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Our Story

We’re lucky to live in the Wairarapa and from our early beginnings in 1873, we’ve always focused on helping locals and our community to build homes, investments and futures. We’re local and personal, professional and experienced – and everything we do is about growing this place that we love.

100% Wairarapa Owned from Day One

We have a proud history going right back to 1873 when our first original building society, the Permanent Investment and Loan Association of Wairarapa was formed in Greytown. In 1980 we amalgamated with two other local building societies and WBS was formed.

We’ve always been a building society, not a bank and we’ve always been locally owned. That matters when you have a commitment to locals rather than big city profits – so give us a call, pop in or we’ll come and see you and let’s talk about how we can help you grow.

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At WBS we believe in the importance of community and we regularly support community social and sporting activities.

To request sponsorship funding, complete this form here. Or find out more about our sponsorship options here.