New Zealand moves to a cashless society

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New Zealand moves to a cashless society

Cash is no longer king in New Zealand, according to a recent report. The report found electronic funds transfer (Eftpos) had displaced cash as the most common method used to pay for things such as groceries, power bills and mortgage.

We were just discussing this recently. Few people carry much cash any more, personally I only have enough to by feed the food machines for chocolate bars.

Its been a long time since I have had to write a check, or visit a bank, everything is automated. Payments for utilities and rates are automated, normal purchases are all via eftpos, as with petrol and food. There are no places, except for small stalls, where you can't use an eftpos card. I even saw a street busker with a card reader beside him as he played music.

The number using Eftpos in the latest survey (83 per cent) is the same as in 2005, but the number using cash dropped from 84 per cent to 77 per cent. There have also been declines in all other methods of payment except internet banking, where users have increased from 34 per cent of adults in 2005 to 47 per cent.

Those most likely to use internet banking are households earning over $100,000 (70 per cent), people aged 35 to 44 (63 per cent), people in paid employment or with tertiary education (both 57 per cent), Asians (54 per cent), males (51 per cent) and Europeans and urban residents (both 49 per cent).

The least likely internet bankers are provincial residents (37 per cent), Maori (34 per cent) and those aged 65 and over (12 per cent).

Good comments on this article and peoples experiences here
By netchicken: posted on 23-6-2009

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