Cancelled se-tenant set of five gummed stamps.
Individual stamps included in this set
The first New Zealand poppies, made in France, were intended to arrive in time for Armistice Day on 11 November 1921. The shipment was delayed, so the appeal was moved to Anzac Day 1922. These poppies likely resembled the Australian example pictured in the $1.50 stamp.
Through the years, New Zealand's supply of red poppies has been sourced both overseas and locally. With the help of disabled former servicemen in Auckland and Christchurch, the RSA began producing its own poppies in 1931. This example was produced by the RSA in the 1960s or ‘70s.
$3.60 1978 Poppy
The New Zealand poppy used today was adopted for Poppy Day in 1978. The design was trademarked by the RSA to protect it from appearing in inappropriate contexts.
In 2015, an emergency shipment of Australian poppies was sent to New Zealand after a Christchurch factory faced production problems. In an act of Anzac solidarity, Australia agreed to provide the additional poppies at cost price.
As it fell during the COVID-19 lockdown in April 2020, New Zealanders couldn’t attend the traditional dawn service on Anzac Day. The Poppy Appeal was moved online, and people crafted their own poppies from materials like paper, fabric and wool.
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|Date of issue:||2 March 2022|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed|
|Denominations:||$1.50, $2.80, $3.60, $4.10 & $4.90|
|Designed and illustrated by:||Nicky Dyer, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus PMS 485 red and red phosphor|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||170mm x 90mm|
|Paper type:||Arconvert Securpost Premium Gummed 110gsm|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 1 March 2023. First day covers will remain on sale until 27 April 2022.|