Western Union is great if:

  • you want to send a cash gift to loved ones overseas
  • you’re helping support family or friends living in another country
  • you run out of money while travelling
  • your wallet, cash or bank cards have been stolen and you need money urgently
  • you’re helping pay student fees.

The cost to send money internationally depends on how much you want to send and where you want to send it. Money can be sent as a ‘cash to cash money transfer’ where no bank accounts are required at either end or using ‘Direct to Bank’ where funds can be sent direct to a bank account. The person receiving the money isn’t charged any fees.

Visit your local Kiwibank to organise a Western Union transfer.

Please note: You should only send money to people you know and trust. If you’re sending money to someone you don’t know personally, you could be putting yourself at risk of fraud.

Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory and foreign exchange issue, required receive action(s), identification requirements, Agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. Additional restrictions may apply. See the terms and conditions of the Western Union site for details. Western Union and its Agents make money from currency exchange. Subject to applicable taxes, if any. Western Union is a registered trade mark.