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1982 Health

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The 1982 Health Stamp Issue depicted three popular breeds of dogs - Labrador, Border Collie and Cocker Spaniel. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Issue information

Two stamps in a se tenant format depicting - 24c + 2c x 2
Labrador:  bred both as a family pet and working dog, and is a popular gun dog.  It has a characteristic 'otter' tail - short and thick at the stump.

Border Collie:  The Border Collie is notable for its ability as a sheepdog.  It uses the force of its gaze as a means of controlling sheep.  The inclusion of the sheepdog is indicative of the important role performed by these dogs on New Zealand farms.

Cocker Spaniel - 30c + 2c
The Cocker Spaniel, although once used as a gun dog, is now a popular household pet and show dog.

Miniature Sheet - $1.68
Incorporating two examples of each of the three stamps from the issue.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 27 in April 1982.

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: 4 August 1982
Designer: R M Conly, Waikanae
Printers: Joh Enschedé, Netherlands
Stamp Size:  25mm x 42mm
Sheet Size:  100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: Sheet stamps :12.75 x 13.25; Miniature Sheets 13.75 x 13.25
Paper Type: Unwatermarked
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