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1962 Health

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Native birds were again chosen for the 1962 Health stamps issue. 

Issue information

The kākāriki (parakeet) was chosen for the 2 1/2d + 1d value and the tīeke (saddleback) for the 3d +1d stamp.

The stamps were also available as a miniature sheet of six stamps. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of 1962 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. 26 on 12 September 1962.

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 1962 Health

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2 1/2d + 1d 'Kākāriki (Red-crowned Parakeet)' gummed stamp. 

Red-crowned parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) are now scarce throughout both the North and South Islands. On off-shore islands and Stewart Island they are numerous. Yellow-crowned parakeets a close relative of the red-crowned parakeet have managed to survive on mainland New Zealand.

3 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 3d + 1d 'Tīeke (Saddleback) gummed stamp.

When the first settlers arrived in New Zealand, Saddlebacks (Philesturnus carunculatus) were widely spread over all three main islands and many off-shore islands. With the introduction of predators they gradually died out. The South Island subspecies survives on just a handful of small islands off Stewart Island. By 1950 North Island birds were confined to Hen (Taranga) Island. Since then they have been successfully relocated on a number of other off-shore islands.


Technical information

Date of issue: 3 October 1962
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Thomas De La Rue, England
Stamp size: 24mm x 40mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation gauge: 14.75 x 14
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 31 January 1963.
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