APFII is proud to be involved in bringing together eleven members to start a new bank for New Zealanders. As a direct result of the 2017 APFII Roadmap, our membership has responded positively, and the ASPIRE BANK® vision is beginning to take shape.


Built to provide quality customer services and a seamless user experience, our Members are underwriting the ASPIRE project to become a full service New Zealand Bank. It will connect with New Zealanders via more than 80 regional locations, and six flagship branches in major urban centers.

Anticipated to launch with an APFII member client base of over 180,000 clients, Aspire Bank™ promises strong, safe, and ethical credit services, more flexible accounts, tailored consumer services, and a high level of focus on long-term thinking aligned with you, your family, and your community.

The proposed Aspire Bank® has five operatioal service centers, with two more planned before launch.

Existing Administrative Centers:

  • North of Auckland: Data Services.

  • Auckland: People & Culture, Technology, Head Office.

  • Tauranga: Operations, Treasury, Disaster-Recovery 1.

  • Wellington: Regulatory Center: Compliance, Anti-Crime, Digital Security.

  • Blenheim: Client Call Center, D-R3.

planned Service Centers:

  • Canterbury: Legal, Lending, Infrastructure, and Lending Compliance.

  • Otago: International Service Operations and D-R2.

Next Steps For APFII:

Aspire Bank® is one of five core APFII Regional Commitment (2017) undertakings for regional infrastructure for Financial Inclusion by APFII Members. RC-17 covers APFII’s work in National Payment Systems, Transaction Technology Platforms, Clearing Systems, Governmnet Bond Systems, Central Bank Foreign Exchange, and international Compliance and Transaction Reporting, KYC and capacity building covering the period 2018-2020.

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APFII Successes:

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2010: Real time multi-currency clearing infrastructure.
2011: Ground breaking multi-country mobile money systems.
2012: 113 Countries supported for international bill payment services.
2013: SWIFT Funding for Regional Expansion, and IPF-A Accreditation.
2014: KYC/AML Systems Upgrate and Platform Development.
2015: Trade Finance and Invoicing System. Central Bank FX Management.
2016: Currency and Note / Cheque Processing service.
2017: IBM/Pacific Partnership.
2018: PaymentsNZ System Membership. Tuvalu Payment Service Launch.
2019: Tonga National Payment System, Aspire Bank® & Rural Branch Network.

APFII.org brings together regional and international collaboration, creating opportunity and innovation in financial services specically focused on meeting market needs and providing community services that enhance the lives of everyday people.

See the below video on the 2017 joint innitiative between APFII member, KlickEx, and global technology partner IBM. Brought to you by project Aspire -

The 2017 Press Release from IBM and KlickEx is available here.