At the risk of sounding like 'grumpy of Waingaro' I have to ask what decade Kiwibank thinks it is in?
Actually, its kind of ironic because I was just talking with one of my economics lecturers about some of the obstacles to increased productivity in NZ - which I think in this case was econ speak for bloody annoying stupidity that wastes everyone's time.
Anyway, the story is that I went to deposit a cheque into my 6 yr old daughters savings account. It was a birthday gift from her grandparents, who live in England.
The woman at the desk seemed to think this was a significant challenge and requiring of rigorous scrutiny. So, the cheque needed to be countersigned by the recipient. Well, ok, Pirimaia does know how to write her name, but, y'know, its hardly a consistent mark of authenticity. Anyway, why?
"Oh, well you are not the person it is made out to, so the recipient has to endorse it to show that you're not misusing the cheque".
"But I'm trying to put it into HER account. I'm not trying to put it into mine".
"Well, you are doing the right thing, but its just in case you're not"
So they rang head office for advice, to deal with this unsolvable dilemma presented by a father trying to put a cheque, made out to his daughter, into her account. The resolution was that as a guardian, I could countersign the cheque!!!
So I can't just put it into her account, but if I sign the back, I can?
This operation took about 45 minutes. It was one of the more bizarre and pointless exercises of the day (yeah, I don't have to go to question time anymore). I wonder how often Kiwibank has to deal with situations like this, because I would have thought it's pretty common.
So I'm going to boost my personal productivity by moving her account to TSB.