BNZ to operate from portacom
One of New Zealand's smallest banks has appeared in Takaka, right next door to BNZ on Commercial St.
The portacom has been set up on the old library site as a temporary bank for BNZ while it earthquake proofs its heritage building next door.
The portacom was last used at the Palms Mall in Christchurch, after the earthquakes.
New Takaka BNZ manager Francis King said staff were settling in and customers were generally understanding about the move.
"Everyone seems very happy and excited. Staff are finding it quite different with the lower ceilings. It's a new experience for everyone.
"Customers see it as a positive move to try and protect the heritage building."
The new building provides a base for all staff and will operate within normal banking hours.
It will offer the same services and security features of a "normal" store.
Strengthening of the old BNZ building will begin mid to late January and is estimated to take two to three months.
The upgrade came about after a review BNZ did of all its buildings to understand their resilience in a major earthquake.
The Takaka building did not meet current building standards.
BNZ and the landlord are working together to strengthen the building.
The Nelson Mail