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Health 1971

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The popular theme of sport on Health stamps continued in 1971 with two stamps depicting hockey. This theme was selected for the stamps as New Zealand was the host country for the tenth International Federation of Women's Hockey Association's conference and tournament in 1971.

Issue information

The third stamp in the 1971 Health Stamp Issue commemorated the Golden Jubilee of the New Zealand School Dental Service.  The New Zealand School Dental Service was the first of its kind in the world and over 97% of New Zealand school children enrolled as patients received the benefits of this service.  The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

3c + 1c
Girls Hockey.

4c + 1c
Boys Hockey.

5c + 1c
Dental Nurse and Patient.

Miniature Sheet - 24c
Incorporating six 3c + 1c stamps.

Miniature Sheet - 30c
Incorporating six 4c + 1c stamps.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 6 in August 1971.

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: 4 August 1971
Designers: L C Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 40.64mm x 24.13mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 13.75 x 13.25
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, with multiple NZ and star watermark
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