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Philatelic Bulletin New Zealand

April 1982

Issue 27

. New Health senes begins with dogs A new series of Health stamps depicting animals will begin this year with a set featuring dogs to be released on August 4. There is a Labrador on the 24c + 2c, a Border Collie on the other 24c + 2c and a Cocker Spaniel on the 30c + 2c. The stamps were designed by Maurice Conly of Waikanae. These three dogs were chosen because of their popularity as pets and the contributions they make as work ing dogs. Both the Labrador and Cocker Spaniel are among the five most popular household dogs, and the Border Collie is highly regarded as one of the best sheepdogs on New Zealand farms. The Cocker Spaniel, although once used as a gun dog, is now one of the most affectionate and good¡natured household pets. The Labrador is bred as both a pet and a work ing dog. The spaniel, which is universally popular, comes in all colours including brindled. The Labrador comes in yellow, black or chocolate, and has a characteristic "otter" tail - short, and thick at the stump. It is the most popular general purpose gundog today, as well as being extensively used as a guide dog for the blind. Notable for the way it controls sheep, the Border Collie does not rely on speed or strength, but instead, on the force of its gaze. Th is almost mesmeric quality is referred to as the "eye" and is unique. The inclusion of a sheepdog in the set is



indicative of just how important the role of these animals is to the New Zealand way of life. All stamps in the new set are vertical, measuring 25mm x 42mm. The stamps are printed in sheets of 100 (10 rows of 10), using lithography by Joh Enschede en Zonen of Holland. The 24c + 2c values are printed se¡tenant. Miniature sheets containing two sets of each slamp measuring 100mm x 126mm are available at a cost of $1.68 each. Plate/Imprint, positional or value blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps of each denomination. The stamps will remain on sale at post offices until October 5, and at the Post Office Philatelic Bureau, Private Bag, Wanganui (mail orders) and philatelic sales positions until June 30, 1983, unless stocks are exhausted earlier. Unaddressed First Day Covers designed by Maurice Conly will cost 91 c, and may be ordered and paid for at local post offices from June 3, until August 4, inclusive. Alternatively they may be purchased over the counter from Chief Post Offices and selected post offices from August 4 to 13 inclusive. Orders for First Day Covers close at the Philatelic Bureau on August 41982. -It

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Architectural heritage ends with 1982 Issue #

New Zealand's present philatelic recognition of a heritage of imposing and gracious buildings will end on April 7 with the third issue of architecture stamps. As with similar releases in 1979 and 1980, four stamps designed by Mr P. G. Leitch of Tawa comprise the 1982 set. The subjects for Mr Leitch's skills - again two residences and two public buildings - are Alberton, Auckland; Caccia Birch, Palmerston North; the Dunedin Railway Station and the Ophir Post Office. Alberton carries the 20c denomination, Caccia Birch 25c, the Dunedin Railway Station 30c and the Ophir Post Office 35c. The stamps, each 42mm by 25mm and printed by lithography in England by Walsall Security Printers Ltd, will be issued in sheets of lOO, (10 rows of 10). FIRST DAY COVERS Orders for unaddressed first day covers costing $1.18 can be placed by special form and paid for at local post offices from February 4 till April 7 inclusive. Alternatively, unaddressed covers may be purchased over the counter from Chief Post Offices and selected post

offices from April 7 to April 20 inclusive. Mail orders for fi rst day covers close at the Philatelic Bureau, Wanganui, on April 7 1982.


Plate/imprint, positional or value blocks may be obtained "y purchasing at least Six stamps of all denominations. Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale at post offices until June 1, 1982 and at the Post Office Philatelic Bureau, Private Bag, Wanganui (mail orders) and philatelic sales positions until April 30 1983. The NZ Post Office had the co¡operation of the NZ Histo¡ ric Places Trust in deciding the subjects for the architecture series. Featured in the 1979 issue were Riverlands Cottage, Blen. heim; Mission House, Waimate North; The Elms, Tauranga, and the Provincial Council ' hTtsrchmch. The 1980 issue covered Ewelme Cottage, Parnell; Broadgreen, Nelson; CourtG house' Oamaru' . ' . and the overnment Buildings, Wellington.

