We're now cheque-free.
As you may know, most New Zealand businesses are going cheque-free. For Westpac this happened after 25 June 2021. While many of our customers now prefer the speed, safety and convenience of making and receiving payments online or via phone banking, we know some may be worried about adapting to the new ways to pay. Rest assured, we’re here to support you.
Please note, the change only impacts on cheques and cheque books, there are no changes happening to everyday bank accounts that are often referred to as ‘cheque accounts’, and the ‘CHQ’ or ‘Cheque’ options on EFTPOS terminals and ATMs will remain the same.
When did this happen?
16 November 2020
Foreign cheques under $500 were no longer accepted.
27 November 2020
Last day cheque books were automatically issued. And last day to open new cheque facilities.
26 March 2021
Last day you were able to manually order cheque books or bank cheques.
31 May 2021
ANZ goes cheque-free.
25 June 2021
Last day Westpac accepted cheques (including cheques from other banks and foreign cheques), and last day Westpac cheques were accepted at all banks. We will still honour Westpac issued bank cheques for up until 5 years after the issue date, subject to the usual requirements.
30 June 2021
BNZ goes cheque-free.
27 August 2021
ASB Bank goes cheque-free.
Other ways to pay.
What if I'm a business?
If you used or received cheques and would like help transitioning to faster payment solutions here are some options we offer.
We have prepaid and credit card solutions for you to control your cashflow or manage your expenses.
We have different solutions for you to receive payments that are quick, convenient and secure.
If you’d like to know more visit seniornet.nz or call 0800 280 742.
Keep an eye out for upcoming sessions and register your interest via our Facebook page.
If you’d like help with other payment options, pop into a branch.
If you're in New Zealand
Call us weekdays 7am - 8pm or weekends 8am – 5pm. If you're over 65 your call will be prioritised.
If you're overseas
International toll charges apply.
Other ways to get paid.
Foreign cheques and bank cheques.
Things you should know.
Eligibility and lending criteria and terms and conditions apply. See the specific product page for more information. Fees and charges apply to Westpac products and services. For full details refer to our Transaction and Service Fees brochure (available here and from any Westpac branch).