1999 Children's Health - Children's Books

A New Zealand Children’s Health stamp issue has been issued every year since 1929. The three stamps in this issue all carried a 5c surcharge which was donated to New Zealand Children’s Health Camps, which works to provide a healthy environment for children. 

Issue information

The focus of this year’s Children’s Health stamp issue was children’s books and their contribution to the education, health and well-being of our children. Like parables, these stories were intended not only to enlighten but also to educate the listener.

Chosen for this stamp issue were three popular children’s books. The first is Hairy Maclary's Bone, by Lynley Dodd, published in 1984. Hairy Maclary has become a familar and very special character to New Zealand children, and has helped cement Dodd's place as one of New Zealand's foremost authors of children's picture books.

The second is A Lion in the Meadow text by Margaret Mahy. No collection could be complete without this title by Mahy, a seminal work of New Zealand children's literature first published in 1961. Mahy has fittingly described the story as being "about the triumph of a child's imagination".

The last stamp in this issue is Greedy Cat, by Joy Cowley. This story, while a distinctly New Zealand tale written by a New Zealander in 1983, has universal appeal and is as popular overseas as it is here.

All of these authors have made wonderful and ongoing contributions to helping our children learn how to read, while telling stories that children love to read.

Two stamps were produced in sheet format while a third self-adhesive stamp was produced in coils of 100 stamps. All three stamps were also reproduced on a miniature sheet.

Product Listing for 1999 Children's Health - Children's Books

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c + 5c 'A Lion in the Meadow' gummed stamp.

Illustrations by Jenny Williams. Reproduced by permission of Orion Children’s Books.

Single Stamp

Single 80c + 5c 'Greedy Cat' gummed stamp.

Illustrations by Robin Belton ã Crown, 1983. Reproduced by permission of the publisher Learning Media Ltd, Wellington, NZ.

Single Stamp

Single 40c + 5c 'Hairy Maclary 's Bone, by Lynley Dodd' self-adhesive stamp.

1984 licensed by Mallinson Rendel Publishers Ltd., Wellington, NZ

Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $1.75
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps 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
Self-adhesive Dispenser Dispenser box containing 100 x 40c + 5c self-adhesive stamps. $45.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 16 June 1999
Designer: Ann Adams, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Stamp size: 40mm x 30mm and 37.14mm x 25.74mm (self-adhesive coil stamp) 
Miniature sheet size: 130mm x 90mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Lithography
Perforation gauge: 14
Paper type: 103 gsm red phosphor coated
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 15 June 2000.