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Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers - International Polar Year 2007 - 2009

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In 2009, at the initiative of Finland Post and Chile Post, more than 30 postal administrations issued stamp products on climate change, the common theme being Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers. 

Issue information

Each participating country issued its products in the period January – March 2009, with each country deciding independently on the design of its products. A shared feature of all is the ice crystal insignia.

The impacts of climate change directly on our environments and on our economies have created a greater focus on sustainability. Consequently, today we are seeing global thinking turned into local action. Sustainability is being adopted as a core value by individuals, communities and businesses.

At New Zealand Post we have intensified our focus on a range of corporate responsibility programmes including an environmental programme of work across our group of businesses that is intent on reducing our 2008 carbon footprint by 12 per cent by 2012.

The miniature sheet included two $1.50 stamps that depict stamps featuring images of Franz Josef Glacier set against a backdrop of the Southern Alps from our 2006 Tourism Definitive range. These stamps were different from those issued as they did not carry the date.

Product Listing for Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers - International Polar Year 2007 - 2009

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Image Title  Description Price
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $3.00
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $3.50

Technical information

Date of issue: 4 March 2009
Designer: Alan Hollows, Stamps & Collectables Business, New Zealand Post
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin
Process: Offset lithography
Size of miniature sheet: 120mm x 80mm
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 3 March 2010.