Finance Minister Grant Robertson put the hard word on bank bosses during a Friday morning conference call while the ANZ Bank has brought in a public relations heavyweight to assist with crisis management.

The Herald understands that Robertson told chief executives from the major banks that he was under pressure to call a royal commission into banking on the back of controversies related to ANZ and its departing chief executive David Hisco.

The Finance Minister also wanted to discuss the conduct and culture of the major banks, a person close to the discussion says.

Robertson said it was not his

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ANZ calls in PR heavyweight

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