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.
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.
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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|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|
|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.|