NZ Post has a rich history stretching back 170 years. From the early 1830s when whalers, missionaries and traders had to rely on occasional passing ships, to the present as a successful commercial entity competing in local and global markets.
June 10, 2023 – New Zealand 1898 Pictorials – Series 1
At the time of issue, these stamps represented a departure from the almost universal use of portrait designs of monarchs or presidents. Each denomination had its own unique design, and they were more attractive and interesting to consumers and collectors. The advantages from both financial and general points of view had been submitted to the Postmaster-General as early as 1894 for a stamp issue that was “symbolic of the land.” The stamps were all engraved and their first issue printed by Waterlow and Sons, England, with later supplies being printed in New Zealand from new plates. At the time of issue, New Zealand used British currency, and the original face values of the stamps range from a half penny to two shillings.
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Single 1/2d ‘Mount Cook’ gummed stamp
Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. The mountain ridge runs from the Hooker Glacier on the west side to the Tasman Glacier on the east and forms a section of the South Island’s Main Divide. The flowers depicted on the stamp are the ranunculus and celmisia – two varieties of alpine flora.
Single 1d ‘Lake Taupo’ gummed stamp
Taupo is the name of the largest lake in New Zealand, and of the town in Tapuaeharuru Bay at its north-eastern corner. The lake covers 606 square km, and is 357 metres above sea level in the central North Island. The lake is well known for its boating and rainbow trout fishing. Mount Ruapehu (2,797 metres) is illustrated in the background of the design; the tree to the left is a cabbage palm (tī kōuka) – named by early European settlers who ate the head of the plant in place of cabbage. This was New Zealand’s first two-coloured stamp.
Single 2s ‘Milford Sound’ gummed stamp
This region of the South Island has some of the most majestic, unspoiled scenery in the world. Milford is the northernmost of several fiords that cut deeply into the coastline, and it is the most spectacular with sheer rock faces soaring 1,200 metres steeply from the sea, backed by mountains as high as 1,900 metres. Mitre Peak (1,695 metres) is depicted on the right of the stamp and cabbage palms/ tī kōuka on the left.
Single 4d ‘White Terraces’ gummed stamp
View of the White Terraces, Lake Rotomahana. The White Terraces were situated at the north-east corner of Lake Rotomahana, near Rotorua. The hot waters descended to the lake over a series of spreading ledges or hollowed terraces.
Single 9d ‘Pink Terraces’ gummed stamp
The Pink Terraces along with the White Terraces (see 4d stamp) were destroyed when Mount Tarawera erupted on the night of 10 June 1886. An estimated 153 people were killed in the sparsely populated area, and three Māori villages were destroyed. The only records of these scenic phenomena are paintings and photographs taken by some of the thousands of people who went there as tourists. A tree fern is on the left of the design and nikau palm on the right.