Thursday, 29 November 2018

2001 - Aircraft.

         Over the years there have been many stamps depicting aircraft going right back the earliest airmail stamps in the 1930s. Collecting New Zealand stamps showing aircraft would make a very large and interesting thematic collection. Maybe one day we might do more with this idea in this blog.

         Aircraft have played an important, though sometimes unnoticed, role in the life of New Zealanders. Both within our own boundaries and in our connection with the rest of the world, they have made significant contributions to defence, agriculture, transportation, industry and in bringing people together. This issue gave due recognition to the aircraft that have shaped our aviation history and affected the way we live. Great pictures of aircraft that made a big difference in New Zealand.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

2002 Vatican City & New Zealand Joint Issue.

A joint issue with Vatican City, a place of great importance to many Christians. Two stamps, both featuring the same scene of "Nativity" by the 15th-century Italian artist, Pseudo Ambrogio di Baldese. A special First Day Cover featuring both stamps plus their special cancels.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

1998 Opening of the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa

       The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand's national museum, located in Wellington. Known as Te Papa, or "Our Place", it opened in 1998 after the merging of the National Museum and the National Art Gallery. More than 1.5 million people visit every year. 
       Te Papa Tongarewa translates literally to "container of treasures". A fuller interpretation is ‘our container of treasured things and people that spring from mother earth here in New Zealand’. Te Papa's philosophy emphasises the living face behind its cultural treasures, many of which retain deep ancestral links to the indigenous Māori people. The Museum recognises the partnership that was created by the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, te Tiriti o Waitangi, in 1840. 
       The five main collections areas are Arts, History, Taonga Māori, Pacific Cultures, and Natural History.

NZ Post celebrated the opening of the Te Papa Museum with this two value stamp issue displaying the amazing building set in the centre of Wellington beside the harbour.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

2001 Scenic - One Hundred Years Of Tourism

2001 Scenic 100 Years Header.   (NZ Post website.)
Sea kayaking through the crystal clear waters of one of our National Parks is the 

As New Zealanders, we've always taken pride in what we can offer our visitors. Indeed, ours was the first country to have a government tourist department. Now, 100 years on, tourism is one of our top foreign exchange earners, with more than 1.7 million international visitors enjoying their own kiwi experience in 2000 alone.
The 2001 Scenic: 100 Years of Tourism issue sort to capture this combination of beautiful landscapes and fun activities using images from Tourism New Zealand - celebrating 100 Years of Tourism in New Zealand.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

1999 APEC New Zealand

What can you do when an issue only includes one stamp and a First Day Cover? 
The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) is an opportunity for economies in the region to work together to improve stability, security and prosperity for their respective peoples.

40c - Real Colours of New Zealand. (Mint & New).

Friday, 9 November 2018

1998 Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Stamp Issue.
This post was a hard one for us as none of us knows anything about the subjects behind these stamps. Since we have almost covered every stamp issue of New Zealand this one had to be included as well. We've decided to rely on information from the NZ Post website. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

1997 Cartoonists

New Zealand Post commissioned some of this country's best-known cartoonists to each a design a stamp based around the theme of 'Kiwis taking on the world". The theme was deliberately broad, designed to give each cartoonist maximum reign. It could be a tribute to the Kiwi psyche, Kiwiana, the pastimes New Zealanders enjoy, the famous Kiwi ingenuity or simply a celebration of ways in which New Zealanders have made their mark on the world, how each cartoonist interpreted the statement was up to them.
The works that followed were predictably unpredictable, as individual and diverse in their interpretation of the theme as the people themselves. After much deliberation, four cartoons were finally chosen for the set of stamps. The result was a stamp issue in which every person in New Zealand can see a little of themselves and their fellow Kiwis.

Monday, 5 November 2018

2018 Royal Visit.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have visited New Zealand for the first time together, as part of their Pacific tour. This commemorative set of stamps captures some memorable moments from their time in Aotearoa.
2018 Royal Wedding.

NZ Post followed the same format they have used on other recent issues where the six stamps are included in a miniature sheet. While it makes for a very attractive presentation as can be seen above, there are no captions for the stamps once they have been removed from the sheet.