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1979 Health

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Since Health stamps were introduced in 1929 a number of different themes and topics have been depicted. The 1979 Health Stamp Issue depicted the 'Marine Environment'.

Issue information

The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.  The 10c + 2c stamps were designed by Geoffrey Fuller and the 12c + 2c stamp by Peter Blackie.

Marine Environment - 10c + 2 c x 2
The two stamps printed se tenant depicted a demoiselle fish (Chromis dispilus) and a sea urchin (Diadema palmeri).

Marine Environment - 12c + 2c
This design is based on the research activities carried out at the Marine Laboratory, Leigh and depicts an underwater photographer with a red mullet fish.

Miniature sheet - 76c
Incorporating two examples of each of the three stamps.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 22 in October 1979.

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:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 25 July 1979
Designers: P Blackie, Hobsonville and G Fuller, Havelock North
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 24.13mm x 40.64mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 3.75 x 13.25 and 13.25 x 13.75
Paper Type: Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked
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