Forced end to cheques a worry for some Coromandel seniors
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Posted May 17, 2019
Media Release: Hon Scott Simpson MP
Kiwibank’s decision to go ‘cheque-free’ in nine months will pose problems for many Coromandel seniors says MP for Coromandel Scott Simpson.
“This decision will impact on those people who still use cheques or find them more convenient than online banking.
“It’s true most people don’t use cheques these days but in an area like the Coromandel there are still a surprisingly large number who do.
“I’m always amazed how many mostly seniors tell me they don’t use computers, don’t have the internet and don’t use smart phones. What’s more they are usually very adamant they don’t want to make change.
“At the last election, Coromandel had the largest number of plus 65 year old voters enrolled of any electorate in New Zealand so the impact on people here will be greater than in other parts of the country.
“I would have preferred Kiwibank just let those who wanted to keep using cheques do so even if they had to pay a higher fee.
“Not everybody has or wants access to internet banking. In some parts of the Coromandel there is no reliable internet coverage, so it’s not much use Kiwibank offering training on how to do online banking if there is no ‘online’.
“I am worried that Kiwibank’s decision will lead to other banks following suit.
“What it will mean for some people is that they will revert to cash and that has security and safety issues for seniors as well.