trust us to be fair

Welcome to New Zealand's Banking Ombudsman Scheme

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme investigates and resolves disputes between customers and their banks. We are independent of scheme participants, customers, and government. Our service is free of charge and easy to use.

This website provides you with information to help you avoid making mistakes with banking services, and how we can help you if you need it. It also helps you make a complaint to us if you're unable to sort it out with your bank.

We will do our best to help you - trust us to be fair.

Welcome to New Zealand's Banking Ombudsman Scheme

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme investigates and resolves disputes between customers and their banks. We are independent of scheme participants, customers, and government. Our service is free of charge and easy to use.

This website provides you with information to help you avoid making mistakes with banking services, and how we can help you if you need it. It also helps you make a complaint to us if you're unable to sort it out with your bank.

We will do our best to help you - trust us to be fair.

Latest news

Graduate complained when he was no longer eligible for student deal

20 Jul 2016

Once a student, always a student?  Not according to the bank. What did we think? 

Indefinite suspension of funds resulted in inconvenience payment

12 Jul 2016

A customer thought her bank suspending her accounts was unlawful.  Did we agree?

Customer complains that bank shouldn’t have changed term deposit policy

06 Jul 2016

A letter explaining a new policy for early term deposit withdrawals ended up being a red herring for complaint about improper contract variation.

Message from the Banking Ombudsman

"We consider complaints between banks and their customers, resolve them fairly, and share what we’ve learned to improve the banking experience for all."

- Nicola Sladden, Banking Ombudsman

Contact us

Our office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday (New Zealand time).

For contact details please click here.

We can consider your complaint if your bank is one of our scheme participants.

For complaints about our service please click here.