Summer 2010/11 marked a century-long legacy of heroic service on New Zealand beaches, and New Zealand Post celebrated with the 100 Years of Surf Life Saving stamp issue.
For 100 years, the volunteer lifeguard service has saved thousands of lives from the surf, and ensured that New Zealand swimmers are in safe hands.
Surf Life Saving has grown immensely since its early days in 1910, when a group of New Brighton community leaders decided by the light of an oil lantern to create a Surf Life Saving club, Since then, local volunteer brigades have transformed into highly disciplined units, and there are now 73 Surf Life Saving clubs in New Zealand with nearly 15,000 members protecting lives.
100 Years of Service Between the Flags
Lifeguards have become an icon of the New Zealand summer, and their red and yellow flags and caps can be seen on coastlines throughout the country. This vibrant issue depicted surf lifeguards in action - patrolling beaches and rescuing swimmers in heavy surf on beaches up and down the country. Each stamp depicted an aspect of Surf Life Saving, and all five stamps were captured together on the first day cover. Also available was a vibrant presentation pack, in which Bob Harvey, President of Surf Life Saving New Zealand, tells the story of the Surf Life Saving movement in New Zealand.
Product Listing for 100 Years of Surf Life Saving
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|Date of issue:||3 November 2010|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||60c, $1.20, $1.90, $2.40, $2.90|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Creature, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Cartor Security Printing, France by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours, plus metallic silver|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 102gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||13.25 x 13|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks were obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until close of business 2 November 2011.|