Sausages were being sizzled and eaten, Tony Soloman was there in his National Bank colours, people waited…. The sausages ran out, and the pressure was on – were we going to have it working, and who who was going to be first to withdraw money.Those standing around waiting for the opening thought that Peg Huntly should do the honours and be the first one to use the ATM. Peg is 91 and an old time resident of Waipu – a McLean by birth.
Waipu has had a long wait to get it’s ATM, the Waipu Business and Promotions Group has been lobbying for years and working various angles to try and convince one of the banks to come back into Waipu.
For a few years the Waipu Money Exchange tried to keep a presence in the town, but it became unsustainable for us. Then Westpac were considering it.
Finally the National Bank rode to the rescue – appropriately enough, they were the last bank to leave the town. They considered various locations in shops which were offered by supportive retailers. In the end it was the Chemist that fitted the bill.