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1961 Health

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For the third successive year it was decided to feature native birds on the 1961 Health issue.

Issue information

The birds chosen were the kōtuku (white heron) and the kārearea (bush hawk). 

The stamps were also available as a miniature sheet of six stamps. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of 1961 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. 23 on 18 May 1961.

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 1961 Health

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2d + 1d 'Kōtuku - White Heron' gummed stamp. 

Kōtuku is the Māori name for the white heron, although very rare in New Zealand the bird does frequent the coast and inland waterways of both the North and South Islands.

Single Stamp

Single 3d + 1d 'Kārearea - Bush Hawk' gummed stamp.

The kārearea is the Māori name for the bush hawk, a bird of prey similar to the English falcon.


Technical information

Date of issue: 2 August 1961
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Bradbury Wilkinson, England
Stamp size: 24mm x 40mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio
Perforation gauge: 13.5
Paper type: Guard Bridge, multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 30 November 1961.
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