Predator Free 2050 is the ambitious goal to remove key mammalian predators from the New Zealand landscape. This effort involves central and local government, iwi, conservation trusts and philanthropists. Predator Free New Zealand Trust (PFNZ) is one of those organisations, working with community groups, schools, marae, neighbourhoods and businesses to ensure our precious native species can flourish for generations to come.
Take a moment to relax, take in the sights and sounds of nature... and imagine New Zealand full of wildlife and predator free.
New Zealand is an isolated island nation where many amazing animal species have evolved in the absence of mammalian predators. However, the introduction of species like rats, stoats and possums has resulted in the endangerment and extinction of many native birds, lizards and insects.
Despite its reputation as an environmental paradise, New Zealand has the highest percentage of threatened animal species in the world. Over 80% of our native birds are at risk. Alongside large scale eradication projects led by local and central government, PFNZ is supporting local communities, iwi, farmers and businesses to help in the effort to rid New Zealand of key mammalian predators by 2050, so backyards everywhere will be teeming with native wildlife for generations to come.
Miniature Sheet and First Day Covers
The miniature sheet featured the kākā, the pīwakawaka (fantail), with the tuke (rock wren) on the miniature sheet first day cover. The first day cover gave you a closer look at the majestic tuatara and the korimako (New Zealand bellbird).
You could read more about the predator free movement and the endangered species being brought back from the brink of extinction with words by Jessi Morgan of PFNZ, and beautiful illustrations by Wellington artist Stephen Fuller.
Businessman, environmentalist and science govenor Sir Rob Fenwick is co-founder and Chair of PFNZ. Sir Rob also chairs The Kiwi Trust which runs Kiwis for kiwi, a charity working to save our iconic kiwi bird from extinction through targeted programs on private land. In this limited edition product you saw the full set of Predator Free 2050 stamps in even more depth and detail, with commentary by Sir Rob.
Product Listing for Predator Free 2050
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Single $1.20 'Tuneful backyards' gummed stamp.
Neighbourhoods with backyards teeming with native species, where sounds of the tūī, hihi (stitchbird) and tīeke (saddleback) create a melodic dawn chorus, would be idyllic for most New Zealanders. The tūī thrives on nectar from flowering flax and kōwhai and is distinctive with its white throat tuffs. The hihi and the tīeke are both on the endangered species list. These wondrous birds won’t proliferate without the removal of predators like stoats, rats and possums.
Single $1.20 'Thriving wetland cycleways' gummed stamp.
Imagine cycling through thriving wetlands and busy rivers on the outskirts of a city, each alive with kōtuku (white herons), whio (blue ducks) and kōtare (kingfishers). Most New Zealanders won’t see a whio or kōtuku in the wild as both are endangered and only found in areas with low predator numbers. The whio, which is named after the sound of the males’ call, is well known for being printed on the $10 banknote. The Hochstetter’s frog is one of four native New Zealand species.
Single $2.40 'Picnic in the park' gummed stamp.
Enjoying the outdoors is a popular pastime for most New Zealanders. You might hear the distinctive wing flap of kereru (wood pigeon) flying low overhead or find weka pecking at your feet trying to steal your bootlaces. Imagine a predator free New Zealand where you could also share your local park with the ancient tuatara, the jewelled gecko or the kahukura (red admiral butterfly) - one of many butterflies and moths that are endemic to New Zealand.
Single $3.00 'Urban oasis' gummed stamp.
Imagine an outdoor urban cafe where the most prevalent birds, visible in the nearby pohutukawa, are New Zealand’s unique native species - the popokatea (whitehead), miromiro (tomtit), toutouwai (North Island robin) and Forbes’ parakeet. Imagine these beautiful birds being so well established in cities and towns that our children were familiar with their names and calls. Popokatea, miromiro and the friendly toutouwai can only be found in forests where predators’ numbers have been reduced, while Forbes’ parakeet is high on the endangered list.
Single $3.60 'Nocturnal wonderland' gummed stamp.
The nocturnal wildlife in New Zealand is as impressive as the creatures that come out in daylight. The great spotted kiwi, one of five species of our iconic flightless bird, is at constant risk of predation. The ruru (morepork/owl) can be found in urban environments all over the country where its haunting, melancholic call echoes in the night. Among the heaviest insects in the world, giant weta are also the largest of the weta species. And New Zealand's spectacular native giant snail (Powelliphanta) is carnivorous, feeding mainly on native earth worms.
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet.||$11.40|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with five gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$11.90|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$11.90|
The presentation pack included a set of five gummed stamps, a first day cover and a miniature sheet. You could find out about the predator free movement and the endangered species being brought back from the brink of extinction with words by Jessi Morgan of PFNZ, and beautiful illustrations by Wellington artist Stephen Fuller.
Still available to purchase. Click here.
This was the ultimate collector's item for this issue. You could learn more about the predator free movement from businessman, environmentalist and science governor Sir Rob Fenwick. Sir Rob is co-founder and Chair of PFNZ, and also chairs The Kiwi Trust which runs Kiwis for kiwi, a charity working to save our iconic kiwi bird from extinction through targeted programs on private land. You saw the full set of Predator Free 2050 stamps in even more depth and detail with the limited edition.
Still available to purchase. Click here.
|Date of issue:||1 August 2018|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$1.20 x2, $2.40, $3.00, $3.60|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Stephen Fuller, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd, Dunedin, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus metallic PMS silver on limited edition miniature sheet; Colour seperations and high-gloss litho-varnishon limited edition miniature sheet only|
|Stamp size and format:||50mm x 30mm (horizontal)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||170mm x 108 (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Perforation gauge:||14.4 x 14|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 31 July 2019. First day covers remained on sale until 2 October 2018.|