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2008 Children's Health - Investing in the Future

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As athletes from around the world gathered to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, New Zealand Post applauded the efforts of our young achievers of the future with the 2008 Children’s Health stamp collection. Titled Investing in the Future, the collection recognised the work of New Zealand’s Children’s Health Camps (Te Puna Whaiora) in transforming children’s lives.

Issue information

While not every child can grow up to be an Olympic competitor, they all have the right to fulfil their true potential. Te Puna Whaiora helps them to do just that, by providing targeted, solution-focused residential and non-residential programmes and mentoring for children aged five to 12 years whose physical and mental wellbeing is at risk.

The People of Our Future

2008 Children’s Health: Investing in the Future included a first day cover, miniature sheet and miniature sheet first day cover. Beautifully illustrated, they captured the energy and enthusiasm of young people at sport and play – the sports stars, business people and leaders and influencers of our future.

Helping New Zealand Children

Health stamps had been issued in New Zealand every year since 1929. The surcharge was donated to seven Children’s Health Camps throughout New Zealand, which aimed to help children and families with complex needs to build resilient lives.

“Sometimes we take a step back from the families and children we work alongside - we remain in awe of their determination to be all that they can be and the wonderful achievements that follow. The team at Te Puna Whaiora are all proud to meet such inspiring New Zealanders on a daily basis and look forward to continuing to promote their resiliency and achievements.”

Dr Fiona Inkpen
Chief Executive
Te Puna Whaiora
Children’s Health Camps

Product Listing for 2008 Children's Health - Investing in the Future

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 50c + 10c 'Cycling - Inspire' gummed stamp.

New Zealand Post supports Te Puna Whaiora with a selection of stamps that include a 10-cent surcharge. We donate the surcharge to Te Puna Whaiora to help it in its work with community-based health, education and welfare agencies and with schools, families and other professionals involved in caring for children and families.

Single Stamp

Single $1.00 + 10c 'Rowing - Passion' gummed stamp.

The Te Puna Whaiora team are passionate about their work and about encouraging passion in the young people in their care. By bringing out the best of them – through offering opportunities to explore and discover their own abilities – they are helping to ensure that lives of adversity are transformed into healthy, fulfilling lifestyles.

Single Stamp

Single 50c + 10c 'Running - Excel' self-adhesive stamp.

This Children’s Health collection is closely connected to our Olympic stamps, which pay tribute to the passion, motivation, success and celebrations that are the hallmarks of international sporting achievements. It recognises that with inspiration, excellence and passion, our young people can achieve anything – whatever they do, and wherever in the world their lives take them.

Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $2.30
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $2.80
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $2.80

Technical information

Date of issue: 2 July 2008
Number of stamps: Two gummed; one self-adhesive
Denominations: 50c + 10c gummed; 50c + 10c self-adhesive; $1.00 + 10c gummed
Stamps, first day cover and miniature sheet designed by: Martin Bailey, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 35mm x 35mm; Self-adhesive: 25mm x 25mm
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: Gummed: 25; Self-adhesive: 100
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 14.25 x 14.25; Self-adhesive: die cut
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 1 July 2009.