Monday, 26 October 2015

1969 New Zealand Law Society Centenary

         The Society has an established reputation as one of the leading societies of lawyers in the Commonwealth.  It is fully represented on the Council of the International Bar Association and played a substantial part in the formation of the Law Association for Asia and the Western Pacific.

         This stamp issue commemorated the centenary of the New Zealand Law Society which held an International Conference at Rotorua between 8 - 11 April 1969. Above are the three values in very fine used condition. Postal cancellations can be seen on each stamp.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

1969 Anniversaries.

         This post looks at four anniversary issues from 1969 which we have placed together on one page. Anniversary stamp issues are some times overlooked by collectors, even though they are often colourful, well designed stamps. They usually have an interesting story behind them as well. Included in this group is an historical event, a university, a New Zealand aid organisation and an international labour organisation.   



       There were actually two other issues, 1969 Captain Cook Bicentenary and the 1969 New Zealand Law Society Centenary which have been featured in other posts.

Monday, 19 October 2015

2015 - Queen Elizabeth II.

New Zealand's Longest Reigning Monarch.
        As New Zealand did not become part of the British Empire until three years after Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837, Queen Elizabeth II has been New Zealand’s longest-reigning monarch for some time. Queen Elizabeth II is the only ‘Queen of New Zealand’ we’ve ever known, as during Queen Victoria’s reign New Zealand was a British colony rather than a Realm. On 28 May 1953, Her Majesty formally became ‘The Queen of New Zealand’ - the first Sovereign to hold this title.
        During her reign Queen Elizabeth II has maintained close links to New Zealand, and has visited ten times since her inaugural tour in 1953/54. Although her last visit was in 2002, we still maintain a strong bond with the monarchy, with more recent visits made on her behalf by William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who last visited in 2014 along with their son Prince George of Cambridge.
        On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II succeeded Queen Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch. To celebrate this amazing milestone, New Zealand Post is issued a special set of seven stamps, each value representing a different decade of her reign.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

1969 Captain Cook Bicentenary.

This issue commemorates the bi-centenary of Captain Cook's first voyage to New Zealand.
The Captain Cook Bicentenary issue marked two firsts. For the first time in New Zealand, the set appeared in miniature sheet form with the values se-tenant. It is also the first time that embossing was used on a New Zealand stamp to make the portrait on each stamp stand out.

The Four Values.  

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

2015 Christmas.

        Stained-glass windows date back to ancient times, with some existing in Britain possibly as early as the 7th century. The movement gained popularity in the Middle Ages as a way to convey narratives from the Bible to the masses, and has evolved over time to incorporate more colour and detail.

        New Zealand is home to some truly beautiful stained-glass windows, which add character and charm to churches and buildings throughout the country.

       The Christmas 2015 stamp issue features five vibrant stained-glass windows, ranging in design from the traditional to the contemporary. Three of these designs were repeated in a adhesive format of booklets and dispensers.

Friday, 2 October 2015

1968 Universal Suffrage / Human Rights

For the first time the Post Office issued two commemorative stamps on the same day that marked different subjects. This was an important turning point in New Zealand commemorative stamp which led to a annual issue of a set of anniversary/commemorative stamps. This was the first occasion that New Zealand stamps were printed by the Japanese Government Printing Bureau. 
One stamp, the 3c value, commemorated the 75th anniversary of Universal Suffrage in New Zealand: In 1893 women for the first time were permitted to vote in the country's parliamentary elections, making New Zealand one of the first countries in the world to introduce Women's Suffrage.
The second stamp, the 10c value, marked the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.