So far, we’ve provided financial help to around 43,000 personal, home and business loan customers through repayment deferrals or adjustments covering lending of around $27 billion.
To help the most vulnerable in our communities, we donated a total of $2 million to Women’s refuge, Age Concern New Zealand and the Salvation Army’s food bank network, as well as the Red Cross and a series of local charities in the Pacific. A $1m sports grant system was also established to support more than 400 grassroots cricket and netball clubs and initiatives.
The donations were in addition to our $13 million annual contribution of local sponsorships and donations to sports, arts, cultural and community organisations and events.
While the Covid-19 crisis is far from over - and we all need to remain vigilant – New Zealand has made much better progress in fighting the virus than most countries.
While that’s encouraging there will be many challenges as the country emerges from the high level of response and starts to rebuild.