For teachers and students

The Reserve Bank has developed useful resources which may assist teachers and students with their courses and studies.

For more information on class visits to the Bank, see our School visits page

Worksheets & curricular resources
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The PIE Kit (people, inflation, economics) is a resource which was produced by the Reserve Bank in conjunction with Learning Media for Years 9 & 10 pupils. These colourful kits were issued to all secondary schools in New Zealand in March 1997.
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For junior students (7 to 8 year olds). A story about inflation with some simple mathematical calculations.
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Since March 1999, the Reserve Bank has used the Official Cash Rate (OCR) as its tool for controlling inflation. Here, we take a closer look at how the OCR system works — who pays this interest rate, and why do they pay it?
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Brief explanations of some of the more frequently used economic terms.
Useful fact sheets & guides
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Take a closer look at the notes and coins in circulation in New Zealand.
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A booklet by financial writer Mary Holm outlining ways of evaluating risk when investing your money.
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Inflation and deflation in the New Zealand context.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - What is the Official Cash Rate?
The Official Cash Rate (OCR) is an interest rate set by the Reserve Bank. It influences all other interest rates and is, in effect, the wholesale price of borrowing or lending money in New Zealand.
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Brief explanations of some of the more frequently used economic terms.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - The history of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
In 2009 the Reserve Bank marked its 75th year of operations three-quarters of a century spanning some of New Zealand’s most tumultuous decades.