NZ Post is delighted to introduce a range of beautiful pins showcasing the designs of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s iconic pre-decimal stamps.
New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to put pictures of the countryside, birds, and animals on its stamps. These stamps became known as pictorials, and the first were issued on 5 April 1898. The stamps featured pictures of New Zealand mountains, lakes, a Māori war canoe, and native birds. Stamps featuring native birds have always been popular, and New Zealand is home to many endemic species like the kiwi which are unique to the country. Two pictorial designs from 1935 are now available as pins.