Bank con­cerns go to cap­i­tal

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Man­iototo’s con­cerns over the pro­posed clo­sure of Ran­furly’s only bank have gone straight to Welling­ton.

West­pac is propos­ing to close its Ran­furly branch, along with 18 others around the coun­try.

Waitaki MP Jac­qui Dean met with a West­pac rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Septem­ber 1 and said it was ‘‘pro­duc­tive’’.

The bank’s pro­posed clo­sure of its Ran­furly branch had up­set the Man­iototo com­mu­nity and she made a com­mit­ment to res­i­dents at a com­mu­nity meet­ing on Au­gust 19 that she would take their cause to West­pac se­nior management in per­son.

‘‘[Thurs­day’s] meet­ing in Welling­ton gave me the op­por­tu­nity to clearly out­line the se­ri­ous and le­git­i­mate con­cerns held by the wider com­mu­nity at this pro­posed clo­sure. I also took the op­por­tu­nity to present the many sub­mis­sions I have re­ceived from res­i­dents and busi­nesses through my elec­torate of­fice. The rep­re­sen­ta­tive that I spoke with lis­tened and took on board those con­cerns and ac­cepted the sub­mis­sions.

‘‘I can’t say what the out­come will be. Gov­ern­ment can’t force the bank to keep the branch open and we can only rely on moral per­sua­sion to make a dif­fer­ence. I can only hope that the bank will truly lis­ten to its cus­tomers and find a way to com­pro­mise so there is a ser­vice for this area.’’


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