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2018 Round Kiwi Set of Mint Stamps

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Mint set of five gummed stamps.

Individual stamps included in this set

$1.20 'Brown Kiwi' gummed stamp

The brown kiwi is the species many New Zealanders think of when kiwi are talked about. Familiar to communities in northern parts of the North Island, it is also the species most commonly seen in captivity. The brown kiwi usually lays two eggs a clutch, and lays one to two clutches a year, as opposed to the more usual one egg per clutch in other species. Sadly, predators and loss of habitat undo much of this good reproductive work.

$1.20 'Great Spotted Kiwi' gummed stamp

Great spotted kiwi / roroa is the largest species of kiwi, found only in the northern South Island. Great spotted kiwi are New Zealand’s least known species of kiwi, but we know that their numbers are dwindling despite living in harsh environments where conditions are tough even for a stoat, dog or cat. At nesting time, incubation is shared between the male and female parents.

$2.40 'Little Spotted Kiwi' gummed stamp

Little spotted kiwi is the smallest of the five kiwi species. The majority can be found on Kapiti Island, a bird sanctuary off the west coast of the North Island. Through successful translocations, little spotted kiwi are also now found on several other predator-free offshore islands, and in Auckland’s Shakespear Sanctuary and in Wellington's Zealandia Sanctuary. Male calls are heard more often than females', but sometimes a male and female pair can be heard calling back and forth in duet.

$3.00 'Tokoeka' gummed stamp

Tokoeka has four geographically and genetically distinct forms: the critically threatened Haast, the mountain loving northern Fiordland and southern Fiordland, and the Rakiura (Stewart Island) which is unusual among kiwi for being active in daylight. Rakiura offspring also act as 'helpers' with incubation by sitting on the egg for a small part of the day.

$3.60 'Rowi' gummed stamp

Rowi are the rarest of the five species of kiwi. There is only one natural population of about 550 rowi, which reside in Ōkārito forest and surrounds in South Westland. They can also be found on three predator-free islands near Cook Strait. Unlike some other kiwi species, male and female rowi take turns incubating their eggs. Rowi juveniles often stay with their family group for years.

Date of issue: 4 July 2018
Number of stamps: Five gummed stamps
Denominations: Two x $1.20, $2.40, $3.00 and $3.60
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Dave Burke, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 33mm diameter (round)
Miniature sheet size and format: 170mm x 90mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 20
Perforation gauge: 14.48
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until further notice. The first day cover will remain on sale until 3 September 2018.