APEC New Zealand '99

The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) is an opportunity for economies in the region to work together to improve stability, security and prosperity for their respective peoples.

Issue information

New Zealand has much to gain from APEC’s goals. APEC economies include 10 of our 12 top export markets, and it has been estimated that achievement of the group’s objectives could add as much as $1.3 billion to our annual GDP.

New Zealand hosted the 10th annual meeting of the group. This meeting offered opportunities to showcase the country to the 10,000 people who visited, including the leaders of China, the United States, Japan and Canada.

In recognition of the importance of this event, New Zealand Post issued a 40c stamp on 21 July 1999, featuring the APEC logo. The logo was designed to depict the ‘Real Colours of New Zealand’ – nine images and colours that represented distinct aspects of the New Zealand way of life. They were: White (our Aotearoa); Silver (our potential); Black (the colour our athletes wear with pride); Green (our wonderland); Blue (our lack of limits); Teal (our pioneering spirit); Red (our diverse culture); Ochre (where we live); and Brown (those unique and shared New Zealand experiences).

Product Listing for APEC New Zealand '99

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 40c 'APEC' gummed stamp. $0.40
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $1.30

Technical information

Date of issue: 21 July 1999
Number of stamps: One
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Stephen Fuller, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 35.71mm vertical
Number of stamps per sheet: 100
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: 103 gsm red phosphor coated stamp paper
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 20 July 2000.