September 2018 Release of our petition to have the Reserve Bank issue our money along with an opinion piece.

June Press release on the swiss referendum. Despite the campaign of confusion and fear run by opponents, 25% voted for the Sovereign Money Initiative.

April The AustralianRoyal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry is coming up with some serious wrongdoing by the banks and financial institutions

May 2017 Positive Money New Zealand issued a press release seeking clarity from the Reserve Bank on how our money is created. They still refer to intermediation by the banks, which is not how our banking system works.

5th November 2016 An article in The Guardian newspaper in England argued that abolishing debt-based currency holds the secret to getting our system off its addiction to growth.

5th September 2016 KPMG released a report, commissioned by the Prime Minister of Iceland, titled "Money Issuance" The report looked at money created by the Government.

28 March 2016 Bryan Gould agreed to be our Patron. Bryan is a respected commentator on economic matters, an author, academic and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

14 October 2015 The Finance Commission of the Dutch parliament discussed monetary reform.

22 November. The British parliament debated money creation last week, for the first time in 170 years. There was cross-party support for a proposal to set up a monetary commission

23 September. A new generation of young people, dubbed ''property orphans'' may be destined to be renters for life.

17 September. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the bank used by central banks, confirmed New Zealand houses are among the most "unaffordable" in the world compared to people's incomes.

25th April 2014 "Strip private banks of their power to create money": says the Financial Times' chief economics commentator Martin Wolf, who endorses Positive Money's proposals for reform

15th March 2014 - In a historic move The Bank of England quarterly bulletin explains how money is created. Whenever a bank makes a loan, it creates a deposit in the borrower's bank account, thereby creating new money. The bank says that this differs from the story found in some economics textbooks.

16th August 2013. The retiring head of the Financial Markets Authority apologised for the mistakes made saying "You were let down".


The Earl of Caithness“… our whole monetary system is dishonest, as it is debt-based… We did not vote for it. It grew upon us gradually but markedly since 1971 when the commodity-based system was abandoned.”

The Earl of Caithness, in a speech to the House of Lords, 1997.

Press release 12 September 2018

How to protect our economy from the next GFC (Global Financial Crisis)

The New Zealand financial system is approaching crisis point due to its crippling level of private debt, which is now more than 90% of our GDP. Ten years on from the collapse of Lehmans Brothers in September 2008 and the start of the Global Financial Crisis and not much has changed.

Positive Money New Zealand is an advocacy group seeking to secure our financial future. It is launching a petition to give the Reserve Bank of New Zealand the exclusive ability to issue all New Zealand money, whether notes, coins, or electronic. Money issued by the Reserve Bank would be called sovereign money.

Don Richards, National Spokesperson for Positive Money says "Our current debt-based financial system has 97% of our money supply created by private banks at the click of a button to finance loans and mortgages. Our Reserve Bank has been relegated to issuing just 3% of our money in the form of notes and coins.

"Privately owned banks create money "ex nihilo" (from nothing) lending this created money to you and me with interest added. This new money is pumped into housing ensuring the cost rises out of proportion to the rest of the economy. It is how banks make huge profits with most of that money going overseas keeping the New Zealand economy on its knees " Mr Richards said

"More people must get into debt than repay their debt for our economy to grow in a debt-based money system. Making things worse, when bank loans are repaid, the money is destroyed and can't be lent out again. The money was created from nothing and when repaid it returns to nothing.

This system of debt-based money is unsustainable. As the former governor of the Bank of England pronounced in 2010 "Of all the many ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today".

"With the Reserve Bank creating all of our money, new money could be used to fund infrastructure projects. The money would stay in circulation, rather than being destroyed upon repayment. This is not a new idea. In 1936, after the first great depression, our Reserve Bank injected millions of pounds into our economy for infrastructure projects enabling the building of thousands of state houses. "

"By moving our banking system to having the Reserve Bank issue all of our currency and not debt-based we will have a financial system that has been proven to work rather than one that fails every 10 to 15 years" concludes Mr Richards

For more information, contact Don Richards National Spokesperson for Positive Money New Zealand.

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