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In this retro-themed stamp issue, we celebrated the classic Kiwi dishes that New Zealanders know and love. From cheese rolls to cheerios, these staple dishes have been mandatory in Kiwi kitchens for generations.

Issue information

As it is with many countries around the world, the pride of many Kiwi homes is the kitchen, and the easiest way to a Kiwi’s heart is through their stomach. New Zealand is home to loads of weird and wonderful recipes that combine simple, but flavoursome ingredients to create home and party staples that can only be described as quintessentially Kiwi.

Who would’ve thought that an afternoon tea favourite would be asparagus wrapped in buttered bread? Or that kids’ parties would be incomplete without fairy bread? Every good Southlander is practically raised on Southland cheese rolls, and we all know that the pavlova is definitely a Kiwi invention (just don’t ask any Aussies in the room for fear of restarting the ‘Great Pavlova Debate’).

Whether they’re from the iconic Edmonds Cookery Book or passed down through families there was bound to be a dish on this quirky stamp sheet that every Kiwi could relate to.

18 Classic Kiwi Dishes on One Stamp Sheet

Brought to life by New Zealand artist Jason Kelly, this kitschy stamp issue combined well known Kiwi dishes with Kelly’s signature humour. Each stamp was originally painted on a wooden panel, and together they made a unique sheet of 18 stamps. Read on to find out more about three of the dishes that were featured on the stamps.

Mouse Traps

These yummy cheesy treats are easy to make and adored by Kiwis. You just need toast bread, butter, your preferred yeast-based spread (Marmite, Vegemite or Promite) and some grated cheese. Heat your oven to 160°C, lightly butter each slice of bread, spread with a thin layer of Vegemite, Marmite or Promite and evenly sprinkle the cheese over the bread. Arrange the bread on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the bread is crispy.

Kiwi Onion Dip

A favourite at parties, this simple dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser. To make, just get a 250g can of reduced cream, a sachet of onion soup mix and add one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or vinegar. Put all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well to combine. Chill in the fridge for half an hour to an hour, then serve with sliced vegetables and/or potato chips.

Fairy Bread

A staple of kids parties (and kids-at-hearts’ parties), fairy bread is a simple, sweet treat. All you need is bread, butter and sprinkles. Butter the bread and liberally apply sprinkles. You can add your sprinkles the clean way or the messy way - for less mess, pour the sprinkles onto a plate and place the slices of bread butter-side down on the plate to coat them. If you enjoy living messily (and dangerously), take your sprinkles and pour liberally over your slices of bread (butter-side up).

Add to Your Kiwiana Collection

Included in this special stamp issue was a set of three first day covers that featured enlarged imagery of the Asparagus Rolls, Pikelets and Hokey Pokey stamps. The 18 stamps were spread across the three first day covers, making a perfect addition to any New Zealand stamp collection.

A Kiwi Tea Towel for Your Kiwi Kitchen

As part of this quirky culinary issue, we’ve produced tea towels that are sure to be a talking point in any Kiwi kitchen. Featuring imagery of the full stamp sheet, you can still purchase a tea towel for $10.00.

Product Listing for Kiwi Kitchen

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Image Title Description Price
Set of Stamps Mint, used or cancelled sheet of 18 x 80c gummed stamps. $14.40
Set of First Day Covers Set of three first day covers with gummed stamps affixed. $15.90
Stamp Sheet and Tea Towel Mint sheet of 18 x 80c gummed stamps plus tea towel. $19.90
Tea Towel

As part of this quirky culinary issue, we produced tea towels that were sure to be a talking point in any Kiwi kitchen, featuring imagery of the full stamp sheet. Full digital print tea towel, material:100% ​cotton, size:50cm x 70cm, 190 GSM.

Still available for purchase. Click here.


Technical information

Date of issue: 1 July 2015
Number of stamps: 18 gummed stamps
Stamps and first day covers designed by: Jason Kelly, Artist, Christchurch
Denominations: 18 x 80c
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours with synseal overgloss
Stamp size and format: 37.5mm x 38.3mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 18
Perforation gauge: 14.4 x 14.62
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 30 June 2017.  First day covers remained on sale until 1 September 2015.