Apple Pay has arrived in New Zealand with support for Visa credit and debit cards issued by ANZ Bank New Zealand. The mobile payment service will be accepted by some of the country’s major retailers including BP, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming, Torpedo 7, McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza, Burger King and “many more”.
“Apple Pay works with ANZ-issued Visa credit and debit cards,” Apple says. “Just add your eligible cards to Wallet and you’ll continue to get all the rewards, benefits and security. Apple Pay is accepted in supermarkets, restaurants, boutiques and so many places you already enjoy. You can also make easy and secure purchases within selected apps using Apple Pay and your eligible cards.
“Now, the convenience of using Apple Pay in stores and within select apps is available on participating websites in Safari. Whether you’re shopping on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, you can use Apple Pay without having to create an account or log in — paying on participating websites happens with just a touch.”
“More than 50% of ANZ Visa transactions are contactless and this number is steadily increasing as more retailers adopt contactless technology,” says ANZ New Zealand CEO David Hisco. “Adding Apple Pay to our mobile payment offering will make it fast and convenient for more customers to securely make everyday purchases wherever there is a contactless terminal.”
ANZ is also currently the only bank supporting Apple Pay in Australia and has been accused of “pulling a fast one” after walking away from a collaborative effort with its big four rivals in the country as they seek stronger negotiating powers over third party mobile wallets.