This Is Your Banking Life 1988


Ewing (Robbie) Robertson

Ewing (Robbie) Robertson has spent all his working life in banking.

The first 18 years was with the Bank of New Zealand where he progressed through to Branch Accountant and Relieving Branch Manager.

In October 1964 Ewing made the first and only change in his career. He joined the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne Savings Bank as Branch Manager. This was followed by Personnel Manager, Advertising Public Relations Manager and in 1971 was appointed General Manager.

When the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne and Manawatu – Wairarapa Savings Banks merged in 1972 to create the Eastern and Central Savings Bank Ewing became the new banks General Manager.

During his 17 years as General Manager of the local Trustee Bank Ewing served on numerous committees of The Associated Trustee Banks.

His last year with the bank has without doubt been the most significant period in the banks history. Trust Bank Eastern and Central and Trust Bank Wanganui merged to become Trust Bank Central and he was to be Chief Executive of the second largest bank in the Trust Bank Group. His final contribution to the development and growth of the bank has been the planning and strategy for expanding the Trust Bank Central operations into the Taranaki Region with the opening of the first branch in October 1988.

Trust Bank Central will prosper because of his leadership and entrepreneurial approach at a time when New Zealand’s banking underwent dramatic and technological changes.

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Special Retirement Function Saturday 17 September, 1988
Havelock North High School, Havelock North

The traditional maori welcome will be performed when Ewing Robertson arrives at the auditorium.


John Cocking the Compere for the evening will present the “This is Your Banking Life”. John will then proceed to announce the entrance of the on-stage guests.

Brian Rees
School friend from Warkworth.

Brian Casey
Colleague Bank of New Zealand, Wellsford 20/6/50 – 19/1/63.

Bruce Noell
Colleague Bank of New Zealand, Waipawa. 21/1/63 – Nov 1964.

Judge McHugh & David Miller
Members of Gisborne Savings Bank Steering Committee and Past Presidents and Trustees of Eastern and Central Trustee Bank.

Graham Bell
Colleague Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne Savings Bank – Gisborne.

Hugh Baird
Member of Hawke’s Bay Savings Bank Promotional Committee and Bank’s first Passbook account holder.

Betty Wood
General Managers Secretary – Eastern and Central Savings Bank commenced February 1969

Marc Atherton
Retired General Manager L.B.S Statewide Launceston Tasmania.

Christopher Vine
Commissioned artist for the Bank

Don Brash
Former Managing Director Trust Bank Group.

Paul Kemp
Deputy General Manager, Savings Bank of Tasmania, Hobart

Ossian Miller & Ted Agnew
Duckshooting friends.

John Hill
Retired General Manager, Trustee Savings Bank of Yorkshire and Lincoln.

Judge McHugh welcomes Nancy Robertson and their children on stage.

Judy Taylor
Mr Robertson’s Secretary


Interests and Activities

Justice of the Peace
Trustee of Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Past President of Hastings Chamber of Commerce
Past President of Hastings Rotary Club
Past President of Jaycees
Past Chairman of the National Housing Commission Churchill Fellow 1978 – Study on Housing and Banking, comprising visits to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Western Germany to study issues on home finance, home building design, savings incentives – particularly for young people and the effect of inflation on housing and savings patterns.
Member of the Board of the Hawke’s Bay Electric Power Board
Has served on various committees such as High School Boards, School Committees, I.H.C., and other organisations.

Outside interests include: Trout fishing, gardening, and a moderate tramper, with an interest in most sports.

Enjoys the rural areas, rather than large cities and has a strong interest in farming and an affinity for the sea.

Ewing and his wife Nancy have raised four children and although his life was busy and at times demanding they were able to maintain a close family relationship.

On the evening of Saturday 17 September, 1988 all those present, those unable to attend and from his many friends throughout New Zealand and overseas the very best wishes to Ewing and Nancy on his retirement.

“Ewing (Robbie) Robertson – well done”.

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Trust Bank Eastern and Central

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17 September 1988


  • Ted Agnew
  • Marc Atherton
  • Hugh Baird
  • Graham Bell
  • Don Brash
  • Brian Casey
  • John Cocking
  • John Hill
  • Paul Kemp
  • Judge McHugh
  • David Miller
  • Ossian Miller
  • Bruce Noell
  • Brian Rees
  • Ewing Robertson
  • Nancy Robertson
  • Judy Taylor
  • Christopher Vine
  • Betty Wood

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