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1964 Health

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New Zealand sea birds, tarāpungas (red billed gulls) and kororā (blue penguin), were selected as the subject for the designs of the 1964 Health stamp issue.

Issue information

The stamps were also available as a miniature sheet of six stamps. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of 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. 31 on 22 May 1964.

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 1964 Health

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 2 1/2d + 1d 'Tarāpungas (red billed gulls)' gummed stamp. 

The Red-billed Gull (Larus novaehollandiae), is simply called seagull by most people. Primarily a bird of the coast, although it can be often found inland scavenging at tips.

3 1/2d
Single Stamp

Single 3d + 1d 'Kororā (blue penguin)' gummed stamp.

The blue penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the smallest of all penguins. They nest around all New Zealand coasts and especially on small off-shore islands. They are also found at the Chathams, Tasmania and the southern coast of Australia. The design was based on a painting by Chloe Talbot Kelly which depicted a kororā with its chick on a rocky coast line.


Technical information

Date of issue: 5 August 1964
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp size: 36mm x 28mm
Sheet size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation gauge: 14.25
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark
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