Brian Lang retires from the Reserve Bank

Release date
11 December 2006

The Reserve Bank announced today that Mr Brian Lang will be retiring from the Bank on 15 December 2006.

A career central banker, Brian Lang joined the Bank in 1962 and has filled a wide range of senior positions, including Chief Manager Registry; Chief Manager Computer Services; and Chief Manager Personnel. He was appointed to his present position, Head of Currency and Building Services, in 1991.

Mr Lang has been closely involved with the modernisation of New Zealand's bank notes and coins over the past 15 years. This includes introducing $1 and $2 coins in 1991; changing the designs and sizes of the bank notes in 1992/93; changing to polymer bank notes in 1999; and this year, improving our low value coins. 

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said Mr Lang has made a huge contribution to the Reserve Bank over the last 44 years. "Through the dedication of Mr Lang, the Reserve Bank has made considerable progress in advancing New Zealand's currency and making New Zealand a world leader in currency modernisation."

Alan Boaden, who has worked at the Bank for over 15 years, will replace Mr Lang as Head of Currency and Building Services. Mr Boaden has had a number of roles at the Bank. He worked in the Economics Department for 12 years, but more recently he managed the change-over to New Zealand's smaller lighter 50, 20 and 10 cent pieces.

Mr Boaden takes up his appointment on 18 December 2006.

For further information contact
Anthea Black
Communications Adviser
Ph 04 471 3767, 021 222 5225, anthea.black@rbnz.govt.nz