Native birds were again chosen for the 1962 Health stamps issue.
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.
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: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/
Product Listing for 1962 Health
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.
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.
|Date of issue:
|3 October 1962
|New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
|Thomas De La Rue, England
|24mm x 40mm
|120 stamps per sheet
|14.75 x 14
|Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark
|Period of sale:
|These stamps remained on sale until 31 January 1963.