The number of Kiwis using contactless payments has jumped over 20% compared to just a year ago.
The MasterCard survey of over 1000 New Zealanders found 85% of Kiwis have increased their use of contactless payments over the past year.
Two thirds of New Zealanders are regularly using the technology citing that it is convenient and it saves time.
Uptake of contactless technology has accelerated as people are using the technology to make small everyday purchases. 40% of those surveyed say they use it in the supermarket, 24% in retail shops and 43% saying they use it whenever they can or frequently. The number of frequent users is up a third on last years’ survey.
MasterCard says New Zealand has been one of the fastest countries to adopt contactless technology– for the simple reason that it is easy, safe and fast. Customers can simply tap their card on a contactless terminal and go. The card remains in the customer’s hands at all times which improves speed and security of the transaction.
Over a third of respondents say they get frustrated when retailers do not have contactless technology available. 39% said they would be most likely to use it at contactless-enabled cafés and coffee shops.
This monthly Perceptive Omnibus surveyed 1007 New Zealanders online in October 2015 using a nationwide sampling framework. The results are then weighted to Statistics New Zealand census gender, age and location data.
The survey and its accompanying reports do not represent MasterCard’s financial performance.
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