2009 KiwiStamp

Inspirational as well as entertaining, the 2009 KiwiStamp made a cheeky statement about New Zealands sense of identity and show what this country has come to stand for.

Issue information

New Zealand stamps have a long history of interesting innovations.

The first New Zealand stamps were issued in 1855, some 15 years after they were originally issued by the British and called ‘Full Face Queens’. We were the first nation to trial advertising on stamps by printing them on the gummed side in 1893.

In modern times New Zealand Post continued its innovation with the introduction of its first non-denominated stamp – KiwiStamp. It held its value and was always be worth the required postage of a Standard Post medium letter.

They were easy to understand and simple to use. You could also use multiple KiwiStamps on a range of letter sizes or to send letters by FastPost.

Inspirational as well as entertaining, they made a cheeky statement about our sense of identity, and showed what this country has come to stand for in the past 170 years.

Whether you sent one on an envelope or received an envelope bearing one, they enriched the experience of letter-writing – an art that, in turn, enriched our lives and our world.

These were produced in booklets of 10, sheets of 50 and coils of 100 stamps.

Special Numbered and Silver Foiled Booklet or Sheet

To celebrate the introduction of this new era in stamps, New Zealand Post released two numbered and silver foiled products. These products were a self-adhesive booklet of 10 stamps and a self-adhesive sheet of 50 stamps with quantities strictly limited:

  • Numbered and silver foiled booklet: 11,000
  • Numbered and silver foiled sheet: 3,000.

Product Listing for 2009 KiwiStamp

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Image Title Description Price
Set of Stamps

Set of 10 self-adhesive stamps.

The KiwiStamp collection, from top left across:

Beach cricket, Pavlova kiwifruit, State Highway 1 sign, Unpredictable weather, Mowing your ¼ acre section, Summer holidays, Wall ornaments, Fish and chips at the beach, Farming in your Swanndri, The classic backyard BBQ.

$5.00
Sheet of Stamps Sheet of 50 self-adhesive stamps. $25.00
Sheet of Stamps Numbered and silver foiled sheet of 50 self-adhesive stamps (limited stock). $25.00
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $5.50
Self-adhesive Dispenser Dispenser box containing 100 self-adhesive stamps. $50.00
Self-adhesive Booklet Booklet containing 10 self-adhesive stamps. $5.00
Self-adhesive Booklet Numbered and silver foiled booklet containing 10 self-adhesive stamps (limited stock). $5.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 7 September 2009
Number of stamps: 10 self-adhesive stamps
Denomination: KiwiStamp x 10
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Robertson Communications, Wellington, New Zealand
Printers: Sheets and coils: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand; Booklets: Australia Post, Sprintpak, Australia
Process: Offset lithography
Number of colours:  Four process colours plus red phosphor tagging in-line
Stamp size and format: 25mm x 30mm (vertical)
Paper type: Sheets and coils: Avery Dennison B90 Kraft Back Adhesive 210gsm; Booklets: B1200 self-adhesive stamp paper
Number of stamps per booklet/sheet: Booklets of 10, sheets of 50 and coils of 100
Perforation gauge: Die cut
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 6 September 2010.