Monday, 23 August 2021

2021 NZ Post

In 2021 NZ Post brought CourierPost, Pace and Rural Post under the single banner of NZ Post, with a new logo and refreshed visual identity. The new NZ Post logo is a symbol consisting of a circle, intersected by two parallel lines to form a unique stylised ‘P’, evocative of roads, tracks, and networks. The new deep blue, partnered with the historical red amplify in concert to create something familiar, yet distinctive. NZ Post has spent 15 million dollars on the rebrand, which many criticize.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Set

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is the National Paralympic Committee for New Zealand and a member of the International Paralympic Committee. Spirit of Gold is a term to describe the dual purpose of PNZ: ‘gold’ to recognise its high-performance credentials and ‘spirit’ to represent caring for and inspiring communities. It is also a way of describing a Paralympian: the unique mix of talent, determination and heart that drives success on the world stage and provides inspiration to the next generation. 

Paralympians will once again take to one of the greatest stages in the world between 24 August and 5 September 2021 for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Through their amazing successes, Paralympians are incredible role models, challenging societal perceptions of disabled people worldwide. 

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

2021 Scenic Definitives.

 New Zealand Post has released it's annual issue of the scenic definitive series. This set has three stamps, featuring Auckland, Waikato River and Castle Hill, Canterbury.

2021 Scenic Definitives Set

Thursday, 24 June 2021

2021 KiwiStamp

2021 KiwiStamp Set

Not Released Yet
-    The expected release date is 7th Jul 2021    -  

KiwiStamps are New Zealand's non-denominated stamps that will always be worth the required postage of an NZ POST Standard Post-medium letter. You can also use multiple KiwiStamp postage stamps on a range of letter sizes.  USA has a version of non-denominated stamps called 'USA Forever'.

In 2020 Tourism New Zealand launched Do Something New New Zealand, a campaign designed to inspire Kiwis to step into the shoes of the international tourists who have been unable to visit due to COVID-19. A fresh set of KiwiStamps reflects this message with a focus on the joys of getting outdoors.

This first-day cover features the five new self-adhesive Kiwistamps.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

2021 Whanau Marama - Family of Light

           I was excited to see a Matariki issue from NZ Post. Then I noticed there was no mention of Matariki on the stamps, just on additional collector items. For the past few years, they have been dropped in favour of other Maori issues. Now we have this vivid issue of four interesting stamps but unfortunately, I can't include them in our Matariki collection.

           For the Māori people, June's night skies traditionally have huge significance as the dawn of a new Māori year. The annual appearance of the seven stars of ‘Matariki’ (or the Pleiades constellation) signals a time for renewal, reflection and celebration! This celebration is something unique to New Zealand.

Tamanuiterā (the Sun) and Marama (the Moon) together with Ngā Whetū Matariki (the Pleiades Star Cluster) make up the family of heavenly bodies known as Te Whānau Mārama (the Family of Light).

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Useful Links.

This post contains some useful links to other free websites and blogs with New Zealand stamp information. I have found these links useful myself, and I thought I would share them with you.

Full Face Queens.                www.andrewsnzstamps.com

General Catalog.                  www.stampsnz.com

Errors and more.                  www.completestamp.com

NZ Revenue Stamps.           https://www.ozrevenues.com/Revenue-Railway-Local-Perfin-Catalogue/nz-revenue-catalogue.htm

If anyone has any link/s that might be worthy of adding to this post. Comment the link/s. Thank you.

Friday, 7 May 2021

2021 Sarah Featon - Botanical Artist

This stamp issue is commemorating Sarah Ann Featon's botanical artwork. Sarah Ann Featon (née Porter, 1848 – 28 April 1927) was an accomplished botanical artist from New Zealand.

2021 Sarah Featon - Botanical Artist Used Miniature Sheet

2021 Sarah Featon - Botanical Artist Set of Stamp Sheets

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

2021 Holiday At Home


2021 Year of the Ox

 Chinese New Year traditions are filled with meaning. For example, if you eat noodles you’ll have a long life and if you clean your house you’ll sweep away the bad luck of the previous year. These stamps are also embedded with significance. The Ox is a symbol of determination and honesty and the smiling infant represents happiness. By depicting the Ox and the infant together, a relationship between these two concepts is created.

2021 Year of the Ox - Miniature Sheet

2021 Year of the Ox - Set of Stamp Sheets

2021 Pride

2021 Pride stamp celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Takatāpui, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTTQIA+) community, and allies, and all other Rainbow identities not covered in this acronym, identities still to be named, and the infinite number of identities that are possible to us as human beings.

The added colours, which form a chevron arrow at the hoist of the flag, point to the right to show “forward movement,” while being situated along the left of the flag to show “that progress still needs to be made.”

