Australia Post and New Zealand Post join forces to commemorate Anzac

7 April 2015

New Zealand Post and Australia Post commemorate The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in a joint stamp issue. The New Zealand stamps include an 80c stamp and a $2.00 stamp. The stamps issued in Australia carry Australian denominations.

 

Australia Post Managing Director and Group CEO Ahmed Fahour said, “In this centenary year of the Gallipoli campaign we are proud to release a joint stamp issue with New Zealand Post that recognises those who served their nation as part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice.

 

“These stamps honour those who served during the Great War, and whose service forged a lasting bond between Australia and New Zealand,” Mr Fahour said.

 

Chief Executive of the New Zealand Post Group Brian Roche said, “New Zealand and Australia enjoy a close relationship, which deepened with the combined service of our troops during World War One. Many New Zealanders have a personal link to the war and this stamp issue provides an opportunity for us to commemorate both the original Anzacs and those who have served since World War One”.

 

ANZAC was formed in Egypt in the months prior to deployment to Gallipoli. The first contingent of Australian and New Zealand troops had sailed in convoy to Egypt to train for service as part of the allied forces. On 25 April 1915, troops landed on a narrow beach that became known as Anzac Cove; the men themselves subsequently became known as Anzacs. For both countries, an important strand of identity was formed in the trenches of Gallipoli and this remains a touchstone of national identity.

Sonia Young of the Australia Post Design Studio designed the stamp issue, which features silhouetted soldiers and the floral emblems of each country against a backdrop of Anzac Cove.

The stamps and coins were designed by Australia Post Design Studio in Melbourne, Australia. The stamp issue includes two stamps, a first day cover, a miniature sheet, a miniature sheet first day cover and a special joint issue first day cover, featuring datestamps from New Zealand and Australia. Also available in this issue is the Anzac 2015 Stamp and Coin Set, containing special commemorative stamp-shaped legal tender coins - a first for New Zealand commemorative coins. The set contains the Australian 70c stamp and corresponding replica coin, as well as the New Zealand $2.00 stamp and corresponding replica coin. Each coin has been minted by the Perth Mint using ½oz silver printed with selective colour.

The issue is available for purchase from 7 April 2015 at all New Zealand PostShops and REAL Aotearoa stores. Pre-orders are being taken now through the Whanganui Collectables and Solutions Centre or online at nzpost.co.nz/stamps and nzcoins.co.nz

For more information:

Libby Greatbatch

Copywriting and Direct Marketing Specialist

Tel: +64 4 496 4916

Email: libby.greatbatch@nzpost.co.nz