Monday, 29 July 2013

1999 / 2011 The Year of the Rabbit.

       1999 and 2011 celebrated The New Year under the Chinese lunar sign The Year of the Rabbit. In both years New Zealand issued stamps to mark this event. Following on with my series of Chinese New Year issues I will be looking at both these issues in this post. When we reach the Year of the Rabbit for a third time I hope to include that issue here too.
      See my complete collection of Chinese New Year Issues.

2011  The Year of the Rabbit.
       The third year of NZ Post's second cycle of Chinese New Year signs was the Year of the Rabbit. Again modern stylised stamps were used followed the four stamp pattern set in 2010. The first stamp (60c) shows the Chinese character which reflects the awareness and alertness of the rabbit. The second value ($1.20) shows the paper cut design, this time of a rabbit.

60c - Year of the Rabbit.                                     $1.20 - Rabbit Paper-cut. 

Friday, 26 July 2013

2013 ANZAC

New Zealanders Serving Abroad.
         For a number of years New Zealand has been issuing stamps to mark the annual ANZAC Day events where as a country we remember those brave men and women who have lost their lives serving in the NZ Military overseas. There are many services that take place that day including one in the small community in which I live. These services often are at dawn, known as a dawn service or dawn parade, or later in the morning at 10am. In the centre of Auckland they hold a large dawn service at the Auckland Memorial Museum which attracts thousands of people. What is surprising is that over the years as the old soldier have past on, their ranks declining, the numbers of younger people attending these services has steadily grown.   
         It is well known that New Zealand played a role in World War I and World War II but what is lesser know is the long list of other places where New Zealand men and women have served. New Zealand is proud of its commitment to peacekeeping and assisting other nations in trouble and our military plays an important role in this.
         2013 marks the 60 anniversary of the Korean War. To mark this event the 2013 ANZAC issue features six of the many places New Zealand Defence Forces have been deployed to.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

2005 - 150 Years of New Zealand Stamps

        In 2005 New Zealand celebrated 150 years since it first began issuing stamps for postage. That first stamp issue was the famous Full Faced Queens which I have featured in other posts in this blog. Since then there have been many fine stamps issued and it would have been very hard to decide which should be included in a special issue to celebrate 150 years.
       In the end, fifteen stamps were chosen and were then featured in the designs of a series of modern stamps issued in three sets of five on; 2nd March 2005, 6th April 2005 and 1st June 2005. It is an impressive series of fine looking stamps.

     Before we get to this series I want to look at two earlier issues to mark the first issue of New Zealand Stamps in 1955 and 1980.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

2013 Margaret Mahy

          I must admit, not being a great reader of children's books, I did not know much about Margaret Mahy. As I was not particularly attracted to the stamps either so I decided to leave this issue out of this blog until recently as I started working on the ANZAC issue then I had a closer look at this one too. I saw the awards Margaret Mahy had received and I realised that she was an important author in her field. I have therefore decided to include this issue in my blog.

          Margaret Mahy (1936 – 2012) is the only author ever to have been appointed an Ordinary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (1993), and she won many of the world’s major prizes for children’s writers. In 2006 she won the highest international award for children’s literature – the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, and is the only New Zealander to have done so. In New Zealand she was awarded the Esther Glen Medal and the New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award multiple times.
                                                                    (New Zealand Post.)

         Each stamp represents one of the five more popular of her books.

70c - A Lion in the Meadow.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part Three

Definitives Tour.  

Links:- Full-Faced Queens.
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part One.
                    A basic introduction to the Full Faced Queens issues. 
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part Two.
                    Looking at factors effecting the condition and value of Classic Stamps. 
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part Three.
                    A collection of covers from before and using Full Faced Queen stamps. 
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part Four.
                    Modern use of the Full Faced Queen design.

       In the third part of the Full-Faced Queens we continue our look at New Zealand's first issue of postage stamps by looking at some of the covers used during this period.

