2010 ANZAC: Remembrance

For the people of New Zealand, 25 April will always be a day of remembrance.

Issue information

Designated as ‘Anzac Day’ in 1916, it’s our opportunity to remember a wartime event of extraordinary bravery and, ultimately, sacrifice: the World War I Gallipoli campaign, in which 2,721 New Zealand soldiers died.

‘Remembrance’ is the theme of the third stamp release in New Zealand Post’s ANZAC Series. It’s a reminder to us all to honour the courage, tenacity and loyalty of those who have fought for freedom on the other side of the world.

As well as the stamps, the release included a first day cover and a special miniature sheet booklet that tells more about the Anzac Day story. Written exclusively for New Zealand Post, the booklet was more than a unique collectable – it’s a poignant and lasting memento that was sure to be treasured by collectors young and old.

Product Listing for 2010 ANZAC: Remembrance

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Image Title  Description Price
Single Stamp 

Single 50c 'Anzac Day' gummed stamp.

On 25 April every year, New Zealanders and Australians around the world gather to remember and honour those who have died serving their country, and those servicemen and women who have returned. Army representatives at these important occasions wear ‘lemon squeezer’ hats, which were adopted in World War I and worn by New Zealand troops until 1962.

$0.50
Single Stamp

Single 50c 'Gallipoli veterans marching, Anzac Day 1958' gummed stamp.

Many Anzac Day commemorations include a march to local war memorials by returned and ex-service personnel, together with members of the armed forces, cadets, youth organisations and massed bands. For the medal-wearing veterans, the act of marching is especially significant, as it rekindles the memories of marches and esprit de corps of their service years.

$0.50
Single Stamp

Single $1.00 'Posthumous VC award ceremony for Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu, Ruatoria 1943' gummed stamp.

The stories of war include stories of heroes – people whose courage in the most dangerous of circumstances leaves a legacy that lasts forever. Awards such as the Victoria Cross recognise this bravery, and those awarded posthumously, such as that to Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu in 1943 (the first Mäori to be awarded the Victoria Cross), remain symbols of remembrance for their families, their comrades and the countries for which they fought.

$1.00
Single Stamp

Single $1.80 'Nurses place wreath in Cairo Cemetery, Anzac Day 1940' gummed stamp.

Anzac Day commemorations are not confined to Australia and New Zealand. Services are also held around the world, providing opportunities for armed services and civilians to remember the courage and commitment of their compatriots, families and friends. These commemorations typically include a dawn service, followed later by a citizens’ service, speeches and the laying of wreaths.

$1.80
Single Stamp

Single $2.30 'Anzac War Memorial, Port Said, Egypt 1932' gummed stamp.

Almost every township in New Zealand has a war memorial – a tribute to the men and women who’ve died in the world’s wars, and a focal point for communities in their Anzac Day commemorations. New Zealand’s military efforts have also been recognised around the world, such as in the Anzac War Memorial at Port Said in Egypt, which was unveiled in 1932.

$2.30
Single Stamp

Single $2.80 'Sangro War Cemetery, Italy 2004' gummed stamp.

Visit Sangro War Cemetery, in the province of Chieti, Italy, and you’ll find the graves of more than 2,600 soldiers from the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth, who died during World War II. In the intervening years, many New Zealanders have visited the Cemetery and the graves of the 355 New Zealanders who rest there – to lay poppies, attend memorial services or simply spend time in quiet reflection.

$2.80
Miniature Sheet Booklet The ANZAC Series miniature sheet booklet looked at Anzac Day from many perspectives – from those who attend the dawn services to those who march and those whose exploits we remember and honour. Written by Dr Stephen Clarke, Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association, it’s an authoritative account that made fascinating reading. The booklet also included seven miniature sheets, six with individual stamps and one with all six stamps attached. $19.90
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $9.40
Souvenir Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue with the Māori TV Datestamp. $9.40
Souvenir Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue with the Wellington Datestamp for the REAL Aotearoa store. $9.40

Technical information

Date of issue:  7 April 2010
Number of stamps: Six gummed stamps
Denominations: 50c x 2, $1.00, $1.80, $2.30, $2.80
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Cue Design, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours plus silver
Stamp size and format: 40mm x 30mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until close of business 6 April 2011.