Sports credit cards – New Zealand credit card companies supporting your favourite sport

Find out which sports teams and events your bank supports.

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Banks have a long history of getting involved in the community, particularly when it comes to sport. As well as being an opportunity to support individuals and teams across New Zealand, sponsorship and donations give banks another arena for marketing and publicity. Plus it’s a way for a bank to show its true colours in the sporting world.

If you want your credit card provider to match your sports team loyalties, here are the key partnerships between banks and sports in New Zealand.

ANZ: NZ Cricket, ANZ Premiership Netball and NZ Olympic Committee

As one of the “big four” banks in New Zealand, ANZ has built an extensive sponsorship portfolio that includes many sports initiatives. ANZ is also a primary sponsor of the Blackcaps, netball and “New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth” teams:

  • New Zealand Cricket. In 1999, ANZ became a leading sponsor of NZ Cricket; including sponsorship of the ANZ International Series, ie all the matches the Blackcaps play in New Zealand against international sides. ANZ has supported cricket at all levels since 2009, and has awarded over $900,000 in cricket-related community grants, and provides a variety of support types for players, teams, clubs and schools to be the best they can.
  • ANZ Premiership Netball. ANZ sponsors the new elite netball league in New Zealand and is a leading sponsor of our national team, the Silver Ferns. It is committed to the growth of NZ’s leading female participation sport and provides opportunities from school team level up to the Silver Ferns. Since 2012, ANZ have handed out over $500,000 to help players etc achieve their dreams and helped advance the development of New Zealand Netball.
  • New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games. ANZ sponsors the New Zealand teams in both the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. They have established an “ANZ Olympic Schools Program” that offers bonuses for schools.
  • Individual Sponsorship. In addition to team sponsorship, ANZ sponsors the following individuals:
    • Lydia Ko: A New Zealand professional golfer, who in 2015 became the youngest ever person to be ranked number one in golf. Ko also won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
      Hamish Bond and Eric Murray: Winners of gold in the Rowing Pairs at two consecutive Olympics, London and Rio.
      Peter Burling and Blair Tuke: Rio gold medalists in yachting’s 49er, and who look set to mount a defence of their title at Tokyo 2020.
      Sam Webster: New Zealand track cyclist, who won gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the individual sprint and team sprint. He was also part of the 2016 Rio team who won a silver medal in the team sprint.
      Rebecca Dubber: A Kiwi Paralympian swimmer who won bronze at Rio in the 100m breaststroke.
      Cameron Leslie: At the 2016 Paralympic Games, Leslie won gold and set a new world record in the Men’s 150m IM SM4. In addition to swimming Leslie plays wheelchair rugby.

Westpac: Westpac Stadium and iSPORT Foundation

Westpac has a proud history of working with communities and businesses, from local to national level; supported by four Westpac ambassadors, former All Blacks, Richie McCaw and Sir John Kirwan; Paralympian, Sophie Pascoe and Victoria Cross recipient, Willie Apiata.

  • Westpac Stadium. Westpac Stadium is on the waterfront in Wellington and is a recognisable landmark in our nation’s capital. The All Blacks regularly play their test matches at the stadium, and it also hosts international rugby league and cricket matches. The stadium can seat over 34,000 people, so is also used to accommodate entertainment and community events. Westpac Stadium is home to The Phoenix A-League football team; The Hurricanes, Wellington’s Super 15 rugby team and Wellington’s Air New Zealand rugby team, the Lions.
  • iSPORT Foundation. The iSport foundation was started by former All Blacks, Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ali Williams. Westpac and iSPORT support and inspire youngsters to take part in sport; to do their very best no matter what their background. They work with schools and sporting groups to find young people that show outstanding talent in their sport. They also work with teams that need support and give them the chance to take part in sport and achieve. iSPORT provides the funding for teams and individuals towards costs, eg travel and uniforms.

BNZ: Rugby Union

  • BNZ Crusaders. BNZ Crusaders are a rugby union team situated in Christchurch and play in the Super Rugby competition. BNZ wanted to sponsor The Crusaders to show support for the Christchurch rebuild and the Canterbury region in general. They are dedicated to helping retain and evolve the top rugby team. The BNZ Crusaders are the most outstanding team in Super Rugby history and hold eight titles.
  • The Blues. The Blues were established in 1996 and are based in Auckland. They are a professional rugby union team, that play in the Super Rugby competition. BNZ began its sponsorship of The Blues in 2016, and both entities share a commitment to the support and growth of the Auckland community.

HSBC: Golf, Rugby Sevens and tennis

As a global bank, HSBC has a wide range of sports sponsorships across the world. They include:

  • Golf. HSBC (Global) is a major supporter of golf, with involvement in 35 tournaments in places such as China, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Brazil.
  • Rugby Sevens. “The HSBC Rugby World Seven Series” is comprised of ten tournaments throughout the world. There are currently Rugby Sevens team in fifteen countries, and they play to gain series points in each round. At the end of the season, a champion is declared, based on how many points they have acquired. Sevens also made its debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was deemed a resounding success.

TSB: Rugby, Surf Life Saving and the TSB Community Trust

With Taranaki roots that date back to 1850, TSB underwent a re-brand in 2017, when they dropped the word “bank” from their title. The bank is involved in a number of sports and ventures and is the proud sponsor of the TSB arena in Wellington. The arena mainly hosts basketball games and is home to the Century City Saints and the New Zealand Breakers when they are in Wellington.

  • Taranaki Rugby. TSB sponsors of the Port Taranaki Bulls, a rugby union team that plays at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.
  • Surf Life Saving. TSB became a sponsor of Surf Life Saving New Zealand in 2016. They are proud to help support the community by providing a safer place for people to swim. In 2017, TSB invited all Surf Life Saving clubs to apply for one of eleven grants totalling $100,000.
  • TSB Community Trust. Established in 1988, the Trust receives a premium from its assets, which includes the TSB. It uses this money to support causes that benefit the community within the Taranaki region. The Trust offers a range of grants to community organisations and individuals and has a focus on child and youth wellbeing. It supports a number of areas, with one of them being sport initiatives.

ASB: Tennis, Marathon and Rugby

ASB has a long-standing history of supporting sport, and has been sponsoring New Zealand tennis for over 100 years:

  • Tennis. ASB has been involved with the Auckland tennis scene for a significant time and is the primary sponsor of the ASB Classic. The tournament constitutes a part of the Women’s Tennis Association’s and the Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) tour. It is played at the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland in the first two weeks of January and has attracted some of the big names in tennis, eg Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic.
  • ASB Auckland Marathon. The marathon is New Zealand’s leading road race and has started to gain an international reputation. The event consists of five events, from the full marathon to a children’s marathon. It attracts approximately 17,000 runners and traverses the some of the most iconic scenery in Auckland.
  • Rugby. ASB is the official bank of New Zealand rugby and the All Blacks. It is ASB’s intention to sponsor enterprises that have the same values, including that of high performance, so sponsoring the All Blacks was a logical step. In addition to the All Blacks, ASB sponsors the men’s All Blacks Sevens and the women’s New Zealand Sevens”.

ASB is also the proud supporters of three community sport initiatives, Sport Northland, Sport Tasman and Sport Otago.

As sports is a significant part of life in New Zealand, it’s no wonder some of our prominent banks have official ties to teams, events, venues and other sporting initiatives across the country. So if you have a particular sport or team you want to support, there’s a chance you could gain more benefits by considering those banks that share your allegiance.

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