CentrePort-owned BNZ building, damaged in 2013 quake, appears extensively damaged
BNZ warned that as a result of damage to its main Wellington building, customers are likely to experience delays.
Engineers are unable to access the BNZ building on the Wellington waterfront which has sustained extensive damage.
Windows have been shattered, a sliding door has detached, a large hole can be seen in part of a ceiling panel and the cafeteria on the ground floor has been trashed.
The building was extensively damaged in the 2013 earthquake, which, luckily, happened on a Sunday afternoon when staff were not in the office.
A statement from building owners CentrePort did not specifically mention the BNZ building, but said the company "sustained damage to buildings and the port and also some liquefaction and differential settlement in places".
The bank said in a statement that it was still looking to assess the extent of the damage.
"There has been some visible damage to our Harbour Quays office and we are working with our landlord and the assessors to understand the extent of this," the bank said in a statement.
"While this happens, this office will be closed. A large part of our call centre operates from that office, so it's likely there will be a delay in answering calls today - we appreciate our customers' patience in advance."
BNZ said its branches in Wellington's CBD, Kilbirnie, Karori and Newtown would be shut because of the advice to avoid the CBD.
While branches in Taihape, Porirua, Hanmer Springs, Terrace End, Blenheim, Rangiora, Motueka, Picton and Kaikoura would be closed while the buildings were assessed.
"[Branches] may open throughout the day and we will post updates on www.bnz.co.nz and our Facebook and social media pages."