New Zealand Post released these special products to commemorate the 11th Asian International Stamp Exhibition in 1997.
The 11th Asian International Stamp Exhibition took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 12 to 16 February 1997.
The event marked the first time an international stamp exhibition was held in Hong Kong and it enjoyed the patronage of FIAP, philately’s international governing body.
New Zealand Post issued two special exhibition miniature sheets to commemorate Hong Kong ’97: a miniature sheet that featured the 1997 Year of the Ox - Cattle of New Zealand stamps and a lunar calendar ox figure; and a sheet with a background of Māori wood carving with three stamps from the Māori Crafts stamp issue released in 1996.
Product Listing for Hong Kong ’97 Exhibition
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled 1997 Year of the Ox - Cattle of New Zealand miniature sheet.||$3.30|
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled Māori Crafts miniature sheet.||$2.70|
|Souvenir Cover||First day cover with 1997 Year of the Ox - Cattle of New Zealand miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$3.80|
|Date of issue:||12 February 1997|
|Cost of miniature sheets:||1997 Year of the Ox – Cattle of New Zealand: $3.30; Māori Crafts: $2.70|
|Cost of souvenir cover with 1997 Year of the Ox – Cattle of New Zealand miniature sheet:||$3.80|
|Miniature sheets designed by:||1997 Year of the Ox – Cattle of New Zealand: Lindy Fisher, Auckland; Māori Crafts: Red Cactus Design, Wellington|
|Souvenir cover designed and produced by:||Communication Arts Ltd, Wellington|
|Period of sale:||These stamp remained on sale until 19 March 1997.|