ANZAC 2013 - New Zealanders Serving Abroad

Every year on ANZAC day we remember the dedicated men and women who have served for New Zealand. The duties that these men and women undertake are crucial to the work of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and are honoured in this special stamp issue.

Issue information

For the past 60 years, New Zealanders have been serving continually in peace-support operations around the world. The duties that these dedicated men and women undertake are crucial to the work of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and are honoured in this special stamp issue.

Whilst lesser known than our involvement in the world wars, peace-support operations have been a major part of the activities that New Zealand undertakes as a ‘good international citizen’. 2013 is the 60th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War, and since this time we have deployed to many overseas locations, mainly but not exclusively supporting United Nations (UN) operations.

In recent years the NZDF has made major commitments to Bosnia (1992-2007), Timor-Leste (1999-2012), the Solomon Islands (2003-present) and Afghanistan (2003-2013), as well as providing ongoing support to Antarctica during its summer season. In 2013 many of these overseas commitments will come to an end, including the scheduled withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

The stamps in this issue highlight six overseas operations in which our service personnel have shown dedication to achieving peace and security. A first day cover featuring the iconic poppy is also available.


70c - Afghanistan

Since 2003 the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) has operated in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan tasked with maintaining security. The NZPRT has also supported the provincial and local government in numerous ways. This 70c stamp shows Kiwi Team One on patrol in north-east Bamyan, 2011.


70c - Timor-Leste

The NZDF supported various security and stabilisation operations in Timor-Leste between 1999 and 2012. In all, 4,000 NZDF personnel were deployed, making it New Zealand’s largest deployment since the Korean War. This 70c stamp shows a Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois (International Stabilisation Force) carrying Australian troops in Dili, Timor-Leste, 2008.


$1.40 - Solomon Islands

New Zealand has been contributing to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands since its inception in July 2003. The NZDF’s embrace of its Māori tikanga makes it an effective force on deployment in the Pacific region, and the $1.40 stamp shows members of TG Rata 8 performing a haka to welcome TG Rata 9 in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2009.


$1.90 - Bosnia-Herzegovina

New Zealand's 15-year-long commitment to Bosnia began in 1992, when the Government agreed to contribute military observers to the UN peacekeeping effort. The $1.90 stamp shows an M113A1 of Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles on checkpoint duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2007.


$2.40 - Antarctica

Antarctica is one of the NZDF’s specialist areas of operation, utilising the right skills and equipment to cope with this challenging environment. The NZDF has been involved in Antarctica for more than 50 years, and the $2.40 stamp shows New Zealand ANZAC class frigate Te Kaha patrolling Antarctic waters, 1999.


$2.90 - Korea

The UN Command Military Armistice Commission was created to supervise the Armistice, signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953. The $2.90 stamp shows the post-armistice Korean headquarters of the 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery, on what became known as 'Kiwi Hill', 1953.


Technical information

Date of issue: 10 April 2013
Number of stamps: Six gummed stamps
Denominations: 70c (x2), $1.40, $1.90, $2.40, $2.90
Stamps, miniature sheet booklet and first day cover designed by: Strategy Design and Advertising, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours plus gold
Stamp size and format: 40mm x 30mm (horizontal)
Paper type: 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 9 April 2014