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Protect the Savings of New Zealanders

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader

20 March 2013

Protect the Savings of New Zealanders

New Zealand First is calling for the introduction of a bank depositors’ guarantee scheme to protect the savings of blameless Kiwis during any financial crisis.

The policy would provide a government guarantee for deposits of up to $100,000 in New Zealand-owned banks.

The call comes as the Reserve Bank moves to adopt measures that would, under certain financial circumstances, allow it to take a portion of bank deposits from New Zealanders accounts.

A similar policy has caused public outrage and panic in Cyprus as that country works towards a Eurozone-endorsed bailout.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the possibility that a New Zealand financial crisis and subsequent bailout could hit the savings of innocent, hard-working mums and dads is not the Kiwi way.

“Why take money off innocent New Zealanders who have simply used a bank in which to store their hard-earned money?

“Essentially that would see innocent New Zealanders being financially penalised for something that wasn’t of their making.

“That sort of scenario is never acceptable in a court of law so why make it part of the Reserve Bank’s policy,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

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