National Bank of New Zealand Ltd.

National Bank of New Zealand Ltd.

The National Bank of New Zealand (NBNZ) was one of New Zealand’s largest banks. It was founded in 1872 in London as an overseas bank and shared many directors with Lloyds Bank. The next year it established branches in Wellington, Aukland and Christchurch.

In 1919 Lloyds Bank acquired a small interest in NBNZ. This situation continued until 1966, when Lloyds Bank purchased NBNZ outright. In 1978 NBNZ moved its head office from London to Wellington.

In 2003 the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) purchased NBNZ from Lloyds TSB. In 2012 it was announced that the bank’s name would simply become ANZ.

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