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Architectural Heritage

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Buildings belong "partly to those who built them, and partly to all generations who follow" essayist and early preservationist John Ruskin wrote in the 19th Century. New Zealanders today are recognising the heritage value of our important buildings.

Issue information

This issue celebrated six significant New Zealand buildings. Not all of them are old: the Sky Tower was completed in 1997. But one way or another, all the buildings featured have had an enduring impact in their communities, and contributed to the growing recognition of our valuable architectural heritage.

Some of the sidelights and snippets we uncovered in preparing this issue were fascinating. For instance, parts of the Auckland War Memorial Museum replicate London's Whitehall - but they had to be sketched from cinema newsreels because architects could not afford the rights to the original blueprints.

Six of the Best

Although relatively young as a nation New Zealand has many fine buildings worth preserving and admiring. In consultation with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, we selected six fine examples covering a range of styles and periods. All six stamps featured together in a se-tenant block on the Architectural Heritage first day cover.

A Collection to Build

Each stamp in the Architectural Heritage issue was available in sheets of 50. Se-tenant blocks were also available and there was a souvenir miniature sheet stamp booklet. The booklet contained seven miniature sheets, six incorporating one of the stamps from this issue and one incorporating all six stamps.

Commemorative Coins

Take a look at the commemorative coins that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.

Product Listing for Architectural Heritage

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Image  Title Description Price
Single Stamp 

Single 40c 'Auckland War Memorial Museum' gummed stamp.

2002 was the 150th anniversary of New Zealand's first museum, opened in Auckland in 1852. The current building was opened in 1929.

Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Stone Store, Kerikeri' gummed stamp.

New Zealand's oldest stone building, constructed in the 1830's. It has served its Bay of Islands community as a shop since 1848.

Single Stamp

Single 90c 'The Arts Centre, Christchurch' gummed stamp.

Completed in 1877 and originally the home of Canterbury University College. It's now a hub for arts, crafts and performance.

Single Stamp

Single $1.30 'Government Buildings, Wellington' gummed stamp.

The Government Buildings, famously the biggest wooden structure in the Southern Hemisphere (and the world's largest timber office building), has been a symbol of Wellington's focus as a public service city for 125 years.

Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Railway Station, Dunedin' gummed stamp.

Famous among rail enthusiasts as one of the finest stations from the age of steam. Built in Flemish Renaissance style it opened in 1906.

Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Sky Tower' gummed stamp.

Taller than the Eiffel Tower - and the Southern Hemisphere's tallest tower. Lasers and GPS satellites were used to guide the construction.

Miniature Sheet Booklet Collectable booklet containing a range of miniature sheets and further information on the stamp issue. $16.95
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.40

Technical information

Date of issue: 3 April 2002
Number of stamps: Six
Denominations and designs: 40c Auckland War Memorial Museum, 80c Stone Store, Kerikeri, 90c The Arts Centre, Christchurch, $1.30 Government Buildings, Wellington, $1.50 Railway Station, Dunedin, $2.00 Sky Tower, Auckland
Se-tenant block: $6.90
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Mission Hall Design Group Limited, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 25mm x 30mm (vertical), 25mm x 60mm (vertical), 30mm x 50mm (horizontal)
Paper type: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper
Perforation gauge: 14.4 x 14
Number of stamps per sheet: 50
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 2 April 2003.