Alberton, depicted on the 1982 20c architecture stamp, was built in 1867 by Allan Taylor who came to New Zealand as a boy, having lived fffTnclTIf1lnd Scotland. Essentially Alberton was a farmhouse, a timber frame and gabled building of 11 rooms (5 upstairs and 6 down) with a verandah and open balcony. Sixteen months after the death of his first wife, Allan Taylor, at 34, married Sophia Louis Davis (17). who was to reign for 65 years as mistress of Alberton. In the late 1860s, Allan Taylor prospered greatly from forestry, mining, commercial ventures and banking. His affluence allowed him to add to Alberton a ballroom, more oms.---a---small conservatory, and the fantastic verandahs and towers which give It character. INSPIRATION FROM INDIA Th e arc h'Itect seemed to tu rn to India for inspiration, and three towers with their ogee tops and paried openings recall the romance of that land. The next 20 years saw a flurry of balls, entertainments, archery parties and elaborate "At Homes". After Allan Taylor's sudden death in 1890, Mrs Taylor

added to the house by enclosing an upstairs balcony to form a sewing room and putting in a bathroom and boys' bedroom over the kitchen. For Aucklanders, Alberton is very much an external image. It is also interesting inside because it retains its Victorian furnishings without much change. It shows clearly how a 19th century land-owning family lived.

From 1921, the property was owned by the Caccia Birch family who gave it to the Government in 1937. It was used for various purposes and for a period served as a convalescent home until made available to the Massey University.

AWARD-WINNING DESIGN Built in 1904 at a cost of $239,000, the Dunedin Railway Station (3Oc stamp) is regarded as the city's grandest public building. The architect George A. Troup (later Sir George) received the British Institution of Architects Award for his design.

Caccia Birch House, subject of the 25c stamp, is located by the Hokowhitu Lagoon in Palmerston North. Beginning as a modest dwelling in 1893 it was added to in stages as the home of Mr J. Narrestad, of the sawmilling firm of Richter, Narrestad and Jenssen. Mr J. Strang bought the property in 1903 and named it Woodley after his wife's home in Cheshire. With his two boys, Alan and Waiter, he was known far beyond Palmerston North for The h is prowess in polo. family had their own polo ground across the lagoon. The commodious stables were built in 1908 to accommodate a man and a boy whose most important duty was to care for valuable polo ponies. VICE-REGAL RESIDENCE When Pari iament House was destroyed by fi re in 1907 and Government House was taken over for the use of Pari iament, Woodley became the temporary vice-regal residence and was occupied by the GovernorGeneral Lord Plunket and his family.

Possibly regarded as an anachronism in this age, the Dunedin Railway Station has been described as a remarkably assured design and as the culmination of four decades of solid Victorin ian building activity Dunedin. The pundits have said of it "Its ranging proportions are enhanced by the spacious setting; this is architecture in the grand manner. Contrasting materials are used in an extremely vigorous way for the exterior." The station has a most unusual ticket office with white tiled walls, ceramic panels and a mosaic floor depicting Victorian railway engines. During a recent restoration the mosaics were replaced with replicas. Parts of the building were repainted and stonework cleaned.

BLACK'S GOLD The Post Office building at Ophir, the subject of the 35c stamp, was built in 1886 and is of considerable historical and architectural interest to Central Otago. It is of schist masonry, with plaster quoins and window dressings. The interior retains the atmosphere of the early days, and still has a postal box of the Victorian period with the cipher VR set into its frontage. Gold mining began at Ophir in 1863, and within three months 1000 miners were in the area. By 1865, the town which was originally called Black, had four stores, four hotels, two banks, a police station, a courthouse, several churches and a cottage hospital with a resident doctor.

By 1866 the population had settled to 600 and after a public request the Government surveyed Black and named it a township. It was renamed Ophir . after the biblical Ophir, where the Queen of Sheba obtained gold for King Solomon. The Ophir Post Office is now under the control of the Historic Places Trust, although post office facilities are still provided there on an agency basis.

A set of four Tokelau stamps depicting handicrafts will be issued on May 5 1982. The new designs will be a departure from the recent sport theme, and will feature the Tokelauan denominations - Western Samoan tala and sene - instead of dollars and cents.

The territory is administered at several levels. Each village has a mayor (pulenukul who is in charge of the work force (aumaga) and will direct them to do various tasks. The highest authority on each island is the chairman of an Island Council consisting of elders and pulenuku. The position of chairman is decided by election every three years.

The 10sene stamp will feature a young man wood carving; the 22s an old man bow-drilling into a seashell; the 34s a young woman finishing a bowl; and the 60s a middle-aged woman basket weaving. The set was designed by Maurice Conly of Waikanae.

The chairman (faipule) is responsible for relations between his island and other islands, as well as that island's relations with New Zealand.

Every so often the TaTpule of each island meet for a "General Fono", and the New Zealand administrator of Tokelau, based Tokelau is the northernmost territory in Apia, Western Samoa, tries to coincide under New Zealand administration, and his visits to the atolls with these meetings. lies 480 kilometres north of Western Because Tokelau is so remote, and Samoa. It consists of three atolls, Faka· access to the atolls is restricted by ofo, Nukunonu and Atafu, none of which coral reefs, communication and transrise more than five metres above the sea. port to the atolls has always been Each atoll features a reef·bound ring of irregular and unreliable. islets which encircle a lagoon. Together the atolls support a population of just over 1 500 on a land area of 10 square kilometres. But because the atolls are more than fifty kilometres from each other the villages of Tokelau all have their own traditions. Religion plays an important role in Tokelauan life. but here again, the people are divided. Nukunonu is exclusively Roman Catholic, Atafu has only a Ch ristian Congregational Church and Fakaofo combines the two denominations. But these differences appear inconsequen· tial when compared to the gulf which lies between the Tokelauan way of life and New Zealand's.



