$50

Details of the security features, size and images used on the $50 banknote.

The front of the 50 dollar banknote showing the different security features

The back of the 50 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)

$50

150

72

$50 images (front)

Image

Description

Significance

Sir Apirana Ngata portrait

Sir Apirana Ngata portrait

Sir Apirana Ngata

Sir Apirana Ngata (1874 – 1950) played a significant role in the revival of Māori people and culture during the early years of the twentieth century. He was the first Māori to graduate from a New Zealand university, and an elected Member of Parliament for 38 years

Porourangi meeting house

Porourangi meeting house

Porourangi Meeting House

Porourangi Meeting House was first built in 1888, designed by Major Rōpata Wahawaha.

The meeting house is significant for the Ngata family. It stands alongside the original Ngata family home and Waiomatatini Marae, near Ruatōria, and is a showcase for Māori art.

Tukutuku 'poutama'

Tukutuku "poutama"

Tukutuku panel “Poutama”

This Tukutuku pattern is known as Poutama and means stairway to heaven. It is a feature in the Porourangi meeting house.

Ko Poutama te ingoa o tēnei tukutuku, arā, ko te pikinga ki ngā rangi. He tauira tēnei i roto i te wharenui o Porourangi.

$50 images (back)

Image

Description

Significance

Kōkako

Kōkako

Kōkako

The Kōkako or blue wattled crow (Callaeas wilsoni) is a large native bird with a distinctive bluish-grey body with a black face ‘mask’ and sky blue wattles. The variety on the note is the North Island kokako.

For more information see the Department of Conservation website

Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park, located in the central North Island, stretches for 78,000 hectares. It is one of the most ecologically significant forests in New Zealand and is home to a large population of Kōkako.

Sky-Blue mushroom

Sky-Blue mushroom
(Entoloma hochstetteri)

Sky-blue mushroom

The sky-blue mushroom (Entoloma hochstetteri) grows throughout New Zealand. It is notable for its bright blue colour which fades with age.

The Alexander Turnbull Library licensed the use of the Sir Apirana Ngata portrait.

The Porourangi meeting house image was supplied by Heni Tawhiwhirangi.

View images of the Series 7 banknotes on Flickr.