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Our financial education videos

Our educational videos are a collection of useful resources to explain important financial concepts. 

Community groups, schools and organisations involved in financial literacy are welcome to post a link to these resources on their websites or Facebook pages.

Learn about important financial concepts

How does the Reserve Bank influence interest rates?

The Reserve Bank uses the Official Cash Rate (OCR) in two ways to influence the short-term interest rates your bank offers you.

3m 19s

Stress tests

Stress testing is a tool to assess how banks might cope with a severe economic downturn. This video explains how stress tests work and why the Reserve Bank of New Zealand uses them in its role as prudential regulator.

2m 00s

The OCR and how it works

We use the six-weekly Official Cash Rate (OCR) decision to dial up or down the cost of money, which affects our spending, saving and investing decisions. Learn how the OCR affects you.

3m 17s

What is the economy?

A short animated video about how the New Zealand economy works, who the main players are and the Reserve Bank's key role.

2m 22s

What is money?

A short animated video about how money works - its functions and the role the Reserve Bank plays in it.

4m 04s

Money creation in the modern economy

Ryland Thomas, author of 'Money creation in the modern economy', explains how money is created and the central bank's role in money creation.

5m 07s

Compound interest

A short presentation to explain the concept of compound interest, and how it affects your savings.

3m 11s

Making money flow: the MONIAC

Introducing pioneering New Zealand economist Bill Phillips' amazing hydro-mechanical economic computer.

This is located in our museum and education centre, Wellington, New Zealand.

Go to our museum and education centre webpage

4m 37s

On the money

Risk, regulation and responsible choices

Head of Department Financial System Policy and Analysis, Toby Fiennes, explains how regulation helps to promote a sound and efficient financial system, and why everyone has a role to play.

3m 25s

Inflation — a thief in your wallet

Former Chief Economist, John McDermott, explains how inflation is measured and how it manifests itself in everyday life. He also explains the importance of maintaining price stability.

3m 43s

Speeches and lectures

Communication, understanding and credibility

Former Deputy Governor, Geoff Bascand, explains our approach to communication, and the importance of transparency and credibility.

3m 01s

The financial crisis: whodunnit?

A public lecture by Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics, introduced by Dr Alan Bollard held on 30 July 2009, Wellington, New Zealand.

20m 25s

How a unique man built a machine, drew a curve and helped world economics advance

The Bill Phillips lecture by Dr Alan Bollard, 16 July 2008.

1h 12m 10s

What we do

What we do

In this video we explain our purpose and the mahi we do on behalf of all New Zealanders.

1m 00s

Past, present, future: the Reserve Bank

An introduction to the history and role of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as revealed in the displays in the Reserve Bank Museum & Education Centre, Wellington, New Zealand.

6m 46s

Global forces: Is New Zealand's economy safe from global shocks?

In this video we explore how global economic shocks impact New Zealand and how the Reserve Bank predicts and prepares for them.

1m 37s

Keeping banks healthy: How do we monitor the health of banks?

In this video we explain how the Reserve Bank monitors banks, ensuring they aren't over-exposed to risky debt, so they can stay strong and healthy.

1m 43s