WBS is the product of the 1980 amalgamation of three Wairarapa-based building societies. The Permanent Investment and Loan Association of Wairarapa (established in Greytown in 1873), the Tararua Permanent Building Society and the North Wairarapa Permanent Building and Investment Society (both established in the 1930s).
From those early beginnings WBS has continued to go from strength to strength. Look at our latest financial results and you will see that we have become a substantial enterprise.
100% Wairarapa owned
WAIRARAPA is a Maori name that means “glistening waters”. The Wairarapa has many rivers, lakes and it is surrounded by the sea to the east and south, and the Tararua ranges to the west – all of which provide a haven for an abundance of wildlife. The Wairarapa is a popular destination for tourists as it boasts a diverse range of attractions and activities from breathtaking mountains, forests, rivers and lakes to beautiful beaches, vineyards, golf courses and parks. The region is also growing exponentially as a lifestyle choice for people to settle in and the population is exploding.