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Oceania/Other : NZ Health stamps no longer to be issued

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jillcrow
31 Jul 2017
04:46:59am
I received an email from NZ Post today, giving the following information:

In 1929 New Zealand Post worked with Children’s Health Camps - now Stand Children’s Services (Stand) - to create an annual stamp issue to help New Zealand’s most at risk children.

Each issue had a different theme, with the aim to educate all New Zealand children and their families about good health. A donation from the sale of each stamp provided critical funding for the Children’s Health Camps across New Zealand.

In recent times, mail volumes have been in decline and this has been reflected in the number of Children’s Health stamps sold. Unfortunately, this has led to it no longer being financially viable for New Zealand Post and Stand to administer this stamp issue.

As a result, this annual stamp issue will no longer be continued, however New Zealand Post will continue to support the great work that Stand does by other means. September 2016 was the last date of issue for Children’s Health Camp stamps, however this issue is still on sale here until 6 September 2017.

Rather sad.
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Jansimon
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31 Jul 2017
05:00:03am

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re: NZ Health stamps no longer to be issued

A sign of the times, I suppose.
I recently saw that the minimum nominal value for NZ stamps has doubled in 6 years from 0.50 to 1.00 NZ$... Another sign.

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17 Aug 2017
02:08:54pm
re: NZ Health stamps no longer to be issued

It's a pity, the health stamps I find to be the more interesting of NZ issues. The most famous of my collection of health stamps are these.

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Jansimon
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18 Aug 2017
02:34:12am

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These are classics. For a moment I thought you'd call the Teddy bear issue of 1996 the best of your collection but I suppose you do not have these.

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Rob1956
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18 Aug 2017
05:04:52am
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Hi Jansimon

I'm currently working on pre-decimal Australia, and now and then I'll grab the odd rare NZ issue when it comes along. I have heard of the error concerning the 1996 issue; I believe the baby was facing the wrong way in his baby capsule with a teddy bear beside him behind a seat belt also facing the wrong way (I believe it was the teddy bear that proved the baby was facing the wrong way and when the bear was removed it gave the impression the baby was now in the correct backward facing position).

I have never seen one for sale in Australia, if it were and it was in mint unhinged condition I would have certainly bought it for my collection. I normally do not buy from auctions as I do not believe in paying an auction commission which is very high.

I have a specialist dealer who only deals in premium quality stamps, although he does not sell the common decimal issues, he does sell decimal issues that are scarce or rare, and those that have major errors.

I believe that the rare teddy bear stamp was also issued as a peel and stick (self-adhesive).

I will ask him to be on the lookout for that particular 1996 health stamp.

Rob


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18 Aug 2017
05:18:24am

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There are only a few hundred of them that escaped destruction, with the self adhesive being the most rare and I believe they sell for thousands of dollars (regardless whether AU$, NZ$ or US$)

The reason why the original design was withdrawn is indeed as you wrote.

Would you really go after a stamp that is that expensive?

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