How it works
We’ve got a range of everyday accounts that you can apply to open, including our Free Up account that carries no transaction fees.
Please note that while you'll be able to deposit money into any Kiwibank account(s) you set up before you arrive, you won't be able to withdraw or transfer money between any account(s) until you're in New Zealand and have activated your account(s). If you don't use and/or activate your account(s) in New Zealand within six months, then they’ll be closed and any money that has been deposited will be returned to the account it came from.
What you’ll need to do
Complete the Migrant banking application form (PDF 206.4 kB).
It's taking us a little longer than usual to process new applications. Please bear with us, while we get up to speed again. We'll be in touch soon.
Provide a certified copy of your passport.
Provide a certified copy of your proof of your residential address in your home country (please see the Migrant Application form for a list of acceptable documents and certifiers).
Please email a scanned copy of these documents to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we’ve received all your documents we’ll send you a confirmation email. This email will contain:
Information you'll need to send international payments to your new Kiwibank account before you arrive.
Instructions on how to set up your Kiwibank Internet Banking.
Information to locate your nearest Kiwibank so that we can organise an appointment for you to activate your accounts for use once your arrive in NZ.
Got any questions or need more information? Just flick us an email at email@example.com