The "bird theme" was continued for the 1965 Health stamp issue. For the first time since 1934, the year of issue was included in the designs.

Issue information

The birds selected were the kaka (parrot) and the piwakawaka (fantail). The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 35 in July 1965.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 4 August 1965
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size:  25mm x 41mm
Sheet Size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 13.75 x 13.25
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark