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1981 Health

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The 1981 Health Stamp Issue contained a "marine environment" theme.

Issue information

The set of three stamps depicted children fishing, exploring and examining marine life in the rock pools beside the ocean which is a pastime enjoyed by many New Zealand children.

The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

20c + 2c x 2
Two se tenant stamps depicting a girl with a starfish and boy with a fishing rod.

25c + 2c
Girl and boy playing in a rock pool.

Miniature sheet incorporating two of each of the three stamps of this issue.

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: 5 August 1981
Designer: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons England
Stamp Size: 25mm x 42mm
Sheet Size:    100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 14.25
Paper Type: Unwatermarked
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