Monday, September 5, 2016

New Zealand 2016 - It's a Kiwi Thing

ISSUE DATE: 7 September 2015
STAMP THEME:It's a Kiwi Thing
STAMP SIZE: 37.5 x 38.3 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Graeme Mowday and Jack Faulkner

Driven by our sense of adventure and ardent fervour for fun, New Zealanders hold their own when it comes to creating quirky experiences. Maybe it’s our geographical isolation or the relaxed lifestyle, or maybe it’s all the sheep that we’re so famous for. Whatever it is, the experiences that Kiwis - the people that is, not the national bird - share are unique. It’s a Kiwi Thing is sure to ignite and delight your senses and bring a warm Kiwi smile.


This issue provides a cheery, light-hearted take on the quirky things Kiwis do. Illustrated by Chris Davidson and designed by Graeme Mowday and Jack Faulkner, each of the 14 stamps depicts a comical cartoon scene that is uniquely Kiwi. And with every stamp sheet purchased you’ll receive a free colouring book and pencils for the whole family to enjoy. Read on to find out more about a selection of the stamps.

Cheeky kea 
In other countries tourists worry about their cars being targeted by thieves. But in the great Southern Alps of New Zealand a far greater concern is our friendly alpine parrot – the cheeky kea. Lock down your valuables and hang on to your windscreen wipers, or they’ll be gone before you can say "It’s a Kiwi thing”!

Spotting a kiwi 
Our beautiful, flightless, national bird - the kiwi - sure is an elusive beast. With little hope of spotting one in the wild, these nocturnal creatures are ‘apparently’ best viewed in dark rooms. But you might need your night goggles to catch a glimpse!

Landing in windy Wellington 
Whether it’s a gale-force northerly driving 100 knots or an icy cold southerly polar blast, a plane landing into the infamous windy Wellington makes for a white-knuckle ride. Be prepared to brace yourself for the roller coaster ride of your life!

The first bungy jump 
Whether it was the result of a fateful farming mishap or just a genius idea by a clever Kiwi, the bungy jump put New Zealand on the map for thrill seekers worldwide. Hold on to your hat!

Whale watching 
They may spend most of their time underwater, but experts say Kaikoura’s the place to spot a whale surfacing - just make sure you’re facing the right way!

Complete your kiwiana collection with the set of three first day covers that feature enlarged imagery of the ‘First bungy jump’, ‘Trout fishing - or is it skiing?’ and ‘Whale watching’ stamps.

Stamp images and description thanks to New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post