Work is underway on the fit-out of the former Farmers building in the centre of Hastings CBD (corner of Queen and Market Streets) which will be home to a new regional office and operations centre for Kiwibank. The office space will accommodate around 100 staff and will supplement the company’s key banking services that are currently located in Wellington and Auckland.

The 2,200 m2 building will undergo a $1.5 million refit that will create the office space required to maintain thee banks core services in the event that a major earthquake or other disaster should affect their operations in the main centres.

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule says “I am delighted that work is now underway to provide Kiwibank with their office in Hastings. Council staff have worked closely with Kiwibank and the property owner, HBM Ventures to make this move possible and I believe the business they will bring to Hastings will be a major boost to the city centre and the district.”

“The establishment of the business will not only provide a much needed boost to the job market in Hastings, but will bring further vibrancy to the CBD.”

For further information: Bruce Thompson, Communications Manager, Kiwibank (04) 460 6831