Reserve Bank tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary

Release date
11 January 2008

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said today the special character of Sir Edmund Hillary was demonstrated in the fact that he was the only living New Zealander to have been chosen to feature on a New Zealand banknote.

Dr Bollard was commenting on the announcement that Sir Edmund has died today.

"We will all feel the loss of a truly remarkable man whose achievements and humility have inspired New Zealanders for so long.  We offer our condolences to Lady Hillary, Peter Hillary and their families."

Media Contact:
Mike Hannah
Head of Communications
Ph 04 4713671, 021497418, mike.hannah@rbnz.govt.nz