Health

The Health stamp 'bird series' was completed with the release of the 1966 Health stamp issue.

Issue information

Well-known forest birds - the bellbird and weka were depicted on the stamps, the bellbird on the bough of a native kowhai tree and the weka against a background of ferns. The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

3d + 1d
The bellbird (Anthornis melanura) on the bough of a native kowhai tree.
The bellbird is very difficult to see in the bush as its colours blend so perfectly with the background.  It feeds on insects and the nectar of trees.  Its call is noted for its beautiful tones.

4d + 1d
The weka (Gallirallus australis) against the background of ferns.
The weka is unable to fly but is a fearless bird, like the kea, very inquisitive.  Rats form part of the weka's varied diet and this protects the nests of many other birds from their chief enemy.

Miniature Sheet - 2s
Incorporating six 3d + 1d stamps.

Miniature Sheet - 2s 6d
Incorporating six 4d + 1d stamps.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 39 in May 1966.

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: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/

Technical information

Date of Issue: 3 August 1966
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Harrison and Sons, England
Stamp Size: 28mm x 36mm
Sheet Size: 120 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Performance Gauge: 14
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, multiple NZ and star watermark