New Zealand banknotes (Series 7)
The Kiwis’ catch-all currency illustrates the danger of appeasing too many interests.
5 Comments on “New Zealand banknotes (Series 7)”
I agree, Florian. There are individual elements that are attractive and unique to New Zealand: the patterned strip on the left end, the Maori-inspired animal illustrations, the typeface from a local designer. But they combine with 15 other unrelated elements and colors to make an incoherent mishmash without a distincitive cultural identity.
I think the point you’re missing is that these designs precisely indicate NZ’s ambivalent attitude to design, and its inability to articulate much that’s “distinctive” beyond a small number of local brands. The notes capture that ambivalence just in the same way that the new flag design proposals do – they perfectly express a country ill at ease with itself and unable to articulate anything different. PS: Stephen, it’s Maori, not Mauri – “mauri” means something else entirely.
Oops, fixed. Thanks!
Oh my god. New Zealand, come oooon. This actually doesn’t surprise me at all given our current new flag debacle. Almost all of the contenders are ugly as sin and have turned new-flag-supporters into people voting no just so we don’t have a clip-art flag, which is fair enough in this case.
I would love to see Hone Heke, Hongi Hika or Timi Kara and not a queen with a meaningless title that insists on showing up on everyone’s currency, but it’s cool that we have scientists and mountain climbers and women’s rights activists in lieu of prime ministers and presidents. The day an Aboriginal person is featured on Canadian currency, where I am now, will be a cold day in hell. :/
My God what a mess!
I hope we arrive at a cashless society before this cash arrives in our pockets.