BNZ and PostShop chosen for Auckland Council's services

The banking partners for the new supercity council and its council-controlled organisations have been announced.

Bank of New Zealand has won the contract to provide the Auckland Council with comprehensive transactional services and over-the counter services.

New Zealand Post PostShop network will also provide some over-the-counter bill payment services such as rates, water payments and dog registration.

The Auckland Transition Agency is charged with planning and managing the amalgamation of eight councils into a new Auckland Council from November 1.

Agency chairman Mark Ford says engaging a transactional banking services provider is an important component of the transition process.

A key objective of the move to the new council is faster and easier customer access, he says.

The move will ensure greater over-the-counter access to a range of council services through BNZ's and PostShop's networks.

"The public will have more choices and improved service when interacting through more efficient and effective delivery channels," Mr Ford said. "Being able to interact with the council at any BNZ or PostShop branch in the region, and indeed throughout the country, brings a whole new level of convenience and customer service for the new organisation."

The agency has previously said there will be more than 20 "service centres" throughout the Auckland region where the public will be able to interact with the new Auckland Council face to face.

Manukau Courier