$1.40 - Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag - Plate Block

$1.40 - Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag - Progress Pride Flag

2021 150 Years of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

 Over its 150-year history, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) has kept pace with astonishing developments in yacht design and technology, from the wood-and-cotton era through to the space-age carbon-fibre and titanium materials in use today. In honour of this anniversary, this stamp issue celebrates four of New Zealand’s key competitive yachts.

2021 Queen Elizabeth II 95th Birthday

This stamp issue is celebrating the 95th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of New Zealand.

The 2021 Queen Elizabeth II 95th Birthday miniature sheet.

Friday, 14 August 2020

2020 Maori Language Week.

 Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - 

Maori Language Week.

Te reo Māori is an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Since 1975, New Zealand has celebrated an annual Māori Language Week, with seven days focused on its revitalization.

Following a 2017 issue (2017 Te Reo Maori - Maori Language) focusing on words in te reo Māori that describe new technology, our Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week stamp issue for 2020 features four special and beautifully interconnected Māori words which have been brought to life by artist Dave Burke.

See how beautifully these four stamps fit together, Aroha (love); Whānau (family); Tāne (man, husband); Wahine (female, wife). It would have been nice if they had added a fifth stamp, Tamariki (children).

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

2020 - Peter McIntyre's World War Two

Peter McIntyre (1910-1995) was the best known New Zealand artist through the middle decades of the 20th century. In January 1941, Peter McIntyre was appointed New Zealand’s official war artist by Major General Bernard Freyberg. From 1941 to 1945, McIntyre shadowed the life of New Zealand’s Second Expeditionary Force on manoeuvres and at the front.

Freyberg’s brief to McIntyre was to paint portraits of army officers and decorated soldiers, but the artist exceeded Freyberg’s expectations, adding to his list of subjects the life of New Zealand soldiers at rest and in battle. In this, he captured almost a pictorial history of the New Zealanders at war.

Each stamp in this issue depicts a painting from a different location, showcasing the breadth of McIntyre’s service as New Zealand’s official war artist. McIntyre’s paintings depicted critical moments on the battlefield and at the rearguard in Greece, Egypt, Italy and Tunisia, (central Italy on the 1998 issue), as New Zealand troops followed orders.

Monday, 6 July 2020

2020 Kiwi Cakes & Bakes.

During the lock-down of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, many at home with their families brought out the old cookbooks and began to create many of those famous New Zealand treats. This proved the baking tradition in Aotearoa New Zealand is alive and well. NZ Post created a stamp to remember these treats that evoke flavourful memories. Remember these treasured delights we knew as we grew up with, many still found in lunch-bars, cafes and even up-market restaurants. 
 The issue was designed to invite you to simply feast your eyes or maybe satisfy your appetite with a little home baking of your own.

This stamp issue celebrates classic baked treats - favourites found in the little local cake shop or  lovingly made at home. Each stamp features a different item, presented as a work of art in the bakery window.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

2020 Nga Hau e Wha - The Four Winds.

This year, in celebration of Matariki, NZ Post decided to highlight stories associated with Ngā Hau e Whā or The Four Winds. The four winds are Te Hau Rāwhiti (the easterly), Te Hau-ā-Uru (the westerly), Te Hau Tonga (the southerly) and Te Hau Raki (the northerly). Hau can mean air, breath, aura, but it is best known as wind.
The wind is portrayed as four in many cultures. Even in the Bible book of Revelation we see four strong angels holding back the four winds. 

Nga Hau e Wha - The Four Winds.

The stamp issue, Four Winds of Aotearoa New Zealand, are represented in unique designs by New Zealand artist Dave Burke. The stamps could be purchased singerly or on items such as covers and miniature sheets. The issue included the usual collector items and packs.

For other posts on Maori culture & legends see our Index - New Zealand Maori.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

2020 New Zealand Bear Hunt.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the hearts of New Zealand families have been captured by the phenomenon of the bear hunt. Through the simple act of putting a teddy bear in the window of their homes or other creative locations, New Zealanders have been able to participate in creating a magical experience for kids (and big kids) during a stressful time. 

Presented in a commemorative stamp sheet, six New Zealand households were selected to exemplify the creativity and care put into the bear hunt by and for Kiwis.

The New Zealand Bear Hunt 2020 mint stamp sheet features six stamps showing teddy bears put on display by Kiwis for their communities in April 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Saturday, 2 May 2020

1882 The Second Side-Faced Issue - Advert Stamps.

Advert Stamps.     
        In 1893 the New Zealand Government entered into a contract with Messrs. Truebridge, Miller & Reich, giving them the right to utilize the backs of postage stamps for advertising purposes.  All values in 1882 The Second Side-Faced Issue were made use of, from 1d to 1/- by the time they got to the third printing (setting) of these stamps. 
        The first stamps with advertisements were issued in February 1893.  This arrangement was terminated at the end of a twelve-month period, as some fear had been expressed by members of the public about the possible danger through licking these stamps.

