Westpac says it has completed "proof of concept" testing to allow customers to access mobile banking via finger print scanning.
The bank claims this is a world first and hopes to have the ability to do this available to customers "very soon."
The testing has been done on the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone.
Westpac has a stated aim of being New Zealand's best digital bank this year, and the world’s best next year. See Simon Pomeroy, Westpac's chief digital officer, talking about Westpac's digital strategy here.
Meanwhile, Westpac has applied to the Intellectual Property Office to use the PayTag name along with ASB. Yesterday ASB announced plans to trial a mobile wallet in partnership with Visa called ASB PayTag. Westpac works with MasterCard.