Blenpex 2012 was Marlborough's first National Stamp and Postcard Exhibition, and collectors from around New Zealand and the world came to the stunning Marlborough region to attend.
The exhibition took place from 12 to 14 October at the Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim. It was an opportunity for philatelists to display their collections and compete for a range of awards. A ‘Gourmet Challenge’ took place as part of the exhibition, in which exhibits were themed around the culinary nature of the region.
To commemorate Blenpex 2012, New Zealand Post issued an exhibition miniature sheet and an exhibition souvenir cover. Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku is featured on the collectables, the peak of which can be seen from all over Marlborough and beyond on a clear day. At 2,885 metres it is the highest mountain in New Zealand outside the main ranges of the Southern Alps.
Three stamps from New Zealand’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee stamp issue were incorporated into the miniature sheet, making it a memorable collectable of both Blenpex 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Product Listing for Blenpex 2012
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|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet.||$5.50|
|Souvenir Cover||Exhibition souvenir cover with miniature sheet affixed.||
|Date of issue:||12 October 2012|
|Miniature sheet:||One exhibition miniature sheet with three stamps|
|Miniature sheet and souvenir cover designed by:||Stamps Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus PMS 877 silver and silver foil|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 11 October 2013.|