Westpac NZ licenses Moven money management tech

Westpac NZ licenses Moven money management tech

Westpac New Zealand is integrating money management technology from New York-based Moven into its new digital banking platform.

Under a two year licensing deal, from October Westpac customers will be able to use Moven's technology to manage their money day-to-day on their smartphones, tablets and desktops.

The firms are working on a host of features that will see transactions automatically categorised so that people can drill into any group for more details such as where, on what and when purchases were made.

Users will receive a mobile receipt within seconds of a purchase being made, with the transaction automatically put into one of the categories. In addition, customers will be able to see their average spend versus their actual spend for a month via a colour-coded graph.

Simon Pomeroy, chief digital officer, Westpac, says: "The key to this set of features is the ease of use. It is developed with the digital age and the mobile consumer in mind. There is very little manual set up, it comes preloaded with 12 categories and other features and the way graphs are displayed delivers quick and effective budget and money management information in real time."

Westpac NZ has been aggressively pushing itself as a digital innovator. Earlier this month it showed off plans to use augmented reality in its app and it has also been trialling HCE-based mobile payments, fingerprint-based app logins and Google Glass apps.

The latest agreement is the first win for Moven's licensing strategy. The startup has pitched itself as a mobile-based alternative to traditional banks in its home market of the US but is taking a different, cooperative, approach in other places.

Announcing an $8 million funding round earlier this month, it revealed that it has a deal similar to the Westpac arrangement in the pipeline in Canada and founder Brett King is on the lookout for partners in other countries.

"Our objective is to get as many people as possible around the world using our tools everyday. When you are talking about providing banking services, however, that also requires great bank partners in those markets where we launch," says King.

Comments: (3)

Hitesh Thakkar
Hitesh Thakkar - SME - Fintech startups (APAC and Africa) - India 26 August, 2014, 18:35Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Simon Pomeroy has been making good moves and leading digital banking roadmap for the  WestpacNZ.

Hope Moven's money management  solution for better services and rwtain customers.  

Brett King
Brett King - Moven - New York 26 August, 2014, 23:21Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes


Really enjoy working with Simon as the CDO and David the new CEO of Westpac NZ. They're hungry for success and very competitive with their compatriots over the pond - a great driver of innovation.


Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 27 August, 2014, 13:12Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

@BrettK: Congrats. I also liked the AR app spearheaded by @simonpomeroynz (http://ow.ly/A1Gby).