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The Reserve Bank has a number of functions and powers, and undertakes a number of activities, for what are broadly "financial stability" purposes, including:
- Banking system oversight - registration and supervision of banks in New Zealand.
- Non-bank deposit takers - information for industry participants and the general public on the current development of the prudential regulation regime for non-bank deposit takers (NBDTs).
- Insurance sector - information about the prudential supervision of insurance.
- Anti-money laundering - information for banks, non-bank deposit takers, life insurers and other interested parties on the AML regime.
- Payment system oversight - monitoring the New Zealand payment system. The following sections provide
- Macro-prudential policy - information about the proposed macro-prudential policy framework and instruments.
The Reserve Bank's approach to prudential supervision is described in our Statement of Supervisory Approach.
The Statement of Enforcement Approach broadly outlines the Reserve Bank's approach to enforcement in the event of identified non-compliance. The Bank will continue to refine its enforcement approach, and will update this statement and provide further information as necessary.
A letter regarding the restructure of the Prudential Supervision Department (PDF 1MB) was published in July 2012.
Financial Stability Report
The Reserve Bank assesses and reports on financial stability issues in its six-monthly Financial Stability Report.
8 February 2006 - Briefing released The Reserve Bank made public today, under the Official Information Act, a briefing on recent NZD Uridashi bond flows (PDF 128KB), prepared prior to meetings between New Zealand and Japanese officials in December 2005.
Domestic Markets has information on the Reserve Bank's liquidity management operations, including Open Market Operations (OMO's) and standby facilities for cash and New Zealand government bonds.
Foreign reserves has information on the Reserve Bank's foreign reserves management and foreign exchange intervention policy.