View the Reserve Bank’s latest news conferences, educational videos, speeches and lectures. Older videos are available on the Reserve Bank’s YouTube channel.
The Reserve Bank uses the Official Cash Rate (OCR) in two ways to influence the short-term interest rates your bank offers you.
Stress testing is a tool to assess how banks might cope with a severe economic downturn. This video explains how stress tests work and why the Reserve Bank of New Zealand uses them in its role as prudential regulator.
The Reserve Bank uses the six-weekly Official Cash Rate (OCR) decision to dial up or down the cost of money, which affects our spending, saving and investing decisions. Learn how the OCR affects you.
A short animated video about how the New Zealand economy works, who the main players are and the Reserve Bank's key role.
A short animated video about how money works - its functions and the role the Reserve Bank plays in it.
Ryland Thomas, author of 'Money creation in the modern economy', explains how money is created and the central bank's role in money creation.
A short presentation to explain the concept of compound interest, and how it affects your savings.
Introducing pioneering New Zealand economist Bill Phillips' amazing hydro-mechanical economic computer.
Former Head of Macro Financial Stability, Bernard Hodgetts, explains the role of macro-prudential policy and the tools the Reserve Bank has to smooth out boom-bust cycles.
Head of Department Financial System Policy and Analysis, Toby Fiennes, explains how regulation helps to promote a sound and efficient financial system, and why everyone has a role to play.
Former Chief Economist, John McDermott, explains how inflation is measured and how it manifests itself in everyday life. He also explains the importance of maintaining price stability.
In this video the Reserve Bank explains its three key roles: managing inflation; producing currency; and regulating banks, finance companies and insurers.
An introduction to the history and role of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as revealed in the displays in the Reserve Bank Museum & Education Centre, Wellington, New Zealand.
In this video we explore how global economic shocks impact New Zealand and how the Reserve Bank predicts and prepares for them.
In this video we explain how the Reserve Bank monitors banks, ensuring they aren't over-exposed to risky debt, so they can stay strong and healthy.
Did you know everyone has a credit score which indicates how good they are paying debts? Well, your banks have a similar one called a credit rating.
When a bank suffers large and unexpected losses, they rely on capital to absorb those losses before affecting their creditors
When banks make loans to households and businesses like farms and a whole heap of others – these are considered assets for the banks. A common way to measure the quality of these assets is by the amount of these loans that are non performing.
Profitability is the difference between a bank’s income and expenses.
A bank’s balance sheet is a snapshot of its finances at a certain point in time, and represents activities like making loans to households, businesses and, taking deposits.
Banks in NZ need to hold assets that they can quickly call on so that they can serve the day-to-day needs of their customers. This is what’s known as liquidity.
Credit concentration measures how well diversified a bank’s lending is.
Amber Wadsworth talks about her Bulletin article "What is digital currency?"
Jamie Culling talks about his Bulletin article "How does New Zealand stack up? A comparison of labour supply across the OECD"
Michael Callaghan discusses his Bulletin article, 'The New Zealand dollar in global markets'
Matthew Wright discusses his Bulletin article, 'A litmus test for society: Reserve Bank decimal note designs 1967-2017'
Matthew Wright discusses his Bulletin article 'The imagery and themes of the Series 7 ‘Brighter Money’ banknotes'.
Economic analyst Amber Wadsworth (nee Watson) discusses her Bulletin article 'Disruption or distraction? How digitisation is changing New Zealand banks and core banking systems'
Explore the banknote’s sophisticated security features and learn how to identify a genuine banknote by the ‘look, feel and tilt’ sensory approach used by other central banks.
Find out what happens to New Zealand banknotes, from how they are made, sorted and circulated, to what happens when they are no longer fit for circulation.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers on the 11th November 1918. The Royal Canadian Mint and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand have collaborated to create a new coloured coin to commemorate this historic event.
Compliments of the Royal Canadian Mint, this video shows how Anzac circulating commemorative coins are made.
Banknote gauges to help people with sight loss better identify New Zealand’s currency have been released by the Reserve Bank in collaboration with organisations representing the blindness community.
Decimal currency was introduced to New Zealand on 10 July 1967. A great deal of work was required to make the change from Imperial currency, including a huge publicity campaign. A series of advertisements on television introduced the concepts to viewers in New Zealand.
This footage tells the story of the distribution of currency for decimalisation on 10 July 1967. $120m of currency, weighing 730 tonnes was sent to nearly 600 bank branches around the country by plane, ferry, truck and train between April and June 1967 as part of “Operation Overlander”. Everything went without a hitch and not one cent was lost!
On 11 April 2016, Governor-General Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae along with the Reserve Bank launched the final three denominations in a series of new banknotes that include new security features.
Watch the videos of the Brighter Money launch, from the first announcement in November 2014 to the launch of the $20, $50 and $100 banknotes in April 2016.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation. Take a look at what Hauraki's Matt and Jeremy have been up to with the brand new $20 note.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation! The Hits' Flynny was lucky enough to check out the $50 note.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation. ZM's Guy and Georgia were lucky enough to check out the $100 note.
Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand discusses the Bank’s risk management framework, reserves management, and relationship with the Government in a video interview with Central Banking.com. The interview follows Mr Bascand’s recent speech to the National Asset-Liability Management conference in London.
Deputy Governor, Geoff Bascand, explains our approach to communication, and the importance of transparency and credibility.
A public lecture by Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics, introduced by Dr Alan Bollard held on 30 July 2009, Wellington, New Zealand.
The Bill Phillips lecture by Dr Alan Bollard, 16 July 2008.
Watch the winning presentation from Auckland Grammar, 2nd place presentation from Mt Albert Grammar and third place presentation from Macleans College at the 2018 national final of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Monetary Policy Challenge (MPC).
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