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Auckland – 2 March 2018


  • Next generation of teacher laptop scheme launched
  • Around 2,500 schools across New Zealand to benefit from the scheme
  • More than 100,000 laptops already delivered over the past eight years

FlexiGroup New Zealand (NZ) is set to continue its eight-year support of the Ministry of Education’s teacher laptop scheme as the approved leasing financier for the next generation of the programme, TELA+ which launches today.

FlexiGroup NZ will work with the Ministry of Education lead contractor, Cyclone Computer Company Limited to deliver TELA+ over the next three years.

The TELA+ scheme supplies laptops to eligible principals and teachers in state and state integrated schools across New Zealand.

FlexiGroup NZ and Cyclone have partnered in the development of TELA+ – an advanced version of the well-known scheme that has given teachers access to more than 100,000 laptops in the past eight years.

FlexiGroup NZ Chief Commercial Officer, Gary Nalder says the organisation is committed to continuing the delivery of an excellent experience for the teachers of New Zealand through the TELA+ scheme.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to support the Ministry of Education and the teachers of New Zealand. Working with Cyclone we have developed the next generation of this highly successful programme that supports educators all across New Zealand. As with all the financial services we provide, it’s about making things simple and effective for our customers and TELA+ is a great example of this,” says Nalder.

Graham Prentice, General Manager Government Sector at Cyclone says the depth and breadth of relationships FlexiGroup NZ has developed with schools across New Zealand over the past eight years was a key factor when choosing a leasing finance partner for the scheme.

“FlexiGroup NZ’s proven experience with the TELA scheme combined with the strength of relationships they already hold with schools around New Zealand reinforced our decision to engage with them as a leasing partner for this important scheme,” says Prentice.

Auckland – 26 October 2017


With a commitment to delivering outstanding experiences spanning every customer touch point, from signing up, to point of sale through to online account management, FlexiGroup New Zealand has intensified its focus on customer-centricity in the payments industry.

To lead the charge in this area, Tim McFarlane has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer.

Tim McFarlane joins FlexiGroup with extensive international experience in the payments and Telco/IT services market having held roles with Paymark, GeoOp and Vodafone, including driving Vodafone’s enterprise go-to-market initiatives across Europe and launching multiple ‘first to market’ cloud propositions globally.

FlexiGroup Chief Executive Officer, Chris Lamers says great customer experience is about delivering simple and effective products and services that work for the customer, both today and tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of talk about customer-centricity in the industry and the role technology plays in the future of customer experience. While there is no doubt that investing in technology is critical for organisations to evolve, what’s equally important is getting the fundamentals of today right and making sure the customer gets what the customer really wants – not what organisation ‘thinks’ the customer wants.

“With finance and payments, there are a number of things people universally love and want including no interest, no fees and flexibility to manage payments – all of this boils back to three things: giving the customer choice, control and certainty.

“Tim has a strong suite of expertise to drive FlexiGroup’s vision to deliver outstanding customer experiences through the products and services we provide and we’re thrilled to have him join the FlexiGroup family.”

Auckland – 2 October 2017


FlexiGroup New Zealand has announced the executive appointment of Gary Nalder to the role of Chief Commercial Officer.

With more than 30 years of leasing experience and a proven track record of growing leasing and finance businesses in New Zealand, Nalder will lead the growth and future direction of the commercial arm of FlexiGroup in New Zealand.

He most recently held the role of Director of Asset Finance for Westpac Institutional Bank. Previous to this he has held senior management roles with CIT Group and AGC Finance.

FlexiGroup CEO, Chris Lamers says Nalder’s depth of experience growing leasing and finance businesses from start up to highly profitable operations will be valuable in driving the continued success of the commercial business.

“Commercial is an important part of the business, specialising in funding solutions for organisations of all sizes across New Zealand including retail, education, SME’s and enterprise.

“How we’re helping Kiwi organisations grow and run their own businesses is becoming increasingly diverse – and Gary’s expertise and leadership will help drive these future growth initiatives and the innovative ways in which we can support the success of our partners.”

Nalder sits on the Board of Drive Electric and is a member of the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme Leadership Group helping to drive the uptake of electric vehicles in the New Zealand market.

Auckland – 13 September 2017


•    Three executive appointments strengthen leadership team

•    Growth focus across consumer and commercial finance

•    Customer-centricity driving smart, future-forward financial solutions

FlexiGroup New Zealand has announced the appointment of three key roles within its executive team as the company focuses on growing its business across consumer and commercial finance in New Zealand.

FlexiGroup Chief Executive Office, Chris Lamers says it’s an exciting time for the organisation with a strong leadership team on-board and innovative products being delivered to market via FlexiGroup’s industry-leading technology.

“In a market where regular and rapid disruption is becoming the norm, customers are expecting more than traditional payment offerings. At FlexiGroup we are working to lead the charge in this area by thinking and doing things differently.

