$100

Details of the security features, size and images used on the $100 banknote.

The front of the 100 dollar banknote showing the different security features

The back of the 100 dollar banknote showing the different security features

Learn more about the security features of our banknotes

Nominal sizes

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

Denomination

Length (mm)

Height (mm)

$100

155

74

$100 images (front)

Image

Description

Significance

Lord Rutherford of Nelson portrait

Lord Rutherford of Nelson portrait

Lord Rutherford of Nelson

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

Nobel Prize medal and Radioactivity Diagram

Nobel Prize Medal

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”

Tukutuku "whakaaro kotahi"

Tukutuku panel “whakaaro kotahi”

The pattern used as a background on the $100 is called Whakaaro Kotahi from the Wharenui Kaakati at Whakatū Marae in Nelson.

Whakaaro Kotahi is a representation of the unity and consensus of the six Iwi of Whakatū Marae in the Nelson area. Rutherford identified strongly with the Nelson area and when he accepted his peerage he took the title Lord Rutherford of Nelson. He always considered this part of New Zealand home.

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 images (back)

Image

Description

Significance

Yellowhead/Mōhua

Yellowhead/Mōhua
(Mohoua ochrocephala)

Yellowhead/Mōhua

The Mōhua or Yellowhead (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

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 interior and the Yellowhead.

Red Beech/Tawhairaunui

Red Beech/Tawhairaunui
(Fuscospora fusca)

Red Beech

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.

South Island lichen moth

South Island lichen moth
(Declana egregia)

South Island lichen moth

The South Island lichen moth (Declana egregia), also known as the zebra moth, is found in Fiordland beech forests. The moths blend perfectly with the lichens that cling to the trunks of the trees.

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

View images of the Series 7 banknotes on Flickr.