Reserve Bank completes licensing of non-bank deposit takers

Release date
01 May 2015

The Reserve Bank has completed the licensing of Non-bank Deposit Takers (NBDTs), with licences issued to 31 entities.

Toby Fiennes, Reserve Bank Head of Prudential Supervision, said: "Completion of licensing puts in place another measure to help maintain the stability of New Zealand's financial system."

The Reserve Bank has powers to monitor NBDTs and intervene should an NBDT become distressed or fail.

"Licensing can't prevent an NBDT from failing but it reduces the risk and aims to maintain minimum entry standards," Mr Fiennes said.

"Licensed NBDTs are required to meet prudential requirements that cover credit ratings, governance, risk management, capital, related party exposures, liquidity, and suitable directors and senior officers," Mr Fiennes said.

As part of the licensing process, the Reserve Bank assessed each applicant's ability to comply with the requirements of the Non-Bank Deposit Takers Act, and the suitability of each applicant's directors and senior officers.

Finance companies that raise funds from the public, and most building societies and credit unions, were required to get a licence from the Reserve Bank no later than 1 May 2015. The legal definition of an NDBT excludes most kinds of managed investment schemes and entities that fund themselves solely through non-public sources – e.g., those raising funds solely from related parties, or from corporate or wholesale sources.

More information:

List of licensed NBDTs: Public register

Non-bank deposit takers Questions and Answers

For entities that plan to become NBDTs in the future: NBDT licensing.

Media Contact:
Carole van Grondelle
External Communications Adviser,
Ph 04 471 3807 or 027 255 5400
Email: carole.vangrondelle@rbnz.govt.nz