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$100 banknote

This page provides details of the security features, size and images used on the $100 banknote.

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Nominal sizes

The Series 7 banknotes nominal sizes are the same as the Series 6:

Denomination Length (mm) Height (mm)
$100 155 74


$100 banknote images (front)


Image Description Significance
Lord Rutherford of Nelson portrait Ernest, Lord Rutherford of Nelson (1871–1937) is internationally recognised as the ‘father of the atom’. He changed the basic understanding of atomic science on three occasions. He explained the perplexing problem of naturally occurring radioactivity, determined the structure of the atom, and changed one element into another.
Nobel Prize medal and radioactivity diagram Lord Rutherford was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1908 ‘for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances’. Overlaying the medallion is a graph plotting the results from Lord Rutherford’s investigations into naturally occurring radioactivity.
Tukutuku 'whakaaro kotahi'
The Tukutuku panel pattern is known as ‘whakaaro kotahi’. It is from the Wharenui Kaakati at Whakatū Marae in Nelson. The pattern symbolises the unity and consensus of the six iwi of Whakatū Marae in the Nelson area. Lord Rutherford identified strongly with the Nelson area and considered the region his home. When he accepted his peerage, he took the title Lord Rutherford of Nelson.

Ko te tauira e whakamahia nei hei kaupapa mō te moni pēke $100 ko Whakaaro Kotahi, mai i te wharenui o Kaakati, i Whakatū Marae, i te Tauihu o Te Waka. Ka noho ko Whakaaro Kotahi hei whakaahuatanga mō te kotahitanga me te noho pipiri o ngā iwi e ono o te marae o Whakatū, i te takiwā o Whakatū. He kaha tonu te piringa o Rutherford ki te takiwā o Whakatū, ā, nō tana whakaaetanga ki te tūranga rangatira ka taunahatia e ia te ingoa Lord Rutherford of Nelson. Ka noho tonu i roto i a ia tēnei whakaaro, ko tēnei rohe o Aotearoa tōna kāinga, ā, mate noa.


$100 banknote images (back)


Image Description Significance
(Mohoua ochrocephala)
The yellowhead or mōhua (Mohoua ochrocephala) is sometimes known as the bush canary. This small and colourful bird nests in tree holes, making it vulnerable to predators. It can be found in small isolated populations in the South Island and Stewart Island/Rakiura.

For more information, see the Department of Conservation website
Eglinton Valley Eglinton Valley is located within the Fiordland National Park on the Te Anau-Milford Sound highway. It is home to a red beech forest and the yellowhead bird.
Red beech/Tawhairaunui
(Fuscospora fusca)
Red Beech or Tawhairaunui (Fuscospora fusca) grow up to 30 metres high and are named for the colouring of their young leaves. They are the favoured habitat of the yellowheads in Eglinton Valley near Milford Sound.
South Island lichen moth
(Declana egregia)
The South Island lichen moth (Declana egregia), also known as the zebra moth, is found in Fiordland beech forests where it blends perfectly with the lichens that cling to the trunks of the trees.

Image credit

The Alexander Turnbull Library licensed the use of the Lord Rutherford portrait.