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1960 Health

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Following the expressed intention of the Post Office to feature different birds each year on Health stamps, another pair was chosen for the 1960 issue. 

Issue information

The Kererū (Wood Pigeon) was depicted on the 3d + 1d stamp and the Kōtare (Kingfisher) on the 2d + 1d stamp.

The stamps were also available as a miniature sheet of six stamps. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of 1960 Health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 21 on 1 August 1960.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for 1960 Health

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2d + 1d 'Kōtare (Sacred Kingfisher)' gummed stamp.

Compared to Australia's 10 species and Papua New Guinea's 24 species, New Zealand is poorly represented having just two species of Kingfisher. One is the widespread Sacred Kingfisher and the other the introduced Laughing Kookaburra found only near Whangaparaoa peninsula. A kingfisher's diet includes insects, crabs, and even small birds.

Single Stamp

Single 3d + 1d 'Kererū (Wood Pigeon)' gummed stamp.

The only species of pigeon indigenous to New Zealand, this bird has no known relatives outside the country apart from one which is now extinct in Norfolk Island.


Technical information

Date of issue: 10 August 1960
Designers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp size: 24mm x 40mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: Stamps 13 x 13.5; Miniature sheet 11.5 x 12
Paper type: Wiggins Teape 'Esparto', multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 31 January 1961.
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