Leeston loses ATM
Leeston residents who bank with Westpac will either need to use another bank’s ATM or travel after the Westpac ATM in the town was removed last week.
On Monday, April 9, the ATM was removed as part of a ‘‘regular review of our network’’, Westpac’s external relations senior manager Heather Shiels said.
‘‘Some of the reasons we are having to remove this one and some other ATMs include the age of the machine, security issues and declining use,’’ she said.
The nearest Westpac ATMs for Leeston residents were now in Rolleston or Lincoln. Rolleston also had a HelpStation; a branch of the bank which did not handle cash.
Shiels said the bank no longer charged customers for using the ATM of another bank from April 1, so they could use the two other ATMs in Leeston without incurring a fee.
BNZ external relations consultant Janine Ogier said they no longer charge fees for cardholders from other banks to use their ATMs either, including the one outside their High St branch in Leeston.
In February, Westpac closed it’s Lincoln branch, despite a union led petition gathering 1100 signatures in support of it remaining open.
At the time, Westpac said that it planned to retain a banking option for customers in those locations where possible, such as an ATM.
A spokeswoman for the Australian bank said the majority of staff would be transferred to other branches and that they were looking forward to ‘‘welcoming customers to our nearby branches ... or to one of our many ATMs’’.