Emissions Reduction Plan

New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan was published on 16 May 2022. It contains strategies, policies and actions for achieving our first emissions budget and contributing to global efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. The financial sector has a key role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. For example, climate-related risk reporting for some listed companies and financial institutions supports the consideration of climate change in business decisions, helping the market to allocate investments in a way that contributes to a low-emissions and climate resilient economy.

23 May 2022

Regulatory Initiatives Calendar

The Council of Financial Regulators has released an updated Regulatory Initiatives Calendar for the financial sector for Q2 2022. This document is produced to help the sector understand the aggregate picture of initiatives from CoFR members that are either planned or under way.

2 June 2022

Council of Financial Regulators: meeting on 31 May 2022

The Council of Financial Regulators met on 31 May 2022. The Council discussed cross-agency protocols during a cyber incident, system-wide risks and opportunities in relation to crypto-assets, and the coordination of monitoring activities across CoFR members. The Council also received an update on the investigation into recent changes in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA), efforts to address price inflation, and reflected on the continuing situation in Ukraine and risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2 June 2022

Draft National Adaptation Plan

Climate change is already affecting the economy of New Zealand. It is increasing existing risks, such as floods and droughts, and has resulted in sea-level rise. The Government is consulting on a draft National Adaptation Plan for how New Zealand can adapt to and minimise the harmful impacts of our changing climate. The draft National Adaptation Plan outlines the actions the Government will take over the next six years to respond to the 2020 National Climate Change Risk Assessment. The financial sector can support investment in adaptation across the economy, and also has a key role in ensuring its own resilience to a changing climate.

23 May 2022

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Council of Financial Regulators: meeting on 1 March 2022

The Council of Financial Regulators met on 1 March 2022. The council discussed the regulatory agenda for 2022, cyber resilience in the financial sector, the investigation into recent changes in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act, and the impact for New Zealand’s financial sector of the developing situation in Ukraine.

3 March 2022

Regulatory Initiatives Calendar

The Council of Financial Regulators has released an updated Regulatory Initiatives Calendar for the financial sector. This document is produced to help industry understand the aggregate picture of initiatives from CoFR members that are either planned or under way.

3 March 2022

COVID-19 and the Financial Sector

New Zealand is operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Financial services firms should follow the appropriate COVID-19 guidance for business.

At each of the three phases of the Omicron response, there are different requirements for businesses, including testing and how long cases need to isolate for. During phases Two and Three, the Close Contact Exemption Scheme will operate to ensure critical services can continue to function.

CoFR continues to meet regularly to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and consider ways to support the industry in tackling the challenges it presents.

11 February 2022

Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act

An investigation into the initial implementation of recent changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 (CCCFA) that came into force on 1 December 2021 is under way. This investigation will be led by MBIE in collaboration with CoFR agencies. The Terms of Reference for this investigation were released on 31 January 2022.

3 February 2022

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Council of Financial Regulators: meeting on 30 November 2021

The Council of Financial Regulators (CoFR) met on 30 November 2021 at the Treasury. The group discussed cyber resilience, the role of credit unions and building societies, CoFR’s ongoing work on conduct and governance and financial inclusion, and the forthcoming meeting of the Trans-Tasman Banking Council.

2 December 2021

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Regulatory Initiatives Calendar

The Council of Financial Regulators has released an updated Regulatory Initiatives Calendar for the financial sector. This document is produced to help industry understand the aggregate picture of initiatives from CoFR members that are either planned or under way, including details of a summer break in engagement with the industry.

12 November 2021

CoFR publishes FinTech roadmap

The CoFR FinTech group has developed a set of business and regulation related information designed to help FinTechs operating in New Zealand.

The guide sets out how fintech fits within the current regulatory regime, and should support improved regulatory coordination.

The guide is available on the fintech.govt.nz site.

5 November 2021

RBNZ releases Climate Changed 2021 & Beyond

Te Pūtea Matua - Reserve Bank of New Zealand has released Climate Changed 2021 & Beyond, our report on our climate change strategy and work. This report outlines its actions to mitigate and manage the significant economic risks associated with climate change. This is the first significant report that we have released since launching our Climate Change Strategy in 2018.

26 October 2021

CoFR celebrates significant milestones

There are big changes under way for the Council of Financial Regulators (CoFR) as it marks its tenth birthday. Its five members have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, its first full-time adviser has come on board and its vital role has been recognised in legislation.

11 October 2021

Council of Financial Regulators: meeting on 31 August 2021

The Council of Financial Regulators (CoFR) met on 31 August 2021. The meeting took place online due to Level 4 restrictions. The group discussed the impacts of the Covid-related lockdown and the extensive engagement there has been with the financial services industry.

3 September 2021

CoFR role to be mandated under new legislation

CoFR will receive statutory recognition in July next year through the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 2021, which has just passed its third and final reading.

As well as strengthening the way the Reserve Bank operates and is governed, the legislation gives CoFR a mandate to support effective and responsive regulation of New Zealand’s financial system.

11 August 2021

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Timetable of Regulatory Initiatives

CoFR has released an updated timetable for regulatory initiatives affecting the financial sector, covering plans for the rest of 2021 and throughout 2022.

10 August 2021

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Cross-sector thematic review on governance

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), Te Pūtea Matua and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko will be working together to conduct a cross-sector thematic review on governance, covering banks, insurers, non-bank deposit takers and investment management firms. The review will focus on the boards of regulated entities and their ability to effectively govern and provide oversight.

9 August 2021

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New FinTech Forum website launched

Innovation thinking, enabled by tech adoption, creates benefits for consumers, businesses and New Zealand. The new FinTech forum website – CoFR’s official forum for FinTech-related regulation – launched on 19 July. It is a single point for FinTech regulatory enquiries directed at any of our member agencies.

19 July 2021

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Fit and Proper Person certification

The Commerce Commission’s Fit and Proper Person certification regime went live on 1 June 2021 with certification of directors and senior managers of consumer credit providers becoming compulsory from 1 October 2021.

Commerce Commission, 1 June 2021

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Government announces plans to reduce merchant service fees

The Government to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay.

12 May 2021

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CoFR releases consumer vulnerability framework

CoFR has agreed on a common understanding of the characteristics of a vulnerable consumer. This framework serves as a guideline to help industry in developing their own approaches to assisting vulnerable consumers.

CoFR, 30 April 2021

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Government introduces legislation to Parliament on climate-related disclosures

The Bill will make climate-related disclosures mandatory for most listed issuers, large registered banks, licensed insurers and managers of investment schemes.

MBIE, 13 April 2021

Reserve Bank publishes report on Māori Economy

This report on the Māori economy was produced by BERL, commissioned by RBNZ - Te Pūtea Matua in 2020. It expands on their 2013 report, providing a rich description of the many roles Māori play in the economy of Aotearoa New Zealand.

RBNZ, 28 January 2021