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75th Anniversary Universal Suffrage/Human Rights

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For the first time the Post Office issued two commemorative stamps on the same day that marked different subjects.

Issue information

One stamp commemorated the 75th anniversary of Universal Suffrage in New Zealand: In 1893 women for the first time were permitted to vote in the country's parliamentary elections, making New Zealand one of the first countries in the world to introduce Women's Suffrage.

The second stamp marked the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This was the first occasion that New Zealand stamps were printed by the Japanese Government Printing Bureau.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 47 in April 1968.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for 75th Anniversary Universal Suffrage/Human Rights

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 3c 'Suffrage' gummed stamp.

This stamp depicts a ballot box with both a man and a woman voting.

Single Stamp

Single 10c 'Human Rights' gummed stamp.

This stamp featured the flame which had been adopted as the symbol of human rights, encircled at the base by the wreath of the United Nations.


Technical information

Date of issue: 19 September 1968
Designers: J Berry, Wellington
Printers: Japanese Government Printing Bureau, Japan
Stamp size: 26mm x 30mm
Sheet size: 50 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Performance gauge: 13
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 31 December 1968.
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