More Fun Money

To celebrate a year of this blog (and our gainful employment during that time), here’s a quick post about NZ money. We covered the main bills over a year ago but missed an important one: the hundred dollar bill!

The front, featuring Lord Rutherford of Nelson.
The front, featuring Lord Rutherford of Nelson.
The back, featuring a motua oryellowhead.
The back, featuring a motua or yellowhead.

The front of the bill labels this guy as Lord Rutherford of Nelson, but to a trained physicist like me, I know him best as Ernest Rutherford, discoverer of the atomic nucleus. Who knew he was from New Zealand, though?? He also did lots of research into radiation, defining the concept of a half-life and finding the difference between alpha and beta radiation, and for this work he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (which is ironic as he once said “all science is either physics or stamp collecting”). Definitely a guy worthy of the hundred dollar bill.

The bird on the back is one we haven’t seen yet as it lives only on the South Island. The yellowheads are, sensibly, the cousins to the North Island whiteheads (which we have seen), but like their kin are suffering from extreme habitat loss. They live in extended family groups in native forest. I’m not as sure why they got the top spot on the hundred (as opposed to, say, a kiwi perhaps?), but I can’t wait to see them when we travel south!

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