Brian Lang joined the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1962.In 1984 he was appointed to Senior Management – Head of Computer Services; Head of Registry; Head of Human Resources and in 1990 was appointed Head of Currency, responsible for bank note and coin issue. He held this position until 2006 when he retired.

Publication: 2009 Central Bank Management, chapter 13, “What is the optimal role for central banks in the supply of currency to the community”.


  • 1990: Managed cash operation including 3 processing centres and commemorative currency sales & marketing.
  • 1991: Managed introduction of $1 and $2 coins to replace same denomination bank notes.
  • 1992/93: Managed tender and introduction of new design and sized bank notes.
  • 1994/95: Re-organised cash operations, attained ISO 9002 accreditation.
  • 1999: Managed tender and introduction of Guardian® polymer bank notes.
  • 2000/2001: Managed downsizing of cash operations, closing branch operations.
  • 2005/06: Managed withdrawal of lowest value coin and introduction of plated steel coins to replace cupro-nickel coins.