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Banknotes in circulation

This section provides details of New Zealand's banknotes in circulation—Series 6 and Series 7—and their security features and imagery. Both series are legal tender and have five denominations: the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote.

New Zealand banknotes are printed on polymer, which is a type of polypropylene plastic. This page has more information about the benefits of polymer and tips for handling polymer banknotes:

Polymer used on banknotes

On this page you can look up the serial numbers for all Series 7 banknotes:

Banknote Series 7 serial numbers

About Series 7 and Series 6 banknotes

Series 7

Series 7, also known as Brighter Money, began entering circulation in October 2015 ($5 and $10). The three remaining denominations began circulating in May 2016.

The Series 7 design themes are the same as for Series 6, featuring the same respected New Zealanders, Her Majesty the Queen, and New Zealand's flora and fauna. What's different from Series 6 is the notes have a brighter, clearer look, with the note denomination shown in larger print and greater colour contrast between notes.

Secondly, the Series 7 notes have more sophisticated security features that greatly enhance the overall design. They have very little text but feature additional Māori language:

  • Aotearoa – the Māori name for New Zealand.
  • Te Pūtea Matua – the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Māori name.
  • The names of the native birds on the reverse of the notes (hoiho, whio, kārearea, kōkako, mohua) are also written in Māori as previously.

Series 6