1893 2d - 2nd Side-Face - Back & Front.
Sunlight Soap - "For Washing Dogs and Prize Poultry."
(Oh I love that one. Washing the chickens. LOL)

        On our page 1874 - 1882 The Side - Face Issues, we showed a few of these stamps but recently, as I was exploring our image collection, I discovered we have a lot more of them. I decided this would make an interesting thematic collection similar to Allan & Kims's 1900 Boer War Thematic Collection of postal cancels on a 1900 stamp.  

        We have now found over 60 stamps showing both their front and the advertising on their back, too many for one page so we have decided to limit ourselves to one example of each advert per value. To make this collection, the stamp must have good images of both sides. The perforations on each pair have been checked to confirm they are images of the same stamp.

Friday, 17 April 2020

2001 Hong Kong Stamp Exhibition

Building on the phenomenal success of the Hong Kong ‘97 International Stamp Exhibition, Hong Kong 2001 was held from 1-5 February 2001. 

2001 Hong Kong Exhibition Miniature Sheet.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

2001 Queen Elizabeth II - Royal Visits,

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's many visits to New Zealand have seen her become closely involved with all aspects of New Zealand life over a reign of over 50 years.

Se-tenant Strip of one 40c, one 80c, one 90c, one $1.30, one $1.50 and one $2 stamp.

Five Decades of a Queen and Country
In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was the first monarch to visit New Zealand and the first to adopt the title of Queen of New Zealand. Through five decades of significant social and political change, she has worked diligently to be involved in all aspects of New Zealand life, both official and informal.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

100 Years of Moving the Mail

What better way to begin the first year of the 21st century than with a landmark stamp issued, celebrating the last 100 Years of Moving the Mail within New Zealand and overseas? 

Two five-stamp strips showing all the stamps from this issue.
This sheetlet of ten stamps presented ten different chapters of our postal history, ranging from the earliest modes of mail transportation to our most recent and fastest-growing form of communication, electronic mail.

The 100 Years of Moving the Mail issue commemorated New Zealand’s introduction of ‘Universal Penny Postage’ in 1901. The first 40c stamp on the sheetlet reproduced aspects of the original Penny Universal stamp, of which 2,000,000 were produced. The centre of the stamp featured the steamship, Sonoma, one of three vessels to carry mail during 1901 between Auckland and San Francisco.

Each stamp provided a unique look at the modes of transport which have shaped mail transportation in New Zealand over the last 100 years: horse-drawn coach, paddle steamer, Railway Travelling Post Office, early motor transport, airmail, bicycles, modern motor and modern air transport. Today New Zealand Post is writing the next chapter in postal history by creating a range of electronic postal products to link with its existing physical delivery capabilities.

Monday, 13 April 2020

2020 WWII 75 Years

Page not Complete - Here is another of those NZ Post issues that takes the form of a miniature sheet. This leads to very poor image quality so this post will not be completed until better images are available.
Six of the fifteen stamps with a flight of  Supermarine Spitfires.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

2002 - Architectural Heritage.

Buildings belong "partly to those who built them, and partly to all generations who follow," essayist and early preservationist John Ruskin wrote in the 19th Century. New Zealanders today are recognising the heritage value of our important buildings.

2002 Architectural Heritage - Se-tenant block Block Six Stamps.

Although relatively young as a nation New Zealand has many fine buildings worth preserving and admiring. In consultation with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, NZ Post selected six fine examples covering a range of styles and periods. All six stamps featured together in a se-tenant block on the Architectural Heritage first day cover.

This issue celebrated six significant New Zealand buildings. Not all of them are old: the Sky Tower was completed in 1997. But one way or another, all the buildings featured have had an enduring impact in their communities and contributed to the growing recognition of our valuable architectural heritage.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

New Zealand Wine Post 2020 - 2029

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

         This is the fourth part of our New Zealand Wine Post collection, taking us through the fourth 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.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Game Bird Habitat Page Four - 2020 - 2029.

         The New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust, established under the 1953 Wildlife Act, exists primarily to improve New Zealand game bird habitat, and secondarily to improve the habitat for other wildlife. The key purpose of the Game Bird Habitat Trust Board is to distribute funding for the development and enhancement of wetland habitat for the benefit of game birds and other wetland inhabitants.

         The New Zealand Fish and Game Council commenced issuing $10 license stamps in 1994.  The stamp is affixed to the game bird hunter's license thus validating the license for the current year. $2 of the license fee goes towards establishment and protection of Game Bird Habitats. The stamps and related products such as miniature sheets and First Day Covers are also marketed by NZ Post with funding received going back to the Habitat Trust.

         This page will cover the stamps and all collector items for the year 1994 through 1999. In many cases, items may be missing but will be added when we find them. Consider this to be an on-going project that will be added to and improved as time goes on.