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1986 Health Stamps

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The 1986 Health Stamp Issue introduced a new theme of 'Children at Play'.

Issue information

Primary school children throughout New Zealand were encouraged to participate in the 1986 Health Stamp Design Competition, showing their originality and ingenuity in the interpretation of the theme.

The winners (Kylie Epapara, Phillip Kata and Mia Flannery) were aged between 5 and 7 years old.

The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to Children's Health Camps movement.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 35 in April 1986.

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 1986 Health Stamps

Image Title Description Price
  Single Stamp

Single 30c + 3c x 2 gummed stamp.

Se tenant pair depicting 'Football' and 'Children Playing'.

  Single Stamp

Single 45c + 3c gummed stamp.

'Children Skipping'

  Miniature Sheet

Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet.

(Miniature Sheet incorporating two of each stamp).

  First Day Cover

First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.

  Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $1.37

Technical information

Date of issue: 30 July 1986
Denominations: 30c + 3c Printed; 30c + 3c Se-tenant; 45c + 3c
Designers: Mia Flannery; Phillip Kata;  Kylie Epapara; Graphics by Hamish Thompson, Wellington
Printer and process: Leigh-Mardon Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia by offset lithography
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 42mm; 2 stamps vertical; 1 stamp horizontal
Number of stamps per sheet: 100 (10 rows of 10)
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 30 June 1987.
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