Our 2003 Scenic - Waterways stamp issue celebrated our waterways, particularly in light of two very special occasions - the United Nations International Year of Freshwater and the 50th anniversary of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.
Water surrounds our nation and criss-crosses our countryside in a myriad of rivers, lakes and streams. It offers recreational opportunities and is transformed to generate most of our electricity supply. It yields an abundance of fish for our tables and sustains a tourism industry second to none. In short, it is part of our lifeblood - essential to our economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
Nature at its Best
All five stamps featured on the 2003 Scenic - Waterways first day cover, complemented with a photograph of Lake Wahapo, located on the South Island's West Coast and formed when ice melted 20,000 years ago.
50th Anniversary of the Photographic Society of New Zealand
All five 2003 Scenic - Waterways stamps depicted photographs taken by members of the Photographic Society of New Zealand - Jack Sprosen, Breen Porter, Brian Cudby, Lynn Clayton and Matheson Beaumont.
Formed over 50 years ago, the Society promoted the advancement of the photographic science and art in New Zealand and overseas. Its activities range from interclub and inter-secondary school competitions to national exhibitions and conventions. It also stores a permanent collection of its members' works, and every year produces a highly sought-after book of photographic images.
Product Listing for 2003 Scenic - Waterways
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|Date of issue:||6 August 2003|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||40c Papaaroha, Coromandel Peninsula; 90c Waimahana Creek, Chatham Islands; $1.30 Blue Lake, Central Orago; $1.50 Waikato River, Waikato; $2.00 Hooker River, Canterbury|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||DNA Design, Wellington.|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Five colours, four process colours and one special|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (landscape)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50|
|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.|