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AMP history

Our heritage

AMP is one of New Zealand’s most enduring companies, with continuous operations under the same brand for more than 160 years.

AMP started in the mid-1800s, a time when people in New Zealand and Australia were at high risk of injury and disease. Times were tough, with many working in dangerous jobs. There was no social welfare or pension and if a main wage earner was injured, died, or simply grew too old to work, it could be extremely hard for their families. A small group of concerned community leaders recognised this and looked for a good way to provide financial security for people. They established the Australian Mutual Provident Society (AMP), and AMP was born.

We began our proud history of providing life insurance policies in New Zealand in 1854. The population was less than 100,000 and the New Zealand Parliament sat in its present form for the first time. Our customers were mainly miners and farmers and AMP was a part of their communities, ready and willing to lend a hand when it was needed. We continue to hold this strong community-focused ethos.

AMP has grown into a highly efficient large-scale organisation. In 2011, AMP joined forces with AXA Asia Pacific Holdings – a company founded on very similar principles to AMP with both companies sharing a passion for quality financial advice and for the way good advice can help change people’s lives for the better. We now provide even more Kiwis with financial security and the opportunity to look forward to a better tomorrow.

Timeline highlights

1849

The Australian Mutual Provident Society opens for business.

1860

Benjamin Short joins AMP as its first agent.

1876

The first Wellington AMP centre was built.

1910

AMP steps up during WWI and is the first company to provide assurance to soldiers.

1960

AMP opens its Auckland office.

1998

AMP lists on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges.

AMP acquires British funds management group Henderson.

AMP Scholarships started to help Kiwis achieve their dreams.

1999

AMP buys the general insurance company GIO Australia and UK mutual life insurer National Provident Institution (NPI).

AMP launches AMP Banking.

2000

AMP acquires Towry Law – a predominantly UK-based independent financial advice (IFA) company.

2001

AMP establishes a joint venture with Sanmar Insurance in India.

2003

UK life insurance and investment operations are split off in order to concentrate on AMP's traditional markets of New Zealand and Australia.

AMP sells AMP Banking in New Zealand to HSBC.

2004

AMP moves its head office from Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand's fastest growing market.

2007

AMP acquires Roost Mortgage Brokers, a national mortgage broking network.

2011

AMP and AXA Asia Pacific join forces to create a competitive new force in financial services.

2016

AMP integrates its Spicers and AdviceFirst businesses to provide specialist financial services through a nationwide network of advice experts.

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AMP Wealth Management New Zealand Limited is the issuer and manager of the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme (the 'Scheme'). The Supervisor of the Scheme is The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited.

For more information, download a copy of the AMP KiwiSaver Scheme Product Disclosure Statement and Fund Update Booklet, which have been lodged on the Scheme's offers register entry at companiesoffice.govt.nz/disclose.

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