Fact sheets and guides
The Bank has released a number of publications that outline the work of the Bank in a short and accessible format for the general public.
Reserve Bank history, art & museum displays
Kiwis eager to check out New Zealand's decimal coins got a rude shock when the first two cent pieces spilled into their hands on 10 July 1967
A sheet highlighting some of the permanent exhibitions in the Reserve Bank Museum.
The Reserve Bank Museum is the only specialist economic and central banking museum in New Zealand, designed to educate and inform, highlighting and celebrating New Zealand’s wider economic and banking history, as well as the origins and role of the Reserve Bank.
A fact sheet describing the MONIAC hydraulic economic computer in the Reserve Bank Museum.
In 2009 the Reserve Bank marked its 75th year of operations three-quarters of a century spanning some of New Zealand’s most tumultuous decades.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has a formal coat of arms which features on the cover of many of the Bank's publications. The coat of arms is also the central element in the Reserve Bank's logo and a large-scale casting of it can be seen in the foyer of the Reserve Bank's Wellington office.
A fact sheet describing the role of James Berry in decimal coin design.
A fact sheet detailing the background and meaning of the carving over the main entrance of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
A fact sheet giving details of the art displays in the Reserve Bank foyer.
Brochures, fact sheets & guides
Inflation and deflation in the New Zealand context.
The Official Cash Rate (OCR) is an interest rate set by the Reserve Bank. It influences all other interest rates and is, in effect, the wholesale price of borrowing or lending money in New Zealand.
A brochure explaining how liquidity works in the New Zealand financial system.
A brochure explaining how monetary policy works in New Zealand, and the Reserve Bank’s role in implementing it.
An explanation of what credit ratings mean, and how to understand them.
In 2007 – 08 the United States, followed by the rest of the world, experienced a ‘Credit crunch’ that, by late 2008, had developed into the worst worldwide economic crisis since the Second World War. Although New Zealand was in a relatively good position, with a healthy banking system and sound economic fundamentals, the country still entered a prolonged recession.
A brochure explaining the Reserve Bank’s role in New Zealand’s economic history.
A brochure detailing the security features of New Zealand’s Series 6 banknotes.
Brief explanations of some of the more frequently used economic terms.
A booklet by financial writer Mary Holm outlining ways of evaluating risk when investing your money.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has been wholly owned by the New Zealand Government since 1936. Although it has statutory independence to carry out its functions under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989, the Reserve Bank is accountable to Parliament, and provides an annual dividend to the Government.