Ko wai matou / Who we are

All New Zealanders have dreams, hopes, plans and goals. To achieve them we need a stable economy and safe banking system built on integrity, innovation and inclusion. And that's exactly what we at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua enable. A trusted system, that gives Kiwis the confidence to make the spending and savings decisions that matter most to them.

Maori legend tells us Tāne Mahuta, god and guardian of the forest and birds, enabled life to thrive within his ecosystem. Inspired by the Tāne Mahuta legend, we have adopted the story of the kaitiaki to reflect our stewardship of Aotearoa's financial system, doing all we can to enable a sustainable, productive and efficient economy.

We have a clear goal: to improve the wellbeing and living standards of New Zealanders so that we, and the generations to come, continue to enjoy this great country.

Every day we work to protect the value of the NZ dollar and to keep our banking system safe and sound. Our work enables our economy to grow, people to be in work and means we can all rely on the banking system as we spend, borrow and save in our daily lives. We achieve this by keeping prices stable, supervising banks and insurance companies, managing the wholesale money system and producing New Zealand’s currency.

We are hugely passionate about what we do and the impact it has on Kiwi businesses, communities and whanau. Enabling New Zealand takes expertise, determination and a strong commitment to working collaboratively with our partners. We carry this responsibility with great pride.

What we do

Watch this short video that explains the role the Reserve Bank has in our society.

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Our culture

We have a friendly and open environment that encourages not only working together but also celebrating our achievements together. Social club activities like our Mid-Year Ball, various Quiz Nights and a Christmas party for employees’ children are just some of our social highlights that are organised by the Bank. Sports lovers at the Bank organise indoor netball and touch rugby sports teams, in addition to the ‘Trot around the Bot’ where you can run or walk around the beautiful Wellington Botanical Gardens. We also have other local or team-led events. For instance, one of the floors organised a floor-wide sweepstake for the RWC, other teams held a Melbourne Cup night, and recently there was a fiercely competitive table tennis tourney set up in one of the seminar rooms.

Continuing to invest in your career is important, so we support this by providing an average of 20 hours training for everyone each year, on top of offering courses and coaching to support development of interpersonal, professional and leadership skills or other areas of expertise.

We are on a journey to celebrate and increase our diversity and have initiated some internal networks that support our focus. We are excited about our diversity networks increasing partnerships and welcome new participants.

We have a unique culture that we are proud of and think it’s one of the benefits of working with us.