ANZ Bank New Zealand has announced that its customers with a Visa debit or personal ANZ Visa credit card can now use Apple Pay to carry out transactions in the country.

When a consumer adds a credit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device.

In stores, Apple Pay works with all of Apple's latest iPhones, including iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and later, and Apple Watch.

Customers will be able to use Apple Pay anywhere in New Zealand where contactless payments are available, such as BP, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming, Torpedo 7, McDonalds, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King. They can also use Apple Pay to purchases online via apps and websites.

ANZ CEO New Zealand David Hisco said: “More than 50 per cent of ANZ Visa transactions are contactless and this number is steadily increasing as more retailers adopt contactless technology. Adding Apple Pay to our mobile payment offering will make it fast and convenient for more customers to securely make every day purchases wherever there is a contactless terminal.

“Following on from our highly successful goMoney mobile banking app, ANZ is pleased to continue leading the industry with innovative solutions for customers.”

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ANZ New Zealand head of digital and transformation Liz Maguire said: “Our customers asked us for Apple Pay and we’re thrilled they can now use it, continuing our commitment to giving our customers innovative digital ways to do their banking. We’re confident they will enjoy this easy, simple and secure way to pay without having to present cards or cash.”

Earlier, on 5 October 2016, Russia-based Sberbank launched Apple Pay for its customers and MasterCard cardholders.