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Credit Unions Celebrate “Building Tomorrow”

17 September 2004

Credit Unions Celebrate “Building Tomorrow” at their 43rd Annual Conference

NAPIER, Friday 17 September 2004 – The New Zealand Association of Credit Unions proudly celebrates it 43rd Annual Conference in Napier. With over 200 delegates attending the event, this “Building Tomorrow” Conference features a spectacular opening ceremony, a host of illustrious speakers, recognition awards and an art deco themed annual dinner, “Elegance After Dark”.

The opening ceremony arranged by Credit Union Baywide features the historical re-creation of events which made Napier what it is today and is certainly in keeping with our ‘Building Tomorrow’ theme”. Mayor of Napier, Barbara Arnott will officiate at the opening ceremony,” said Doug McLaren, Chief Executive of the Association.

“Hon. Dr Michael Cullen, Deputy Prime Minister will also address our Member Credit Unions and many of them will be eager to hear what he has to say about progress on reforms to the 22 year old Friendly Societies and Credit Unions Act 1982”.

The event will also feature well-known speakers such as the dynamic Mike Tamaki who will make a sensational entrance on his Harley, Rod Oram, Roanne Parker and Jim Hainey.

Seven Credit Union people will receive awards for their significant contribution to the Movement. However, only one will receive the highest honour of ‘Credit Union Person of the Year’. The most outstanding Credit Union will receive the other coveted award, “People Helping People Credit Union Award”. The winners of these awards will be announced at the annual dinner on Saturday 18 September 2004.

About the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions

The Association was established in 1961. It has 41 Member Credit Unions nationwide, representing more than 162,300 Credit Union Members, with total assets in excess of $473 million.

In addition to ACCESSCREDIT, ACCESSTXT and HOMEMINDER the Association provides a range of financial products and services such as the ACCESSCARD® the debit card with Maestro, ACCESSONLINE – internet banking; ACCESSTELLER® - phone banking; ACCESSACCOUNT - cheque facilities, direct debits, direct credits; Credit Union Home Loans and a range of insurance products. The Association and its member Credit Unions are registered financial services co-operatives operating under the Friendly Societies and Credit Unions Act 1982. We are not a registered bank.

ENDS

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