New Zealand’s flightless birds help underprivileged kids to fly

5 July 2011

New Zealand’s flightless birds are raising funds for vulnerable children as the images chosen for this year’s Children’s Health stamps.

The Children’s Health Camps Foundation is again being assisted by New Zealand Post to help New Zealand’s most vulnerable children.

The Kiwi, Kākāpō and Takahē feature on the stamps which will be released on July 6th. “We think the flightless and endangered birds are perfect, because just like the children and families we support these birds need our help and nurturing in order to survive and thrive,” says Te Puna Whaiora Children’s Health Camps Chief Executive Dr Fiona Inkpen.

“The children and families we journey with are as unique and precious as the birds who have lent their images for these stamps,” says Dr Inkpen.

Te Puna Whaiora runs seven health camps throughout New Zealand providing a nationwide child and family transformative service to New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families.
It is the 82nd year Te Puna Whaiora has partnered with New Zealand Post to raise funds with 10 cents from every stamp sold going to help the children.

The money raised from the stamps will go towards continuing the work of Te Puna Whaiora throughout New Zealand.

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The 2011 Children’s Health Flightless birds stamp issue includes a 60c + 10c surcharge Kiwi stamp, a $1.20 + 10c surcharge Kākāpō stamp, a 60c + 10c surcharge self-adhesive Takahē stamp, a miniature sheet and first day covers.

For further information please contact:

Ivor Masters Head of Enterprises – Stamps, Coins and REAL Aotearoa, New Zealand Post
phone +64 4 496 4420
email ivor.masters@nzpost.co.nz
web www.nzpost.co.nz/stamps