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
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - The 1967 two cent 'mule'
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
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - About 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.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - Bill Phillips and the MONIAC
A fact sheet describing the MONIAC hydraulic economic computer in the Reserve Bank Museum.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - The history of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
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.
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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.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - James Berry and NZ's 1967 decimal coins
A fact sheet describing the role of James Berry in decimal coin design.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - Punatoto - the life force
A fact sheet detailing the background and meaning of the carving over the main entrance of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Brochures, fact sheets & guides
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - What is inflation?
Inflation and deflation in the New Zealand context.
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New Zealand house prices have seen a significant rise in the past 12 months which has raised concerns here at the Reserve Bank of the vulnerabilities that this poses to the economy’s financial stability.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - Explaining financial system liquidity
A brochure explaining how liquidity works in the New Zealand financial system.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - Know your credit ratings
An explanation of what credit ratings mean, and how to understand them.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - The origins of the 'Credit crunch' and recession
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.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - The Reserve Bank and New Zealand's economic history
A brochure explaining the Reserve Bank’s role in New Zealand’s economic history.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - Security features of New Zealand banknotes
A brochure detailing the security features of New Zealand’s Series 6 banknotes.
Thumbnail - Guide - Upside, downside: a guide to risk for savers and investors
A booklet by financial writer Mary Holm outlining ways of evaluating risk when investing your money.