ANZ announces assistance package for farmers affected by Big Dry
ANZ today announced an assistance package for farmers affected by extreme dry conditions across much of New Zealand’s
Many areas, including Canterbury, have experienced "severely dry" conditions over the past two months compared with the
long-term average, according to Niwa.
“The Big Dry is affecting areas which haven’t experienced extreme conditions like these for many years, so for a lot of
farmers this is new territory,” said Graham Turley, ANZ Bank’s Managing Director Commercial & Agri.
“We recognise the challenges and anxiety this is creating for farmers, which have been exacerbated by forecast low dairy
payouts. We’re offering targeted assistance, recognising that the situation may require more complex solutions for some.
“The impacts of serious weather events like this don’t just affect the farmers and their local area but will be felt
right through the economy.”
The options available to affected farmers through ANZ are:
• €Suspending loan principal repayments;
• €Waiving fees associated with restructuring business loans considered necessary due to impacts of
• €Waiving fees for term finance and investments which improve performance and the ability to respond to
climatic variation in future years;
• €Waiving the interest rate reductions associated with accessing funds on term deposits ahead of
maturity date; and
• €Providing access to discounted short-term funding to help farmers get through the immediate
challenges while also protecting their long-term productivity. “We encourage farmers to act early and engage advisors to
identify actions and develop a plan. This should include working with accountants to produce a two-year cash forecast
and consulting with their bankers on funding requirements,” Mr Turley said. “The impacts of drought are not just
financial. We also appreciate the stress created for some customers and encourage them to communicate regularly with
their family, advisors and support networks.”