987 Stock market crash devastates NZ economy
1980s
1989 Berlin Wall comes down
1980s
1989 Deteriorating asset quality and increasing provisions resulted in a loss of $634 million for Bank of New Zealand. This required a Government rescue package via cash issue
1990s
1990 to 1999 Bank of New Zealand Cricket Series
BNZ Cricket bails
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1990s
1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland
1990s
1990 A second rescue package is announced by the newly appointed National Government due to problems with the Australian Loans book. In a complex deal both the Government and Fay, Richwhite & Company provide the $720 million cash for the bailout.
1990s
1991 Gulf War
1990s
1992 Bank of New Zealand becomes part of the National Australia Group
1990s
1992 Bank of New Zealand opens its first call centre
1990s
1996 Bank of New Zealand enters into a joint partnership to form Loyalty New Zealand and manage the Fly Buys reward programme
1990s
1997 Britain turns Hong Kong over to China
1990s
1997 For the first time, Bank of New Zealand achieves more than $1 billion growth in home mortgage lending in one financial year
1990s
1997 Bank of New Zealand introduces Direct Banking – a ‘virtual branch’ which customers can access via phone or fax
1990s
1997 First female Prime Minister in NZ - Jenny Shipley
1990s
1997 Princess Diana dies in Paris car crash
1990s
1998 Google founded
1990s
1998 Bank of New Zealand Private Bank launched
1990s
1999 Bank of New Zealand launches BNZ Internet Banking, followed by online securities trading and FX dealing
1990s
1999 Helen Clark becomes the first elected female Prime Minister in NZ
2000s
2000 New Zealand banks are the first to open for business in the new millenium
2000s
2001 September 11 hijacking and the World Trade Centre tragedy
2000s
2001 BNZ Finance Limited amalgamates with Bank of New Zealand
2000s
2001 First 'Lord of the Rings' movie is released to global acclaim
2000s
2003 War in Iraq
2000s
2003 Internet banking for business customers is launched
2000s
2003 Bank of New Zealand Museum opens
2000s
2003 New Zealand population reaches four million
2000s
2004 Facebook launched
2000s
2005 Civil Unions come into effect in NZ
2000s
2006 Online statements, text alerts and extra security feature 'Netguard' for internet banking is introduced
2000s
2007 Global economic downturn
2000s
2007 In a major building programme BNZ co-designs and tenants three new buildings at Quay Park and 80 Queen Street in Auckland and Harbour Quays in Wellington
2000s
2008 BNZ joins the National Retailers Association
2000s
2008 Bank of New Zealand refreshes brand identity and changes name to BNZ
2000s
2008 Breaking traditional banking barries, BNZ introduces innovative ways for customer banking and money management. 'Branches' become 'stores' reflecting BNZ's customer-focused approach to retail banking.
2000s
2008 Barack Obama is elected President of the United States amid the US economic crisis
2000s
2009 BNZ becomes carbon neutral
2000s
2009 BNZ sponsorship of the Katherine Mansfield Awards celebrates 50 years
2010s
2010 7.1 earthquake rocks Canterbury
2010s
2010 Haiti earthquake kills 23,000
2010s
2011 Christchurch earthquake kills 185
2010s
2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee
2010s
2013 Same sex marriage legalised in NZ
2010s
2016 United Kingdom votes to leave the EU
2010s
2016 7.8 earthquake hits Kaikoura on 14 November
2010s
2016 BNZ Centre in Christchurch opened in December
2010s
2017 In partnership with PWC the 'John Waller Memorial Scholarship' is established at Canterbury University.