Wackiest Letterboxes

A competition was launched in September 1996 with the aim of finding New Zealand's wackiest letterboxes.

Issue information

From Canterbury to the Coromandel, and from Wanaka to the Wairarapa proud mailbox remodellers sent in photos of their creations, in the hope of getting their letterbox on a stamp. Over 300 entries were received from which ten letterboxes were finally selected. The winner had to be interesting, creative and out of the ordinary, but also had to be "postie-friendly" and practical.

The winning entries for this self-adhesive booklet issue were:

  • Timber house with heart-shaped door - Rangiora
  • Owl - Auckland
  • Whale - Mapua
  • Kilroy is back - Auckland
  • Recycled timber house - Rotorua
  • Bagpiper - Patea
  • Divers helmet - Nelson
  • Aeroplane - Wanaka
  • Tap - Waihi
  • Castle - Masterton

Product Listing for Wackiest Letterboxes

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Image Title Description Price
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 x 40c self-adhesive stamps. $4.00
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $4.50



Technical information

Date of issue:  19 March 1997
Stamp booklet and first day cover designed by: Communication Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Australia Post-Sprintpak, Australia
Number of colours: Four
Stamp size and format: 25mm x 30mm vertical
Sheet size: 10 stamps per booklet
Process: Lithography with stochasstic screening
Perforation gauge: Die cut perforations
Paper type: JAC self-adhesive stamp paper, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Special blocks: Due to the booklet nature of this issue, sheet, plate/imprint, positional, value, barcode and colour blocks were not available with this issue. 
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 19 March 1998.