       Before New Zealand issued pre-paid postage stamps letters were hand stamped to show payment had been made for postage. These hand strikes would show words such as "Paid At Auckland" or "Paid At Nelson" and often how much had been paid would be written in pencil of crayon. 
        In many cases, when we study covers from this period we find these hand strike post marks are almost impossible to read. This is because either the original strike was poorly executed or the mark has faded over time. 
        In these post we are going to look at a few pre-postage covers and then we will look at some covers from the Full-Faced Queen period. The quality of many of these covers were not good to start with and the process of up-loading them has made them worse but I still believe you will get some idea of what these early covers were like.

Monday, 22 July 2013

2007 Kiwi Lingo

          This was another one of those fun issues which NZ Post has created over recent years. In this case it is looking at some of the 'kiwi' slang we use in our everyday speech here in New Zealand. Over the years we have developed our own unique way of saying things which can be confusing for people from other countries at first. This sheet includes 20 of the most well known although there are many others which could have been included.
        The twenty stamps each carry the same value of 50c and can be ripped from the sheet if required although I would expect most collectors would rather keep them together in the one attractive sheet. Each stamp includes the slang saying on the left-hand side with a related kiwi icon below. On the right-hand side the stamp appears to be left blank but this is actually an area of thermo-chromic ink which becomes transparent when heat is applied, like the warmth of a finger, then the literal meanings are revealed. These are impossible to show in a photo so I have included them under each stamp below the sheet.  

Sunday, 21 July 2013

King George VI

Definitive Tour.
Back to 1935 Pictorials.          Forward to Elizabeth II Definitives.

King George VI Coronation.
     King George VI was the second son of King George V and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, was the youngest daughter of Scottish aristocrat Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
          In 1936 following the abdication from the throne of his elder brother (King Edward VIII), the Duke of York became King George VI.  The coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth took place at Westminster Abbey the following year. To mark this event New Zealand issued this set of three values.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

1920 Victory & 1946 Peace

        I have been interested in the two sets of stamps issued at the end of the first and second World Wars. The first one in 1920 is called the Victory Issue while the second one in 1946 is known as the Peace Issue. Why the difference? This post is going to compare these two issues and try to find why they are so different considering they both mark the end a major war.

1920  Victory
For more see military /ANZAC - Part One.
First, the Victory Issue which marked the end of World War I, a war which was said to have been the war to end all wars. No one would have believed that 20 years later an even bigger war would be raging.

             Green - ½d                                                                                              Red - 1d
Both of these stamps carry a similar theme of the British Lion representing the British Empire, with the allegorical figure of Peace.    

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

1996 Centenary of New Zealand Cinema

          The first public screening of motion pictures in New Zealand took place at the Opera House, Auckland on 13 October 1896. This issue was created to mark that event. What is of interest to me is the subject on the stamps. I have already completed posts on other films made in New Zealand and over the next few months I plan to do more so I decided to feature this set of four stamps depicting early New Zealand films.

Hinemoa - 40c 
        "The first big dramatic work filmed and acted in the land of the Moa," was Hinemoa (1914), New Zealand's first feature.
        On a budget of £50, George Tarr directed Hinemoa over eight hectic days in Rotorua. Hera Tawhai and her husband Rua starred along with the Rev. Bennett's Maori Choir Party. With the film almost complete but the budget gone, George Tarr headed to Auckland to show it to his investors and distributor Mr Hayward. They loved it. The film was completed and Hinemoa premiered in the first week of World War 1 and did big business. Sadly there are no remaining prints of the movie, but this promotional image has survived.   
          The Movie is based on the famous Maori love story where Hinemoa a beautiful girl of high-born status fell in love with a man of low-born status of another tribe. Her family were strongly against the relation and prevented her from seeing him.  
          Each night she would sit by the shore and listen to the music of his flute as he played to her across the water. One day she decided she must be with him so casting her cloak aside, naked she entered the cold dark water in the night and swum to him. He found her resting, recovering from the cold in one of the warm pools on the Island.         
          There are various versions of this story from tribes around the country but the movie appears to have been based on the version from Rotorua where Hinemoa swum from the shore to the island in the middle of the lake.    

          The Legend of Hinemoa. - Rotorua's famous romance story of forbidden love.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Queen Elizabeth - A Younge Queen.

 Definitive Tour.
Back to George VI Definitives.                                              Forward to 1960 Pictorials.

