2002 Children's Health - Healthy Living

The 2002 Children's Health stamps focussed on the benefits of healthy living, and the importance of eating a variety of different food.

Issue information

The 2002 Children's Health - Healthy Living stamps were all about the benefits of healthy living, and the importance of eating a variety of food from the four main food groups - fruit and vegetables; breads and cereal foods; milk and dairy products; and lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts and pulses. After all, 'we are what we eat', and maintaining a balanced diet plays a significant role in our long-term health.

Each of the three stamps in this issue featured a stylishly rendered 'still life' of nature's edible gifts. They offered us a tantalising glimpse of the immense diversity - in shape, size, colour, texture and taste - to be found in fruit and vegetables from around the world.

A Basket of Goodness

All three stamps featured on the 2002 Children's Health - Healthy Living miniature sheet, which depicted an image of a basket of fruit, whose rich colours and shapes were enough to tempt the taste buds!

Fuel for Life

Two first day covers complemented the stamp issue. The first featured the set of three stamps and an image of children enjoying a healthy picnic lunch, while the second included the miniature sheet, set against a typical New Zealand orchard, its apple trees laden with fruit.

Food to Enjoy

The stamps were also available in sheets of 25, which provided an opportunity to donate even more to New Zealand children in need of a supportive, healthy living environment.

Inspiring Healthy Living for 73 Years

Health stamps had been issued in New Zealand every year since 1929. Each of the stamps in 2002 carried an additional 5c surcharge, which was donated to seven Children's Health Camps throughout New Zealand. These camps build resilient lives by providing individual, innovative, strength-based services that support the development of positive lifestyles for children and families with complex needs.

Special Set of First Day Covers

The Children's Health Camps board released an official set of seven first day covers to help raise funds for the regional Children's Health camps throughout New Zealand.

These first day covers were specially designed by the well known artist Allan Mitchell. Each first day cover has its own distinct postmark, including the date of issue and the name of each of the seven Children's Heath Camps.

This set of seven was only available by invitation and had a guaranteed limited production of 750.

Product Listing for 2002 Children's Health - Healthy Living

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 40c + 5c ' Fruit' gummed stamp.

Nature offers an abundance of fresh fruit, amply illustrated on the 45c gummed stamp. From berries to bananas, fruit offers something to suit every taste.

$0.45
Single Stamp

Single 90c + 5c 'Vegetables' gummed stamp.

Serve them baked, steamed or grilled, natural or draped with your favourite sauce - the vegetables on the 95c gummed stamp offered a complete gourmet experience.

$0.95
Single Stamp

Single  40c + 5c 'Fruit and Vegetables' self-adhesive stamp.

The self-adhesive 45c stamp highlighted two essentials of a healthy, nutritious diet -fresh fruit and vegetables, whether raw or in their perfectly packaged natural state.

$0.45
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $1.85
First Day Cover First day cover with two gummed stamps and one self-adhesive stamp affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $2.35
Set of First Day Covers Set of seven first day covers with two gummed and one self-adhesive stamp affixed. Each first day cover cancelled with a unique postmark on the first day of issue. Limited to 750 sets. $39.50
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $2.35
Self-adhesive Dispenser Dispenser box containing 100 x 45c self-adhesive stamps. $45.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 7 August 2002
Number of stamps: Three
Denominations and designs: Gummed: 40c + 5c Fruit, 90c + 5c Vegetables; Self-adhesive: 40c + 5c Fruit and Vegetables
Miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Ross Jones of Watermark, Wellington
Number of colours: Four
First day cover size: 102mm x 206mm
Miniature sheet size: 110mm x 75mm
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 30mm x 43mm (horizontal); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography
Dispenser printed by: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin
Paper type: Gummed: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper; Self-adhesive: JAC stamp non DC psa stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14 x 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in A and B format.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 6 August 2003.