The second award was presented to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) for its ‘Brighter Money’ series of new polymer banknotes.

This is the first time New Zealand’s banknotes have been redesigned since 1999. The first two denominations, the $5 and $10, have gone into circulation, and will be followed by new $20, $50, and $100 notes next year.

The themes – respected New Zealanders, the Queen and flora and fauna – remain central to the designs, but these are brighter and bolder than their predecessors. All five denominations carry the same security features.

The principal features are SPARK® (representing a native bird on the front, with the same colour shift and movement in the fern on the reverse) and a large clear window with a hologram which features a fern and map of New Zealand, as well as the same bird that features on the left hand side of the note.

A new website was launched by the Bank, with the slogan ‘Brighter Money’ to reflect the bold colours and designs for the new notes.

The new notes have been designed and printed by Canadian Bank Note Company.