Queen Elizabeth II
         After researching for the 60th Anniversary Issue post in this blog I have become more interested in stamps featuring Queen Elizabeth II. I have decided to do a few more posts looking at her life in greater detail through the stamps of New Zealand. This post covers her early life and photos on stamps, her coronation, then the first 1953 - 1955 definitive issues. For extra interest, I've included a few Postal History items as well.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

1957 - 1967 Ross Dependency Pictorials

Establishing Scott Base.

        Scott Base was originally constructed as a temporary base in support of the UK inspired and privately managed Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (TAE). The New Zealand government provided support for the TAE and also for other International  Geophysical Year (IGY) projects during 1957.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

2008 The A to Z of New Zealand.

        After looking at Full Faced Queens (last post) what about a bit of a fun issue, a feel good set if you like. It is an A to Z of New Zealand culture, history, heritage and downright kiwiana. Each letter of the alphabet is used to present a different subject of New Zealand.
        Personally I was not too impressed with many of these designs but what captured my interest was the idea of doing a issue of 26 stamps on Kiwiana like this. First I show the set as issued in a single sheet then below that, each stamp will be depicted along with a short description of the its subject.
        There are some other sets like this so I might do a post of some of them too.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

1855 Full Faced Queens - Part Two

Definitives Tour.  

Links:- Full-Faced Queens.
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part One.
                    A basic introduction to the Full Faced Queens issues. 
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part Two.
                    Looking at factors affecting the condition and value of Classic Stamps. 
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part Three.
                    A collection of covers from before and using Full Faced Queen stamps. 
          1855 Full-Faced Queens - Part Four.
                    The modern use of the Full Faced Queen design.

        In this second post on the Full-Faced Queens, we will look at the condition of these stamps and try to understand why they are valued as they are today. Included on this page are some errors caused during printing. Finally, we will look at a complete set of Full-Faced Queens that was sold in 2007.


Monday, 8 July 2013

2000 The Volcanic Taniwha Sisters.

           When I was working on my Chinese New Year collection I came across the stamps from the 2000 Spirits and Guardians issue. One of these in particular caught my attention. This was the $1.10 value. I love this stamp. Nice bright colours on a clear, well designed stamp. It really draws you in and captures your interest.
Te Hoata and Te Pupu
The Volcanic Taniwha Sisters.

Friday, 5 July 2013

2000 / 2012 The Year of the Dragon.

See my complete collection of Chinese New Year Issues.

Dragon from the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival, Auckland 2016.

2012 The Year of the Dragon.
        In 2012 New Zealand again celebrated Chinese New Year with a set of four stamps. These same stamps also appeared on the miniature sheet issued at the same time. The stamps followed the recent trend of having the Chinese symbol on the lowest value, then two values depicting an associated with the Lunar Year, in this case a dragon and the highest value a New Zealand Icon.
        The dragon is an important ancient symbol for the Chinese people, and it is believed to ward off evil spirits. Everything connected with the dragon is thought to be blessed, which makes this lunar stamp issue particularly special.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

2013 The Australia World Stamp Exhibition

           To celebrate the exhibition the 2013 World Stamp Exhibition held in Melbourne, New Zealand Post issued an exhibition miniature sheet and souvenir cover. The miniature sheet incorporates stamps from the "Queen Elizabeth II - 60th Anniversary of the Coronation" stamp issue, set against an image of the exhibition venue - the Royal Exhibition Building.

           The exhibition was the largest collection of philatelic and numismatic items on show in Australia since 2005, and it marked the centenary of the 1913 Kangaroo and Map stamp - Australia’s first national postage stamp. It was be attended by national and international dealers, traders, collectors and postal administrations, including New Zealand Post.
          I don't particularly like the idea of issuing a set like this but I can see why NZ Post wants to promote the stamps of New Zealand at this International Exhibition. To me, the idea of issuing stamps and other items for the collector market takes away from the real purpose of postage stamps but then I suppose if it wasn't for the collector market we would just have a plan set of stamps with the face of the Queen and a value, updated every 10 years or so. 

 Miniature Sheet showing three of he Queens.

Special Cover with same design as the miniature sheet.