Lee­ston loses ATM

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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’’.

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