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Rescue Services

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When lives are threatened, it’s usually a job for one or more of New Zealand’s rescue services. 

Issue information

New Zealand’s rescue services provide the country with an important safety net, including well-trained people who are dedicated to the task of rescuing others.

Danger comes in many forms. Fire, flood, earthquake, cyclone and far too often human error, all pose a threat to people’s safety.  Yet whatever the circumstances and whatever the location, there is a rescue service ready to spring into action.

This stamp issue featured eight of New Zealand's rescue organisations. Each stamp carried a strong illustration of rescue services at work.

All these organisations share a common purpose - saving lives.

Product Listing for Rescue Services

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 40c 'Fire Service/Ambulance' gummed stamp. $0.40
Single Stamp Single 80c 'Civil Defence' gummed stamp. $0.80
Single Stamp Single $1.00 'Air Sea Rescue' gummed stamp. $1.00
Single Stamp Single $1.50 'Air Ambulance/Rescue Helicopter' gummed stamp. $1.50
Single Stamp Single $1.80 ' Mountain Rescue/Red Cross' gummed stamp. $1.80
First day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $5.75

Technical information

Date of issue:  27 March 1996
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Dave Clark Design, Auckland, New Zealand
Number of stamps: Five
Denominations and designs: $0.40 FireService/Ambulance; $0.80 Civil Defence; $1.00 Air Sea Rescue; $1.50 Air Ambulance/Rescue; $1.80 Mountain rescue/Red Cross
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand, by lithography
Stamp size and format: 25mm x 50mm vertical
Number of stamps: 50 stamps per sheet
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: Coated Papers, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Special blocks: Plate/Imprint, positional or value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats. 
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 27 March 1997.