It's no wonder that children love playgrounds. Not only are they places where youthful exuberance can be given full rein, they offer opportunities to test personal limits, learn new skills and socialise with others - all with the full support of parents and teachers.
In New Zealand, playgrounds are an essential part of childhood. Found in backyards, schools and parks throughout the country, they have a vital role in keeping our children fit, healthy, strong and confident. They also introduce them to some of the basics of a long and healthy life - regular exercise, plenty of laughter and a willingness to give and take in the spirit of both competition and co-operation.
Our Children's Health stamps for 2003 captured three playground classics: the jungle gym, playground swing and hopscotch. Celebrating life, youth and health, they remind us all of the joy and importance of play.
Images of Play
The 2003 Children's Heath - Children's Playgrounds miniature sheet featured a perennial backyard favourite - a simple tyre transformed into a swing that guarantees hours of playground delight.
Action-packed First Day Covers
The faces told the story on the two 2003 Children's Heath - Children's Playgrounds first day covers. Delightfully colourful illustrations radiated the excitement and energy of a day at play on the slides and merry-go-rounds of a typical New Zealand playground.
Keeping the Magic Going - Building Resilient Lives
Health stamps had been issued in New Zealand every year since 1929. Each of this year's stamps carried an additional 5c surcharge, which was donated to seven Children's Health Camps throughout New Zealand. These camps help build resilient lives by providing individual, innovative, strangth-based services that support the development of positive lifestyles for children and families with complex needs.
Special Set of First Day Covers
The Children's Health Camps board released an official set of seven first day covers to help raise funds for the regional Children's Health camps throughout New Zealand.
Each first day cover has its own distinct postmark, including the date of issue and the name of each of the seven Children's Heath Camps.
This set of seven was only available by invitation and had a guaranteed limited production of 750.
Product Listing for 2003 Children's Health - Children's Playgrounds
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|Date of issue:||6 August 2003|
|Number of stamps:||Three|
|Denominations and designs:||Self-adhesive - 40c + 5c; Gummed - 40c + 5c, 90c + 5c|
|Miniature sheet and first day cover designed by:||Gerad Taylor, Watermark, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 40mm x 30mm (horizontal); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104 gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Perforation gauge:||Gummed: 14; Self-adhesive: diecut|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 5 August 2004.|