Stamps celebrate New Zealand in space

26 January 2018

New Zealand Post is celebrating the landmark achievement of New Zealand becoming the 11th country in the world to launch a rocket into orbit, with a special set of commemorative stamps.

On Sunday 21 January 2018, Rocket Lab launched its Electron rocket into low orbit from a launch site on the Māhia Peninsula.

Achieving this milestone means that New Zealand is receiving global recognition as a serious player in the aerospace industry. New Zealand Post’s Head of Stamps and Coins, Simon Allison, says this is an incredible moment for New Zealand as we make space history for the very first time.

“We are extremely proud to support the Rocket Lab team and wanted to celebrate the occasion with these very special stamps. This achievement has showcased the very best of our country’s engineering talent and innovation.” Rocket Lab’s Chief Executive, Peter Beck says this mission signals a new era in making space accessible for commercial enterprise.

“As the first privately operated orbital launch site in the world this was a significant event and we are very proud that it took place in New Zealand.”

The stamps feature photographs taken of Electron’s journey into orbit, including The Humanity Star imaging satellite, which will rotate Earth and be visible to the naked eye.

The stamps can be ordered online at and will be on sale in PostShops.