1997 Children's Health

The 1997 Children's Health stamp designs were the result of a Design a Stamp competition based on the theme of 'healthy living'.

Issue information

This year's children's health stamp issue carried designs by the three young winners of New Zealand Post's Design a Stamp competition, which was run in the letter stages of 1996.

The theme of the competition was 'healthy living', and it was divided into three age categories: under 9 years, 9-12 years, and 13-18 years.

The Design a Stamp competition winners were:

  • 13-18 year category: 17 year old Fern Petrie with her beach design
  • 9-12 year category: 11 year old Anita Pitcher's mosaic of a person collecting fruit
  • Under 9 category: 8 year old Georgia Dumergue with her design featuring the young artist horse-riding.

The proceeds of the surcharge value of the health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.

Product Listing for 1997 Children's Health

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 40c + 5c 'Child Playing on an Uncrowded Beach' gummed stamp. $0.45
Single Stamp Single 80c + 5c 'Child Horse-riding' gummed stamp. $0.85
Single Stamp Single 40c + 5c 'Person Collecting Fruit' self-adhesive stamp. $0.45
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $1.75
First Day Cover First day cover with with gummed stamps and self-adhesive stamp affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $2.25
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $2.25

Technical information

Date of issue: 18 June 1997
Designers: Communication Arts, Wellington, New Zealand; Georgia Dumergue, Auckland, New Zealand; Anita Pitcher, Palmerston North, New Zealand; Fern Petrie, Auckland, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Stamp size: Sheet stamps: 40mm x 30mm; Self-adhesive coil stamp: 37mm x 26mm
Miniature sheet size: 135mm x 90mm
Sheet size: 50 stamps per sheet; 100 stamps per coil; miniature sheet of three stamps
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: Harrison and Sons, (gummed and self-adhesive) red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 18 June 1998.