The 1997 Children's Health stamp designs were the result of a Design a Stamp competition based on the theme of 'healthy living'.
This year's children's health stamp issue carried designs by the three young winners of New Zealand Post's Design a Stamp competition, which was run in the letter stages of 1996.
The theme of the competition was 'healthy living', and it was divided into three age categories: under 9 years, 9-12 years, and 13-18 years.
The Design a Stamp competition winners were:
- 13-18 year category: 17 year old Fern Petrie with her beach design
- 9-12 year category: 11 year old Anita Pitcher's mosaic of a person collecting fruit
- Under 9 category: 8 year old Georgia Dumergue with her design featuring the young artist horse-riding.
The proceeds of the surcharge value of the health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.
Product Listing for 1997 Children's Health - Health Living
|Single Stamp||Single 40c + 5c 'Child on beach' gummed stamp.||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 80c + 5c 'Horseriding on waterfront' gummed stamp.||$0.85|
|Single Stamp||Single 40c + 5c 'Person collecting fruit from tree' self-adhesive stamp.||$0.45|
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet.||$1.75|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with with gummed stamps and self-adhesive stamp affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$2.25|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$2.25|
|Self-adhesive Dispenser||Dispenser box containing 100 x 40c + 5c self-adhesive stamps.||$45.00|
|Date of issue:||18 June 1997|
|Number of stamps:||Three|
|Stamps illustrated by:||40c + 4c sheet stamp: Fern Petrie, Auckland; 80c + 5c sheet stamp: Georgia Dumergue, Auckland; 40c + 5c self-adhesive stamp: Anita Pitcher, Palmerston North|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Communication Arts, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Denominations and designs:||40c + 5c sheet stamp - Child on beach, 80c + 5c sheet stamp - Horseriding on waterfront, 40c + 5c self-adhesive stamp - Person collecting fruit from tree, $1.75 miniature sheet (containing one of each stamp) - beach scene|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four|
|Stamp size and format:||Sheet stamps: 40mm x 30mm (horizontal); Self-adhesive stamp: 26mm x 37mm (vertical)|
|Miniature sheet size:||135mm x 90mm|
|Paper type:||Sheet stamps and miniature sheet: 103gsm gummed stamp paper; Self adhesive stamp: Harrison and Sons self-adhesive stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50|
|Number of stamps per roll:||100|
|Cost of unaddressed first day cover with stamps:||$2.25|
|Cost of unaddressed first day cover with miniature sheet:||$2.25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint, positional or value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps.|
|Colour blocks:||Also known as 'traffic lights', these blocks were included in plate blocks.|
|Barcode blocks:||Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 18 June 1998.|