NZ’S new big notes revealed
The new $20, $50 and $100 bank notes are bound to give you something to squawk about – well, the karearea definitely had something to say about them.
Perched on a small stand at Government House on Monday, Shaheena the New Zealand falcon flapped her wings and squawked in front of the new $20 note, which her species shares with the Queen.
Governor-general Sir Jerry Mateparae said it was the first time a Karearea had set foot in the ballroom of Government House.
He described the falcon as a taonga – a treasure.
‘‘It is a delight to see it here, as an example of the native fauna depicted on our bank notes – creatures that are unique to our country, that are a part of our sense of place, our sense of home and which deserves our protection.’’
Launching the new $20, $50 and $100 is the last stage of the revamp of the currency, with new $5 and $10 notes already in circulation.
They will be in circulation from May 16, but it may take a few weeks – even months – before Kiwis lay eyes on them.
Mateparae said the banknotes and coins were the national emblems that were most frequently accessed by all citizens.
‘‘They reflect who and what we value and remember, our treasures, our taonga; and they portray what we want others to know about where we see ourselves in this world...
‘‘I am sure that New Zealanders will appreciate the quality and enhanced integrity of the new notes.’’
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler said the innovations in the banknotes and their ability to include sophisticated anti-counterfeiting technology were notable.
‘‘Global banknote technology has advanced to a state where sophisticated design can be incorporated into a security feature to make the banknote both hard to counterfeit and visually appealing.’’
All the new banknotes incorporate the same four main security features, which are the holographic window, colour-changing bird, puzzle number and raised ink. Concept designs had already been circulated, however this is first time the final design has been made public.
Governor-general Sir Jerry Mateparae at the launch with a karearea (or New Zealand falcon), which appears on the $20 note.