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Credit Unions Celebrate at Conference


Credit Unions Celebrate at their 44th Annual Conference

NEW PLYMOUTH, THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2006 - The New Zealand Association of Credit Unions proudly celebrates its 44th Annual Conference in New Plymouth. Over 200 delegates are attending the event, which features a host of impressive speakers, social functions and the annual awards dinner.

Doug McLaren, Chief Executive of the Association says the theme of this year’s Conference, “Meet the Challenge” will be reflected in the line up of speakers who will inform and inspire the delegates.

“Hon. Lianne Dalziel, Minister of Commerce, will address our Member Credit Unions and many will be eager to hear what she has to say about the Review of Financial Products and Providers that will change the way the non-bank finance sector operates in New Zealand,” he says.

A special guest to the event is Pete Crear, CEO, World Council of Credit Unions Inc. (WOCCU). WOCCU represents 157 million people in 42,705 Credit Unions in 92 countries. Mr Crear has come from Wisconsin, USA to attend the Conference.

“The annual Conference is a chance for the busy Credit Unions across the country to come together and celebrate their success over the past year and to plan and prepare for the exciting changes ahead,” says Mr McLaren.

Peter Tennent, the Mayor of New Plymouth will open the Conference on Friday, 15 September, and Credit Union Taranaki has organised a special opening ceremony featuring a New Zealand celebrity from Taranaki.

New Zealand Association of Credit Unions

The Association was established in 1961 as the Credit Union League and later changed its name in 1989. It acts as the main trade association for Credit Unions in New Zealand and provides a range of products and services to its Member Credit Unions.

Its 39 Member Credit Unions operate in more than 95 locations nationwide serving over 173,800 New Zealanders. The Association is a member of the World Council of Credit Unions and an affiliate of the Credit Union Services Corporation of Australia Ltd. The New Zealand Association of Credit Unions is a registered financial cooperative and is not a registered bank.


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