Housing New Zealand
New Zealand’s environmental, social and governance (ESG)-themed bond market took another giant leap on 28 March, with the pricing of Housing New Zealand (Housing NZ)’s debut sustainability bond. The deal nearly doubles the total size of the New Zealand ESG-themed market and drove investor diversity and a positive pricing outcome for the issuer.
Housing New Zealand (Housing NZ) has issued more than half its borrowing protocol limit as well as the largest green, social and sustainability (GSS)-themed bond in New Zealand, despite re-entering the market barely a year ago. Sam Direen, Wellington-based treasurer at Housing NZ, says the issuer’s journey is only just beginning.
On 2 July, Housing New Zealand (Housing NZ) (AA+ by S&P) announced that it is not imminently considering issuance, following changes to the Responsible Ministers for Housing on 28 June. An investor conference call, scheduled for 2 July, and initially slated to sound investors for a tap of the issuer’s June 2025 and October 2028 lines, will go ahead but the likely timeframe for issuance has been postponed.
On 26 June, Housing New Zealand (Housing NZ) (AA+ by S&P) mandated ANZ and Westpac Banking Corporation New Zealand Branch to arrange an investor conference call on 2 July, regarding a potential tap of its existing June 2025 and October 2028 lines.
The KangaNews Sustainable Debt Summit 2019 took place in Sydney on 18 March with a record number of delegates in attendance. The tone of discussion at the event has evolved in recent years, with the emphasis now much more clearly on delivery – the ‘how’ and ‘what’ as opposed to the ‘why’ of sustainable finance.