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Christmas 2007 - Christmas Symbols

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Children and Christmas have always been inextricably linked – so who better to design our Christmas 2007 stamps than our younger generation? It’s an idea that turned into a nationwide competition, which yielded more than 17,000 entries. Only five were destined to become the stars of our stamps – and be seen by millions around the world.

Issue information

The 2006 ‘Design a Stamp’ competition was such a success that we couldn’t resist doing it again. In 2007, school children nationwide were given the challenge of designing a stamp with the theme of ‘Christmas symbols’ – and once again, the results were simply astonishing. The winning five, and particularly the Supreme Winner designed by Sione Vao age six, demonstrated the talent and imagination that abounds among Kiwi kids today.

Product Listing for Christmas 2007 - Christmas Symbols

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 50c 'Christmas symbols' gummed stamp.

Sione Vao – Year 1-2 (supreme winner)
Age 6
Flat Bush School, Otara, Auckland
“Its NZ symbols for Xmas”

Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Robin' gummed stamp.

Reece Cateley – Year 1-2 (category winner)
Age 7
St Josephs School, Hamilton
“The robin is flapping because it’s Christmas”

Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Baby Jesus' gummed stamp.

Emily Wang – Year 5-6 (category winner)
Age 11
Three Kings School, Mt Roskill, Auckland
“Christmas isn’t just about presents and parties, it is also about Jesus’s birth”

Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Beach cricket' gummed stamp.

Alexandra Eathorne – Year 7-8 (category winner)
Age 12
St Orans College, Lower Hutt
“I painted this scene because every Christmas my family and I play cricket on the beach. I also drew a Pōhutukawa tree because it represents Christmas.”

Single Stamp

Single $2.50 'Fantail' gummed stamp.

Jake Hooper – Year 3-4 (category winner)
Age 8
Waverley Primary School, Waverley
“The fantail is delivering Christmas presents to all of NZ”

Single Stamp Single 50c 'Christmas Symbols' self-adhesive stamp. $0.50
Single Stamp Single $1.50 'Baby Jesus' self-adhesive stamp. $1.50
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $10.00
Self-adhesive Dispenser Dispenser box containing 100 x 50c self-adhesive stamps. $50.00
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x 50c self-adhesive stamps. $5.00
Self-adhesive Booklet

Booklet containing 10 x $1.50 self-adhesive stamps (10 for the price of nine).



Technical information

Date of issue: 3 October 2007
Number of stamps: Five gummed stamps, two self-adhesive stamps
Denominations and designs: 50c (gummed and self-adhesive), $1.00 gummed, $1.50 (gummed and self-adhesive), $2.00 gummed, $2.50 gummed
First day cover designed by: Communication Arts, Wellington
Printers and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 35mm x 35mm; Self-adhesive: 30mm x 25mm (vertical)
Paper type: Gummed: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive: Avery Dennison self-adhesive stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 50
Perforation gauge: 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing as least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 2 October 2008.