1988 Green Round Kiwi

New Zealand's first round postage stamp featured quite appropriately New Zealand's own unique bird species - the kiwi. Found nowhere else in the world, this flightless, nocturnal bird is New Zealand's national symbol - the kiwi and New Zealand are instantly associated all round the world.

Issue information

The Māori motif around the border represents the kōwhai tree flower - symbolising the continuous cycle of life.

This stamp was initially produced in a green colour, in booklets of six stamps. There were later printings in sheet format which included the red kiwi issued 17 April 1991, the blue kiwi issued 9 June 1993, the purple kiwi issued 18 June 1997 and a purple overprinted selvedge issued 31 December 1999. The first three printings of this stamp were by Leigh-Mardon by intaglio with the red and blue printings in sheets of 24 stamps. The purple printing was produced by Southern Colour Print by lithography in sheets of 36 stamps. The stamp was engraved by G T Prosser of the British American Banknote Inc. Canada from a design completed by Allan Mitchell.

Product listing for 1988 Green Round Kiwi

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single $1.00 'Green Kiwi' gummed stamp. $1.00
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $1.08
Booklet Booklet containing 6 x $1.00 gummed stamps. $6.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 19 October 1988
Designer: Allan Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Leigh-Mardon, Australia; Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Stamp size: 33mm diameter
Sheet size: Originally issued in booklets of six (green) stamps
Process: Recess printed - Intaglio and Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14.5
Paper type: Red phosphor coated and unwatermarked.