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$10 banknote

This page provides details of the security features, size and images used on the $10 banknote.

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Nominal sizes

The series 7 banknotes nominal sizes are the same as Series 6.

Denomination Length (mm) Height (mm)
$10 140 68

$10 images (front)

Image Description Significance
Kate Sheppard portrait Kate Sheppard (1848–1934) was a prominent leader of the campaign to give women the vote in New Zealand, working tirelessly to organise and promote this cause. A long campaign culminated in 1893 when New Zealand became the first country in the world where all adults could vote in general elections.
White camellia
(Camellia japonica ‘alba plena’)
In 1893, white camellias were given to members of parliament who had supported the bill to give New Zealand universal suffrage. The flower has become a symbol of the fight for the vote by New Zealand women. The flower on the $10 dollar is Camellia japonica ‘alba plena’.
"purapura whetu"
This pattern is mangaroa or the Milky Way star constellation (also known as purapura whetu). It is taken from Te Hau ki Turanga meeting house in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

It represents the stars. In one tradition, these are the stars used to navigate to Aotearoa and symbolise the finding of a new direction. In another tradition, the multitude of stars in the heavens reflect the multitude of people in Aotearoa: Māori and Pakeha, men and women.

Te ingoa o tēnei tauira ko Te Mangaroa (tētahi o ōna ingoa ko purapura whetū).

Hei tūtohu tēnei tauira mō ngā whetū. Ki tētahi kōrero ā-iwi, koia ēnei ngā whetū nāna i taki mai ngā waka ki Aotearoa, ā, noho tonu iho hei tohu mō te rapunga huarahi hou. Ki tētahi atu kōrero ā-iwi, hei tohu te tini whetū i te rangi mō te tini o ngā iwi kei Aotearoa: Māori mai, Pākehā mai, tāne mai, wāhine mai.

$10 images (back) 

Image Description Significance
Blue duck/whio
(Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)
The blue duck or whio (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) is an endangered species found mainly in mountainous areas of New Zealand. It is almost always seen in pairs or family groups, which tend to live on the same river for most of their lives.

In 1903, it became the first New Zealand bird species to be fully protected. Habitat loss and introduced predators (for example, stoats) are seen as the main threats to the whio’s survival.
(Blechnum novae-zelandiae)
The kiokio (Blechnum novae-zelandiae) is a very common fern throughout New Zealand and is found in various places including riverbanks and regularly lining roadside cuttings. Young fronds can be tinged red.
Pineapple scrub
(Dracophyllum menziesii)
Pineapple scrub (Dracophyllum menziesii) is a shrub in the heath family whose leaves resemble those of pineapple. It is found in the southwestern South Island and Stewart Island. The scientific name honours Archibald Menzies who collected plants from Fiordland in 1791.

Image credits

The Canterbury Museum licensed the portrait of Kate Sheppard.

The white camellia (Camellia japonica alba plena) was taken by photographer Stephen A’Court.

Tukutuku ‘purapura whetu’ is courtesy of Tairawhiti Museum.

The blue duck/Whio (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) was taken by photographer Rod Morris.

Kiokio (Blechnum novae-zelandiae) and pineapple scrub (Dracophyllum menziesii) were taken by photographer Rob Suisted.