New Zealand $5 (2015) Sir Edmund Hillary
04-March-2018 02:30:54 PM
New Zealand
5 New Zealand Dollar
Issued Date/Year
2015 CE - Common Era
Note Type
Polymer - Circulation
Front Description
Back Description

Graeme Wheeler
New Zealand $5 (2015) Sir Edmund Hillary
Reserve Bank of New Zealand $5, Sir Edmund Hillary, New 2015 Polymer Issue, Gem.

This new design, introduced on December 10, 2015, was awarded The 2015 Banknote of the Year by The International Banknote Society in March 2016. It was pronounced a "clear winner" among the nearly 40 eligible designs from a record 20 countries. It is one of nearly 150 new banknotes release in 2015. to be eligible, a banknote must have been issued for the first time during the award year and be in general circulation.

The new note, printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company in Ottawa, is part of the Reserve Bank's new "Brighter Money" banknote upgrade series which includes "improved security features, vibrant imagery, and innovative design". It shows mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary facing the South Island's Aoraki/Mount Cook on the front and, on the back, images of a rare yellow-eyed penguin and local flora. Advanced security features are numerous and include very attractively designed polymer window images.

Colour Change
Security feature
Check the colour changing yellow-eyed penguin - as you move the note, the colour inside the bird changes and a bar rolls diagonally across the bird shape.

Holographic window
Security feature
Check the transparent window and hologram inside - as you spin the note, colours appear inside the new, larger window.
You will see a silver fern, map of New Zealand and the same bird featured on the note. A number is embossed into the bottom of the window.

Raised ink
Security feature
You can feel raised print on the large numbers and words "Reserve Bank of New Zealand Te Pūtea Matua" and "New Zealand Aotearoa".

Puzzle Number
Security feature
Check the puzzle number - holding the note up to the light will make the irregular shapes on the front and the back of the note line up to show the number 5.

Sir Edmund Hillary
(1919 - 2008)
Sir Edmund Hillary is New Zealand's best known mountaineer.
In 1953, he and Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and in 1958 Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to drive over continental Antarctica to the South Pole.

Tukutuku panel
The pattern included on the banknote is called kaokao and is from the Tane-Nui-A-Rangi meeting house on the University of Auckland marae.
The kaokao pattern symbolises the strength and shelter of the Māori meeting house and mountains – both of which feature prominently in proverbs and aphorisms of the Māori people.
Ko te ingoa o te tauira i tēnei moni pēke ko kaokao, ā, i takea mai i te whare nui o Tāne-Nui-a-Rangi, i te marae o Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau.
Hei tohu te tauira kaokao nei mō te kaha me te whakaruruhau o te wharenui Māori, me ngā maunga o te motu – ēnei mea e rua ka kōrero nuitia i roto i ngā whakataukī o te iwi Māori.

Mount Cook/Aoraki
Mount Cook/Aoraki, in the South Island, is New Zealand's highest mountain.
It was the scene of Sir Edmund Hillary's earliest major climbing successes, and was regarded by Hillary as one of his favourite mountains.

Campbell Island Daisy
Pleurophyllum speciosum
This plant has colourful pink and purple flower heads and is a mega-herb in the daisy family, found on Campbell and Auckland Islands.
Here the plants grow close to the ground to avoid the strong winds.

Campbell Island
Campbell Island is the southernmost of New Zealand's subantarctic islands (approx. 600 kilometres southeast of Stewart Island) and a population of yellow-eyed penguin live and breed here.
This view of Campbell Island shows Northwest Bay from the slopes of Mt Azimuth.

Yellow-eyed penguin/Hoiho
Megadyptes antipodes
The hoiho is unique to New Zealand and is one of the world's rarest penguins. They are found along the south-eastern coastline of the South Island, and on Stewart, Campbell and the Auckland Islands.
The hoiho has a distinctive yellow iris and a yellow band of feathers across the back of its head. Adults are grey-blue on the back, with a snow-white belly and pink feet. Uniquely for penguins they are solitary nesters and will travel quite far inland to do so. The species is threatened by habitat destruction by humans, and predation of chicks by stoats, dogs, ferrets, and cats.
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