About us

Since 1989, Avanti has helped nearly 100,000 New Zealanders by providing finance to buy a car, pay a bill or buy a home. Our customers come from around Aotearoa, from all walks of life, with different ages, incomes, gender and ethnicity.

At Avanti we live and breathe our values.

We put people first and treat everyone we deal with as individuals with unique circumstances, because we know that sometimes “life happens”.

We are relentlessly helpful in everything we do. And we believe that we’re not just here to support our customer’s finances but provide them with tools to support their lives. We know our stuff and do our best.

We do what’s right too, holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards. This is a responsibility we take very seriously.

Number of people we’ve helped:

97123

Years in business:

30

Number of cars we’ve helped buy:

34723

Number of customers we’ve helped buy a home:

1773

Avanti Finance Group is comprised of the following brands

Avanti Finance - Avanti is our flagship consumer brand, providing personal, car and home loans.

GetCapital - Fast and flexible loans for small to medium businesses looking to overcome a bump in the road or get ahead.

Bexhill Funding - Flexible insurance premium funding arrangements for advisers and their clients.

Branded Financial Services - New Zealand’s premium motor vehicle finance company, that specialises in high-end car finance.

Business Partners

Avanti Finance is partnered with some fantastic companies that share our values and offer helpful services for our customers.

Love My Money - A revolutionary online tool that works to change how people feel about money through offering new ways to budget, save and make the most of their money.

MyArt - From the gallery walls to your home. Get the art you’ve always wanted with interest-free loans.

Crane Brothers - A great suit is a long term investment. Get your own made-to-measure suit with an interest free loan.

Jetshare - Jetski Timeshares: Why buy or hire when you can share with 0% finance?

Our history

The Avanti Finance story started in 1989

It was founded on the premise that everyone deserves a chance to access what’s beyond arm’s reach, if they make the effort to stay the course.

‘Avanti’ (which means ‘go forward’ in Italian) was chosen as the name because we never stand still and we pride ourselves on helping people move forward, no matter what their situation. Our first customer was a woman who urgently needed a car loan and we’ve been there for everyday Kiwis ever since.

These days Avanti Finance is still privately owned and governed by a board chaired by Glenn Hawkins. Avanti Finance is led by our Chief Executive, Mark Mountcastle, supported by our executive management team.

As a member of the Financial Services Federation, Avanti Finance supports and promotes responsible behaviour in the provision of financial services to New Zealanders. 

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Meet our people

Avanti Finance wouldn’t be where it is today without its people

Mark Mountcastle

Chief Executive and Managing Director

Mark has overall responsibility for day-to-day operations and strategic planning. Mark joined us in 2015 with over 20 years’ experience across the finance industry.

Wayne Lockwood

Chief Financial Officer

A qualified accountant with over 30 years of finance experience, Wayne has been with Avanti since 2005. He works closely with the CEO and is involved in all Board discussions.

Steve Massey

Head of Sales & Channel

Responsible for Avanti’s customer base, introducer relationships, product and sales strategy. Steve has been with Avanti since 2003.

Sasha Lockley

Head of Customers & People

Leads Avanti’s ‘relentlessly helpful’ and ‘people first’ strategies for both staff and customers. Sasha has been with Avanti since 2015.

Mike Seward

Chief Risk Officer

Responsible for developing a framework for managing and minimising credit risk, alongside other risk areas. Mike joined Avanti in 2016.

Robin Hopkins

Head of Sales & Channel – Business

Responsible for the leadership and management of Avanti’s commercial business, GetCapital. Robin joined Avanti in 2016.

James Grieve

Head of Technology & Innovation

Heads up all technology operations and change, alongside process improvement and innovation, data infrastructure and the strategic planning process. James joined Avanti in 2017.

Paul Jamieson

Group Treasurer

Paul leads the Treasury function for Avanti having joined in July 2019 following 20 years in banking and financial markets in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

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Avanti Community Partners

Avanti Finance is a proud supporter of Dawson Road School as part of Duffy Books in Homes. At the end of school terms one and three we are invited to attend Role Model assemblies and present books to children that encourage them to continue reading and work hard in school.

The Duffy Books in Homes programme was developed to inspire a love of reading in children who may come from ‘bookless’ homes.  The idea behind the programme came from NZ author Alan Duff and we have been a part of it since the beginning over some 20 years ago. Duffy Books in Homes provides books to children from low-decile schools across New Zealand. It gives these children the opportunity to choose and own their very own books. The programme has since expanded into Australia and the United States and given over 10,000,000 books away since it started.

Careers

We’re always looking for people to join our team.

Our environment is friendly, inclusive, and focussed on genuinely helping our customers. The size of our business means that we’re small enough to be connected with each other, and large enough to invest in tools, innovation, and development opportunities for our people.

If this sounds like the type of environment that you would enjoy, take a look at some of the roles we’re currently recruiting for.

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