ANZ bank customers in Waimate will have to deposit money
at temporary prefabricated cabins after the bank's existing
premises in Queen St failed to meet the bank's earthquake
Despite the closure of the premises, Waimate Mayor John Coles
said the bank had given assurances they would not leave the
''The assurance that the ANZ have given us is that they are
definitely not leaving Waimate. That's a really good plus for
us. They are here for the long haul.
''I'd like to think that the building can be strengthened or
some other suitable accommodation found for them very soon,
because I have seen what has been put in for temporary
accommodation and it's not very attractive.
''Their intentions, I would think, are not to be there very
long, and for the sake of everyone I hope that's the case."
ANZ regional manager Vaughn Keenan said the branch would
relocate to temporary accommodation, opposite the Waimate
Council offices in Queen St on December 17.
Mr Keenan said the bank would investigate alternative
accommodation in the town.
ANZ was ''proud'' to be part of the community and was
''committed to being there for our customers''.
The bank would not leave Waimate, he said.