NZ’S new big notes re­vealed

South Waikato News - - Out & About - CHLOE WIN­TER

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.

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