Sunday, 27 September 2015

1967 Centenaries

1967 Post Office Savings Bank Centenary.
As commemorative stamp issues had already been produced for the centenaries of the Postal Service and Telegraph Service it was felt appropriate that a special stamp issue should be produced for the centenary of the Post Office Savings Bank in 1967.
The opening of the first Post Office Savings Bank occurred in the 1860s, the gold rush years in New Zealand. It was an important event that fostered the habit of thrift and saving among the increasingly prosperous colonists of this relatively young nation.

4d - Queens.                                                                9d - Coins.

Friday, 25 September 2015

1968 Centenary Maori Bible.

In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first printing of the
Bible in the Maori language, this special stamp was produced.

3c - Bible at Rangiatea Maori Church, Otaki.
This stamp depicts Bishop Hadfield's personal bible, opened at the book of Deuteronomy and resting on a carved kauri lectern in the Rangiatea Maori Church at Otaki.  The green satin sashes depicted on the stamp are hand embroidered in a pink fuchsia design which in Maori interpretation signifies "opportunity".  The border on the sashes is the hammerhead shark scroll design signifying "prestige". 
The design is from a photograph, adapted by the Public Relations Division, G.P.O., Wellington. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

2015 Capital Stamp Show.

In 2015 which marked 150 years since Parliament moved from Auckland to Wellington, the Wellington Philatelic Society hosted this year’s annual stamp show at the TSB Bank Arena, Wellington. To commemorate The Capital Stamp Show 2015, New Zealand Post issued an exhibition miniature sheet and souvenir cover.

This miniature sheet shows a photo of the farewell parade for the 6th Reinforcements on Lambton Quay, Wellington, on 14 August 1915 and contain three stamps from the 1915: The Spirit of Anzac commemorative stamp issue, commemorating 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

1966 - 4th National Scout Jamboree.

        The 4th National Scout Jamboree, held at Trentham near Wellington, was commemorated by the issue of a single stamp. A temporary Post Office was opened at the Jamboree and a special pictorial date stamp was used on opening day when some 26,000 covers were handled.  A plain date stamp without the Scout insignia was used after the first day.
4d - Official Jamboree Badge.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Five.

Definitive Tour.
Back to Elizabeth II Definitives.                                          Forward to 1967 Decimal Pictorials.

                    A summary and overview of this issue with the stamps arranged issued order.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Two.
                    This second part shows each of the stamps again but now arranged by their value.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Three.
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - low values.
          1960 - 1966 Pictorials Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors of the 1960 definitive - high values.
          1960 -1966 Pictorials Part Five.
                    Postal history items.

Other Items Related to the 1960 Pictorials.

By 'other items' I mean items related to the 1960 Pictorials but not included on the first four pages. You could call this the Postal History Page of the 1960 Pictorials. This will be an on going page with more being added as it comes to hand. It is very likely that these items will have been used in other posts, if so a link will be provided here.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

1994 Maori Myths & Legends

Six colourful stamps representing Maori myths of New Zealand.

         The Maori had no written language and thus their history and legends were passed on orally from generation to generation. Stories concerning the tribe and the world around them were carefully taught so they wouldn't be lost. Today they give us a valuable insight into the way Maori people viewed and personified the earth, sea and sky.
         Being born in New Zealand I grew up with many of these stories but being a Pakaha (White European) I didn't have much contact with Maori mythology once I became an adult. When I began this blog I soon discovered there were many stamp issues with Maori Mythology themes. Since then the richness and complexity of the Maori culture has become a source of fascination and intrigue.

For an index to all our posts concerning New Zealand Maori.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

1985 - 1986 Scenic Stamps.

1985 Scenic Stamps - Bridges.
See the full collection Scenic Stamps Series - Part One.
The landscape of New Zealand means there are many rivers and other obstacles that needed to be crossed by both roads and railways. The 1985 Scenic Issue shows just four of these many hundreds of bridges. What can be seen in these four stamps are examples of technology and variety of designs found in New Zealand's bridges.  
35c - Shotover bridge.                         40c - Alexandra Bridge.