Sheep takes centre stage for Chinese New Year

15 December 2014

In 2015 Chinese New Year will begin on 19 February, and one of New Zealand’s most iconic animals takes the spotlight – the sheep. To commemorate a new year in the Chinese lunar calendar,  New Zealand Post will release its annual ‘lunar’ stamp issue celebrating the Year of the Sheep.

“New Zealand continues to be a diverse and multi-cultural society,” said Simon Allison, Head of Stamps and Coins at New Zealand Post. “This becomes apparent around Chinese New Year, where festivities and events take place across New Zealand.

“Though the year can also be known as the Year of the Goat or Year of the Ram, we chose to base our stamp issue around Year of the Sheep as the sheep is a more well-known animal in New Zealand.”

As well as collectable stamp products, this issue features the ultimate collector’s items - two premium gold-foiled miniature sheets. The larger framed miniature sheet is limited to just 128 sheets worldwide and is individually numbered. The smaller miniature sheet is presented in a modern perspex stand and is a great gift for friends and family.

This stamp issue will consist of four stamps that incorporate elements of New Zealand and Chinese cultures into the design, including the Chinese folk arts of calligraphy, paper-cutting and line-art illustration. Each stamp features New Zealand’s iconic ‘long white cloud’ in the background.

The stamps were designed by Asiaworks in Auckland. The issue consists of four gummed stamps (80c, $1.40, $2.00, $2.50), a miniature sheet, a first day cover, a miniature sheet first day cover, a presentation pack and two gold-foiled miniature sheets.

This issue is available for purchase from 14 January 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

For more information:

Libby Greatbatch

Copywriting and Direct Marketing Specialist

Stamps and Coins

New Zealand Post

Tel: +64 4 496 4916