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2009 Children's Health - 80th Anniversary

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For more than 80 years, vulnerable children and families throughout New Zealand have received help and support from Children’s Health Camps. Today, Te Puna Whaiora – The New Zealand Foundation for Child and Family Health and Development – continues to deliver this invaluable community service, making a real difference to the lives of our younger generation.

Issue information

New Zealand Post has been a proud supporter of Children’s Health Camps since 1929. Every year, we’ve issued a range of stamps, with each stamp carrying a surcharge that is then donated to the Health Camps to help them in their work. In 2009 we celebrated the 80th anniversary of Children’s Health stamps with three new designs that each tell a story using an image of a stamp from the past.

Capturing History

This 80th anniversary issue included two first day covers – one featuring the three stamps and the other the miniature sheet. Each included images of Children's Health stamps from the past.

Glimpses of the Past

If you looked closely at the miniature sheet, you could see some fantastic glimpses of philatelic history - each a tribute to the service provided by Children's Health Camps in helping children and families with complex needs to build healthy and happy lives.

Product Listing for 2009 Childrens Health - 80th Anniversary

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Image  Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 50c + 10c surcharge gummed stamp.

The 1996 Children’s Health issue took a new direction, aligning its message with a campaign entitled ‘Children’s Health – Road Safety’. The issue proved controversial, with feedback on the design (and particularly on the use of a child restraint seat) leading to a new design and a complete reprint. Unfortunately, a small quantity of the incorrectly designed stamps found its way into the market.

Single Stamp

Single $1.00 + 10c surcharge gummed stamp.

The 1932 ‘Hygiea’ stamp was the first to be issued with the surcharge inscribed for ‘Health’ rather than ‘Charity’ – although the image of the Goddess of Health attracted more attention, generating considerable controversy in the philatelic journals of the day. The first two sheets to come off the printing press were presented to the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lord Bledisloe, when he paid an official visit to the Children’s Health Camp in Otaki.

Single Stamp

Single 50c + 10c surcharge self-adhesive stamp.

In 1943, New Zealand’s first triangular stamps were issued – an immensely popular innovation that led to long queues at Post Offices throughout the country on the day they were issued. The triangular stamp for our 80th anniversary celebration features Her Majesty Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth II. It was one of two stamps issued in 1943, the other depicting Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret.

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: 7 September 2009
Number of stamps: Two gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp
Denominations: 50c + 10c gummed and self-adhesive, $1.00 + 10c gummed
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Hamish Thompson, Wellington, 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 40mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: Gummed: 25; Self-adhesive: 100
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 13.33 x 13.60; Self-adhesive: die cut; Miniature sheet: 14
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 6 September 2010.