2016 Christchurch Stamp and Postcard Exhibition

In November 2016, Christchurch hosted a national stamp and postcard exhibition which attracted collectors and stamp dealers from around the country.

Issue information

The Christchurch 2016 Stamp and Postcard Exhibition was held from 18 to 20 November at the Addington Event Centre. This national exhibition featured a full range of philatelic exhibits plus postcards and other collectables - nearly 5,000 pages of material in total. The theme of the exhibition was the centenary of the founding of the Canterbury Aviation Company by Sir Henry Wigram.

New Zealand Post was the exhibition’s official sponsor, and had a central stand at the exhibition for those wishing to purchase stamps and coins, or arrange for the special daily cancellations to be applied to mail items.

Special Exhibition Collectables

In keeping with aviation theme of the exhibition, we issued two very special exhibition products - an exhibition miniature sheet and a souvenir first day cover. The miniature sheet depicted the arrival of the Fokker Trimotor VH-USU (known as the Southern Cross) at Wigram Aerodrome on 11 September 1928, after the first successful flight between Australia and New Zealand. It incorporated a replica of the 1958 stamp that was issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first trans-Tasman flight. The first day cover featured a scenic photo of the Avon River.

Product Listing for 2016 Christchurch Stamp and Postcard Exhibition

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Image Title Description Price
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet. $6.30
Souvenir Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. $6.80

Technical information

Date of issue: 18 November 2016
Miniature sheet: One exhibition miniature sheet with two gummed stamps
Miniature sheet and souvenir cover designed by: Stamps and Collectables Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phosphor Gummed Stamp Paper
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 17 November 2017. The souvenir cover remained on sale until 17 January 2017.