“Customer-centricity is the focus. Having worked with hundreds of thousands of Kiwis over 40 years we’re taking this deep level of insight – and will continue to listen to our customers – to deliver smart, future-forward financial solutions.”

Andy Preston appointed as Chief Financial Officer*, joins FlexiGroup from Australia with an extensive background with GE Money Australia and New Zealand where he held a number of leadership roles including General Manager of Distribution, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. His experience spans Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and the UK.

“Andy brings more than 20 years industry experience to this critical role and his wealth of multinational experience across finance and distribution will be an absolute asset to the organisation. We’re thrilled to have a CFO of Andy’s calibre join the team,” says Lamers.

Liesl Knox has been appointed from within FlexiGroup to Chief Corporate Services Officer having previously held the role of General Counsel with the organisation for the past five years. The newly established role is responsible for communications, strategy and planning, people and culture and legal services.

Lamers says Liesl’s organisational experience and depth of knowledge within the industry combined with her legal expertise is a strategic strength for the organisation in an increasingly regulated environment.

Peter Finch has been appointed as Chief Information Officer having previously worked in the role in an acting capacity for the past two and half years. His experience in the IT sector includes working with Gen-i for 10 years and Telecom previous to that.

“In a rapidly developing market, continuing to build out our digital capabilities is a key area of focus. It’s an exciting time for financial services as technology becomes ever more ubiquitous with the consumer experience –  Peter’s experience will ensure we are at the forefront of these changes,” says Lamers.


13th September 2016


Sporting a new name and a fresh look, Flexi Cards is celebrating with the launch of one of New Zealand’s most innovative consumer finance products – Q Mastercard.

The unique card was unveiled today, the same day Flexi Cards revealed its new branding. Previously known as Fisher & Paykel Finance, it was acquired by FlexiGroup late last year.

Flexi Cards was the first non-bank to be granted a Mastercard issuing licence in New Zealand and is now inviting people to apply for the innovative new black card: www.qmastercard.co.nz

Flexi Cards NZ Chief Executive Greg Shepherd says Flexi Cards is committed to being a specialist centre of excellence for point-of-sale finance and payments, and the launch of Q Mastercard is a demonstration of that.

“We’re delighted to be offering this ground-breaking new product to New Zealanders. With its unique range of features, Q Mastercard really is the number one card Kiwis should have in their wallets,” says Shepherd.

“It not only works like a traditional credit card, but also lets cardholders enjoy three months of no payments and no interest on all purchases – that’s more than double the time most cards offer. Plus it has long-term finance options built in, which gives consumers breathing space to help them manage the cost of higher value transactions like consumer electronics, furniture, dental services, audiology and travel purchased from any partner in our extensive merchant network.

“All of those features are available on this one card and, because it’s a Mastercard too, it is accepted all around the world.”

“Q Mastercard is ideal for financially savvy consumers looking to take advantage of three months of no payments or interest on purchases,” says Peter Chisnall, Mastercard Country Manager for New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

“In addition, the card features Mastercard’s enhanced security technology and Tap & goTM, which New Zealanders are increasingly using to make everyday purchases.”

Q Mastercard’s suite of features include:

  • Automatically offers three months of no payments and no interest on every purchase, with no minimum spend require

  • Credit card facilities for purchases in-store and online at millions of locations around the globe, including cash advances at banks and ATMs wherever Mastercard is accepted

  • Built-in access to Flexi Cards’ long term finance deals at thousands of participating retailers throughout New Zealand

  • Contactless technology allowing payments up to $80 using Tap & goTM without the need to enter a PIN

  • Security features including microchip technology and Mastercard SecureCodeTM

  • Q Mastercard cardholders will also get access to benefits such as Priceless® Cities – a unique collection of travel experiences at home and away selected exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.

Flexi Cards is part of FlexiGroup NZ, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASX-listed Flexi Group, Australasia’s leading provider of financial solutions for lifestyle, home and business.

Mastercard, the Mastercard Brand Mark and Priceless are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated. Tap & Go and SecureCode are trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated.


On 27 October 2015, Fisher & Paykel Appliance Holdings Limited made the following announcement;

"Fisher & Paykel Appliance Holdings Limited (FPAH) has confirmed the sale of subsidiary company Fisher & Paykel Finance Holdings Limited (FPF) to ASX- listed financial services company FlexiGroup for $315 million in the form of $250 million cash and $65 million deferred consideration.

The transaction is subject to Overseas Investment Office and Reserve Bank of New Zealand approvals.

FPAH chairman Keith Turner said that since its establishment in 1973, FPF had grown from a niche business focused on supporting the sale of Fisher & Paykel appliances into a leading point-of-sale consumer finance company with diverse products and services used every day by thousands of Kiwis across the country.

“The sale of FPF to FlexiGroup will allow FPAH to focus on our goal of becoming a global premium appliances brand, designing and manufacturing class-leading appliances,” Dr Turner said."