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Family Life

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The 1981 Family Life Stamp Issue featured different aspects of family life. The four denominations featured the family at play, young and old, at home, and at church. Each of the four stamps incorporated the Maori word "Whanau", which is universally known in Maoridom to mean the extended family.

Issue information

This set of stamps showed the family not only as a unit but as part of the family of mankind.

Family life - At Play - 20c
Participation of the whole family in some recreational activity whether it be an organised sport or a carefree game, as well as being fun, can help to develop good relationships between family members.

Family life - Young and Old - 25c
Despite the difference in age, strong feelings and bonds usually spring up between the young and old. The relationship between the grandparents and grandchildren of the family can be beneficial to both. It usually helps them to understand different values and opinions.

Family life - At Home - 30c
Reading is an enjoyable pastime and when all the family are involved it can stimulate conversation, ideas and for the younger ones, learning.

Family life - At Church - 35c
Family life revolves around permanence and sanctity, personal growth, commitment, mutual understanding and inter-dependence.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 25 in April 1981.

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:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 1 April 1981
Designer: A Derrick, Invercargill
Printers: Waddington Security Print, England
Stamp Size: 28.45mm x 42.58mm
Sheet Size:   100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 13.25 x 13
Paper Type: Unwatermarked
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