Monday, 30 November 2015

1970 Commemorative Issues

         Through the late 1960s and early 1970s there were a number of commemorative issues but during that time period the practice was to issue them as separate times. It was only later during the 1970s that these smaller issues began to get combined into one larger issue. Three of these smaller issues can been seen here where we have decided to feature them in this one post.

1970 Cardigan Bay.
This stamp was issued to commemorate the return to New Zealand of Cardigan Bay, the first standard bred light-harness horse in racing history to win $1,000,000 in stake money.

10c - Cardigan Bay Trotting.

Friday, 27 November 2015

New Zealand Wine Post 2010 - 2019

         Stamps and many of the items found on these pages can be purchased from:-


         This is the third part of our New Zealand Wine Post collection, taking us through the third 10 years. This collection is incomplete and needs a lot more work in some areas but we've decided to open it for viewing as we continue adding new items and completing further sections.

         The Wine Post, also known as New Zealand Wine Post, is a privately owned postal service in New Zealand. It is operated by Weston Winery New Zealand, which is the World's Most Southern Winery and acts as its only post office. The Wine Post began issuing its own postage in 1990. It is one of the many independent posts of New Zealand which has a deregulated postal environment. The Wine Post stamps are for their domestic and international postage for their own winery.

                 Collection Overview.

                Page One - New Zealand Wine Post   1990 - 1999.

            Page Two - New Zealand Wine Post   2000 - 2009.

            Page Three - New Zealand Wine Post 2010 - 2019.

            Page Four - New Zealand Wine Post 2020 - 2029.

            Special Page - New Zealand Wine Post - Official Stamps.

                  Special Page - New Zealand Wine Post - Wine Labels.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

New Zealand Wine Post 2000 - 2009

         Stamps and many of the items found on these pages can be purchased from:-


         This is the second part of our New Zealand Wine Post collection, taking us over the second 10 years. This collection is complete at the moment but as new items, information or better images become available they will be added.

         The Wine Post, also known as New Zealand Wine Post, is a privately owned postal service in New Zealand. It is operated by Weston Winery New Zealand, which is the World's Most Southern Winery and acts as its only post office. It began issuing stamps for its own postage in 1990. It is one of the many independent posts of New Zealand which has a deregulated postal environment. The Wine Post stamps are for their domestic and international postage for their own winery.



                 Collection Overview.

                Page One - New Zealand Wine Post   1990 - 1999.

            Page Two - New Zealand Wine Post   2000 - 2009.
          
            Page Three - New Zealand Wine Post 2010 - 2019.

            Special Page - New Zealand Wine Post - Official Stamps.

                 Special Page - New Zealand Wine Post - Wine Labels.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

New Zealand Wine Post 1990 - 1999

         Stamps and many of the items found on these pages can be purchased from:-


         This is the first part of our New Zealand Wine Post collection, taking us through the first 10 years. This collection is mostly complete and open for viewing but we will continue adding new items and further sections as the need arises.

         The Wine Post, also known as New Zealand Wine Post, is a privately owned postal service in New Zealand. It is operated by Westons Winery New Zealand, which is the World's Most Southern Winery and acts as its only post office. Wine Post began issuing its own postage stamps in 1990 as one of the many independent posts of New Zealand, operating in a deregulated postal environment. The Wine Post stamps are used for the domestic and international postage requirements of their own winery.
         The Wine Post is what is called a local post, and is completely independent of the State mail carrier. It has its own stamps, postmarks and system of delivery within New Zealand and abroad. The cost of the postage is somewhat higher than 80 cents for a letter offered by NZ Post the state carrier.

                 Collection Overview.

           Page One - New Zealand Wine Post   1990 - 1999.

           Page Two - New Zealand Wine Post   2000 - 2009.

            Page Three - New Zealand Wine Post 2010 - 2019.

           Special Page - New Zealand Wine Post - Official Stamps.

           Special Page - New Zealand Wine Post - Wine Labels.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

1974 Anniversaries

The next Anniversaries Issue features three vertical format stamps. I've mentioned before that this is one aspect that I like about these issues is that each year the stamps seem to have a similar appearance although they celebrate widely different events/organisations. 

In 1974, one stamp celebrated the Centenary of Napier
and two stamps celebrated the Centenary of the Universal Postal Union.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

1967 - 1968 Decimal Pictorials - Part Five

 Definitive Tour.

        1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part One.
                    An overview of this definitive issue with First Day Covers.
                    Various extra issues that appeared over the next two years.
                    The information on the designs/subjects of each stamp in more detail.
                    Flaws and errors in the lower values.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Five.
                    Flaws and errors in the higher values.

         This is the second page of flaws found in the Decimal Pictorials. Again we see a variety of errors from colour and perferation shifts to paper creasing and large strange blobs of ink. I personally like the example you see below of a major green shift in the 15c Tiki.


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

1967 - 1968 Decimal Pictorials - Part Four.

 Definitive Tour.

         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part One.
                    An overview of this definitive issue with First Day Covers.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Two.
                    Various extra issues that appeared over the next two years.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Three.
                    The information on the designs/subjects of each stamp in more detail.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors in the lower values.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Five.

                    Flaws and errors in the higher values.


      Now we get to some of the errors found in this definitive issue. In this post we will be looking at the low values, the native flower stamps. While we have a good collection here I do believe there are many flaws from these values that we have missed. Therefore I suggest that it might be worth check back on this page from time to time to view any new items.

