4: The Gisborne Connection
The Gisborne delegation which flew by scheduled NAC service to Hawke’s Bay on July 6, 1964, leaving at 7.10am, settled matters so successfully with Hawke’s Bay Savings Bank trustees in Hastings that morning that the following day the deputy-Mayor of Gisborne could announce the expected opening of a branch bank in Gisborne on September 1. Although “there might be secession in later years if circumstances warranted Gisborne having its own bank.” (1), the Hastings meeting of minds agreed on the appointment of two Gisborne trustees to the board of the bank and a pro rata share of investments and profits.
Gisborne city councillors, at a meeting on the evening of July 7, 1964, agreed. So it was that the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne Savings Bank won formal approval at regional level, allowing the Gisborne branch to be officially opened for business on October 1964.
In the first place Gisborne interests who saw the advantages of a provincial trustee savings bank wanted their very own bank, based on Gisborne. The Gisborne Town Clerk, W. Hudson, began writing letters on the subject, on behalf of his council, in mid-1962. Having lived in the far south and seen at first hand the successful operations of the Invercargill and Dunedin Savings Banks, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the move to
HAWKES BAY ɛ GISBORNE SAVINGS BANK
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Photo caption – New manager outside the new branch, Ewing Robertson outside the bank’s first premises in Gisborne, in the T and G. building in Grey Street, on the day the branch opened for business, October 1, 1964.