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2015 Children's Health: Being SunSmart

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With clear, unpolluted skies, an outdoor lifestyle, ozone depletion, and a latitude that puts us close to the sun in summer, ‘Being SunSmart’ is an important part of the New Zealand way of life.

Issue information

The 2015 Children’s Health stamps embrace the SunSmart principles of Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap. New Zealand has always had a love affair with the sun, but in the 1980s it became apparent that this had to change. Our national melanoma rates were doubling every ten years, so as a nation we had to learn how to be SunSmart. It’s important not only for adults to embrace being SunSmart, but to teach our children how to be SunSmart too.

This illustrated stamp issue highlights the importance of being SunSmart in a whimsical way. Each stamp highlights one of the four key SunSmart messages that have been a part of our lives for more than 30 years - Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap! New Zealand kids can still enjoy summer - as long as they stay SunSmart!

Ten cents from each stamp in this issue went directly to Stand Children’s Services Tū Māia Whānau (formerly known as Children’s Health Camps) to aid the valuable service it provides to children and their families in need around New Zealand. New Zealand Post has been supporting Children’s Health Camps since 1929.

SunSmart Collectables with a Twist

Available in this playful issue was a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. Each of these collectables featured further imagery supporting the ‘Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap’ message, with a special twist on the miniature sheet. The die-cut miniature sheet featured a large umbrella that’s white and yellow at first glance, but exposed to the UV rays of the sun, it turned purple and green!

A sheet of 100 self-adhesive stamps were also available.

Product Listing for 2015 Children's Health: Being SunSmart

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

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

‘Slip’ is as simple as staying covered - slip on a long-sleeved shirt with a collar then slip into some shade, under either a big leafy tree or a sun umbrella. The girl on this stamp takes this seriously by slipping under the biggest sun umbrella she can find - let the fun in the sun begin!

Single Stamp

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

Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays and ‘Slop’ on some sunscreen! You need to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading outside for it to be an effective protective measure, and reapply at least once every two hours - even more often if you’re hitting the water or working up a sweat.

Single Stamp

Single $2.00 + 10c 'Slap' gummed stamp.

Your face and neck are the most likely places to be sunburned, so ‘Slap’ on a hat to keep them safe! As the girl on the stamp shows, the bigger the better when it comes to hats - wide-brimmed hats or caps with flaps are best for protecting your face and neck.

Single Stamp

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

It’s not just your skin that is affected by UV rays - your eyes need protecting too, so ‘Wrap’ on some sunnies! The best ones to go for are wrap-around sunglasses with 100% UV protection.

Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet. $5.40
First Day Cover First day cover with three gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp affixed. $5.90
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. $5.90

Technical information

Date of issue: 2 September 2015
Number of stamps: Three gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp
Denominations: Gummed: 80c + 10c , $1.40 + 10c and $2.00 + 10c; Self-adhesive: 80c + 10c
Designed by: Donna Mckenna, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography; miniature sheet contains photochromic ink
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 30mm x 40mm (vertical); self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Paper type: Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; self-adhesive: Avery Dennison B90 kraft back PSA 210 gsm
Number of stamps per sheet: Gummed: 25; self-adhesive: 100
Perforation gauge: 14 and die cut
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 1 September 2016. First day covers remained on sale until 2 November 2015.