Experiencing financial difficulty
We understand that sometimes unexpected things may happen and your circumstances can change suddenly, which may make it difficult to make your payments. This could be because of an illness, injury, loss of employment, or the end of a relationship.
How we can help you
If you’re having trouble managing payments on any of the below, you can talk to us, or apply for a hardship variation.
- arranged overdrafts
- home loan
- personal loan
- credit cards
A hardship variation is a temporary change to the conditions of your loan. You can apply for a hardship variation by making a request to us in writing explaining your situation, or filling out our Application for Hardship form PDF 183KB. You can also pick up this form in one of our stores.
You’ll need to request one of the following options (we’ll contact you if the option you’ve chosen isn’t available for your loan):
a. extend the loan term and reduce the amount of each payment
b. postpone, during a specified period, the dates on which payments are due;
c. both of the above.
If you would prefer to make your request by writing to us, don’t forget to include your account number.
Do this as soon as possible because if you leave it for too long you may not qualify. All hardship applications are subject to BNZ assessment and approval. Your application must contain the signatures of all parties.
You can contact us on 0800 375 007, between 8am to 7pm Monday to Thursday, or 8am to 5pm Fridays.
Hardship is not available for businesses, investment vehicles, partnership or trusts. If you’re a BNZ Partners customer, please contact your Partner to discuss.