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Kiwibank still a dog

David Carter National Finance Spokesperson

11 March 2002

Kiwibank still a dog

"Attempts by NZ Post to entice potential franchisees by paying to install a Kiwibank branch in their existing operations doesn't hide the fact that it is still a dog," says National's finance spokesman David Carter.

Mr Carter says NZ Post's $2 million-plus bribe - using taxpayers' money - misses the point of the franchisees original reasons for not signing up to run a Kiwibank branch.

"They are refusing to sign up because the transaction fees NZ Post is willing to pay is not enough to make a Kiwibank franchise a worthwhile business operation.

"NZ Post's efforts to sweeten-up franchisees by spending $2.125 million of taxpayers' money fitting out their existing businesses to incorporate a bank proves just how desperate they are to show progress on the already stalled roll out.

"No matter how they dress it up, the fact remains that, Kiwibank is a commercial dog."

Mr Carter says, like many franchisees, New Zealanders are not fooled about the real reason for Kiwibank's existence.

"It is nothing more than a sop to Jim Anderton for his support of Labour Party policies.

"But Jim Anderton, Helen Clark or Michael Cullen will not have to pay for this political expediency, it will - yet again - be the poor old taxpayer," Mr Carter concluded.


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