½c - Manuka.
1967 Pictorial ½c selv pair and a selvage block both with the same grossly misplaced perforations.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

1967 - 1968 Decimal Pictorials - Part Three.

 Definitive Tour.

         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part One.
                    An overview of this definitive issue with First Day Covers.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Two.
                    Various extra issues that appeared over the next two years.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Three.
                    The information on the designs/subjects of each stamp in more detail.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors in the lower values.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Five.
                    Flaws and errors in the higher values.


1960 - 1967 Designs in Detail.
This third part will show each of the stamps again but now arranged by their value rather than as in Parts One & Two by their issue date. Our purpose here is to consider the design and subject of each stamp. (Since most of these designs are common with the 1960 Pictorials my design notes are the same as well).

1967 Decimal Pictorials.

                
½c - Manuka.                                         1c - Karaka.

Friday, 13 November 2015

1967 - 1968 Decimal Pictorials - Part Two.


 Definitive Tour.

         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part One.

                    An overview of this definitive issue with First Day Covers.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Two.
                    Various extra issues that appeared over the next two years.
                    The information on the designs/subjects of each stamp in more detail.
                    Flaws and errors in the lower values.
                    Flaws and errors in the higher values.

1967 - 1968 New Values & Exports.
 A number of changes and new values were added to the 1967 Decimal Pictorials after the initial 18 stamps were issued and before the stamps were replaced by the 1970 Definitives / Pictorials. For convenience we have grouped them together here on one page in the order in which they were issued. Each issue included a First Day Cover which is also featured on this page.

7½ - Fishing - Trout.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

1967 - 1968 Decimal Pictorials - Part One.

 Definitive Tour.

         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part One.
                    An overview of this definitive issue with First Day Covers.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Two.
                    Various extra issues that appeared over the next two years.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Three.
                    The information on the designs/subjects of each stamp in more detail.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Four.
                    Flaws and errors in the lower values.
         1967 - 1968  Decimal Pictorials - Part Five.
                    Flaws and errors in the higher values.

Introduction to the 1967 - 1968 Pictorials.

         The planning of the 1967 definitive set commenced as early as July 1964 but it was not until January 1966 that preliminary notice was given by the New Zealand Post Office that decimal currency stamps would be put on sale on 10 July 
1967, the day when New Zealand would begin the conversion to decimal currency. It was decided that as there was insufficient time to have a new set of pictorial stamps designed and printed, the design and colours of the existing 1960 Pictorial issue would be retained.
         All the sterling currency stamps were withdrawn from Post Offices at the close of business on the last working day prior to Decimal Currency Day. Sterling currency stamps could, however, continue to be used for postage purposes until demonetised on 1 August 1971 or exchanged for decimal currency stamps of equivalent value up until 31 July 1972. On the morning of the 10th July, 1967 the new decimal stamps went on sale. 
         New Zealand decimalised on 10 July 1967, with the New Zealand dollar replacing the New Zealand pound. The conversion rates were the same as Australia's—10c to one shilling, one dollar to 10 shillings, and two dollars to one pound. Confusion was expected with twelve pence becoming ten cents, such as people expecting four cents' change from paying ten cents/one shilling for an item costing eight cents. To help avoid this, the Decimal Currency Board recommended on inter-currency transactions (e.g., paying 4c with £sd coins, or paying 4d with dollar coins) to pay to the next highest five cents or sixpence to get the correct change.

                                                                        Approximant Conversion Chart.
                                       1d     2d     3d     4d     5d     6d     7d     8d     9d     10d     11d     12d. (1 shilling) 
                                       1c     2c      3c         4c         5c      6c     7c            8c           9c      10c.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

1973 Anniversaries

The second time NZ Post issued a set of anniversary stamps they chose a landscape design of six values. The subjects ranged from two towns, a university, an environmental society, a sport and an international development commission. With such different subjects it is hard to achieve a standard design but these six stamps do fit together as a set. 


The 3c design was completed by Vivian Jepsen, with the remaining five
designs completed by B Langford.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

1972 Anniversaries

Up until 1972 New Zealand had been issuing Anniversary and Centennial stamps as these events occurred. In 1972 it was decided to group these together to form a five stamp issue marking five different events. For many years the Anniversary Issue became a regular part of NZ Post's yearly stamp issues.  
The second feature of these annual Anniversary issues was that the stamps had a similar appearance even though each stamp represented a totally different subject. The common theme of this issue was bold silhouettes against colourful two-tone backgrounds. This can best be seen when the whole set is viewed laid out as they are above.  

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

2015 All Blacks Miniature Sheet

      On 31 October, at Twickenham, New Zealand won the 2015 Rugby World Cup, becoming the first team to retain their title, and the first to win the title for a third time. We were up at 5am Sunday morning to watch the game live. There were many emotions experienced during the next 80 minutes, from the excitement seeing New Zealand jump into an early lead to the shock and horror when Australia gained on us again. Finally came a realisation that the All Blacks had taken the game.

      To mark this event, New Zealand Post is issuing this special Miniature Sheet showing the celebrating All Blacks grouped for a photograph after being presented with the Webb Ellis Cup. The sheet also shows basic details such as the date, location and the two teams that played with their respective scores. What does stand out boldly is the title at the top "All Blacks World Champions 2015."


While I like the design of this sheet I do not like the fact that we see those All Blacks silver fern stamps again. Sure they have been issued enough already?


Images and Text used with permission from the NZ Post web site.
https://stamps.nzpost.co.nz/