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2014 Children's Health: Growing a Healthy Future

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Every year New Zealand Post issues a Children’s Health stamp issue that supports Stand Children’s Services Tū Māia Whānau. Ten cents from each stamp in this issue goes directly to Stand Children’s Services to aid the service they provide to children around New Zealand.

Issue information

Teaching children to grow their own fruits and vegetables not only benefits their health and well-being, it gives them positive attitudes towards healthy foods as well as a sense of pride and accomplishment. The 2014 Children’s Health stamp issue celebrated these foods that fuel the New Zealanders of tomorrow.

Growing fruits and vegetables is becoming a popular pastime at home and in classrooms around New Zealand and teaches children skills they’ll retain for life. They’re taught to be patient when waiting weeks (if not months) for their fruits and vegetables to grow as well as having the responsibility of having to nurture something from start to finish. These skills help promote a positive attitude towards healthy foods and create habits they’ll take through into adulthood.

New Zealand Post has been a proud supporter of the Children’s Health Camps throughout the country since 1929. The 10-cent surcharge on each stamp in this issue went directly to Stand Children’s Services Tū Māia Whānau to aid the valuable service they provide to children and their families in need around New Zealand.

The three illustrated stamps in this unique issue show children proudly holding the foods they have grown, while their shadows hint at the potential these children possess.

This self-adhesive stamp was also available in a sheet of 100 – perfect for your postage needs.

Collectables Celebrating Healthy Choices

This charming Children’s Health issue included a miniature sheet and miniature sheet first day cover that carried on the theme of ‘Growing a Healthy Future’. The miniature sheet was the only way to obtain all three stamps in a gummed format

Product Listing for 2014 Children's Health: Growing a Healthy Future

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 80c + 10c 'Carrots' gummed stamp.

This future scholar proudly shows off her harvest of carrots for all to see on this stamp. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, thanks to the natural source of beta-carotine. The nutrients in carrots help build strong bones and a healthy nervous system.

Single Stamp

Single $1.40 + 10c 'Apples' gummed stamp.

This stamp shows a happy young boy with the apples he grew himself, giving him the nutrients he needs to grow up healthy and strong. Apples are loaded with vitamin C, B-complex vitamins and fibre, making them a perfect snack for growing kids.

Single Stamp

Single 80c + 10c 'Pumpkin' self-adhesive stamp.

This self-adhesive stamp shows a potential future rugby star as he proudly shows off the pumpkin he grew himself. Like carrots, pumpkins are full of beta-carotine, which is converted into vitamin A - a valuable antioxidant that is important for good eyesight.

Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet. $3.30
First Day Cover First day cover with two gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp affxed. $3.80
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. $3.80

Technical information

Date of issue: 3 September 2014
Number of stamps: Two gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp
Denominations: 80c + 10c gummed and self-adhesive, $1.40 + 10c gummed
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Insight, Wellington
Illustrated by:  Chris Davidson,
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 30mm x 40mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper and Avery Dennison Kraft Back 210gsm
Number of stamps per sheet: Gummed: 25; Self-adhesive: 100
Perforation gauge: 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in A and B formats.
Period of sale: Unless stocks were exhausted earlier, these stamps remained on sale until 2 September 2015. 
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