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Until last September, Tokelauans relied on the visits of chartered vessels every six to eight weeks· a service which was disrupted by the grounding of two vessels on reefs in Fiji and Tokelau recently. Now that a seaplane service has been reintroduced - after a gap of ten years· Tokelau will see either a ship or the chartered McK innon Goose seaplane roughly every two weeks. High priority is given 'to education in Tokelau and almost 30 percent of the total budget is allocated to this. Schooling is free and schools on each atoll take pu pils th rough to the fourth form. But by far the greatest expenditure in education is on scholarsh ips for Tokelauans to study in schools and attend courses overseas in Western Samoa, Fiji, Niue and New Zealand. At present over 70 are studying in New Zealand.

In Tokelau there are no cars, no dogs, no pubs, no prisons and no lawns. Much of the land is under family tenure, but These students may feel a 10 ng way from agriculture is very much a communal home, but surprisingly, there are almost activity, especially in the case of "copra". twice as many Tokelauans living in New Copra, or coconuts as we know them, are Zealand as in Tokelau. the only crop which Tokelau exports. Many of these people emigrated to New Copra is also the staple food of their diet, Zealand after the devastating hurricane and each person consumes on average five of 1966, to ease the prospect of famine nuts a day. at home. Others have moved, simply


because Tokelau cannot support any more than about 1 700 people. Even with such a small population, Tokelau has a fascinating and distinct culture· and what better way to illustrate this than in stamps) Maurice Conly has designed a first day cover to complement the Tokelauan Handicrafts stamp issue. The covers, which will cost $1.34c can be ordered from the Philatelic Bureau, Private Bag, Wanganui. They will be forwarded to Tokelau for datestamping and returned to the Philatelic Bureau about the end of July. They will then be mailed to cus· tomers unaddressed and enclosed in an outer envelope. If the order is for both mint stamps and first day covers these will be sent in the one posting when the covers are returned from Tokelau. The stamps will each measure 24.65 x 42mm and will come in sheets of 50 (5 rows of 101. They are being printed by Joh Enschede en Zonen of Holland using lithography. Stamps will be available in New Zealand only from the Philatelic Bureau and Post Office philatelic sales positions. The issue, which is not valid for postage in New Zealand, will remain on sale until November 2, 1982.

Well-known stamp designer and artist, Maurice Conly, recently visited Tokelau and has returned with a wealth of information which he says will prove invaluable in compiling future stamp issues.

costume of pandana skirts and floral headbands and perform dances for him to photograph. Maurice also hopes to design stamps using themes of Tokelauan churches, schools, hospitals and administrative buildings. One idea is to show the evolution of housing and the gradual introduction of corrugated iron roofing, glass windows and European design.

To reach Tokelau, he flew to Apia, Western Samoa, and then embarked on the "MV Frysna" for the thirty-hour voyage to Nukunonu, the central atoll. In the cramped conditions of this copra Maurice visited the atoll of Atafu next, boat, Maurice gained h is first impressions and spent two days there also. Here he of the Tokelauan people· "the motions was particularly interested in the number of the ship under all weather conditions of outrigger canoes both in the water and seemed to be forgotten as the men, on the beach. He plans to produce a set women and children sang their hymns of stamps depicting the history of trans· and songs throughout the Sunday hours", port in Tokelau, including the recently he said. introduced "McKinnon Goose" seaplane. Maurice spent two days on Nukunonu, and gathered several ideas for future There was also potential for an issue stamp themes. Sister JUliana, a teacher at showing the processes involving copra, the local school, went to considerable he found. He hopes to illustrate the trouble to show Maurice local plants, various stages· harvest, husking, bagging, butterflies and moths, as well as her own carrying of bags to wharves, and the shell collection. She also arranged for transport of these bags on whaleboats some children to dres~ in their native through the coral reefs to waiting ships.

WATER HOGS Tokelauan people have numerous methods of fishing, and this could also be the subject of a stamp issue. Maurice observed several variations of lures and their catches· rods and spears for small lagoon fish, mother of pearl lures for tuna, flares and nets for flying fish, and women combing the reefs for octopus and shellfish. By the time he got to the third atoll, Fakaofo, Maurice must have thought he'd seen it all. But Tokelau had one more unique surprise in store. "The small boat journey through the inner channel of the reef was made more incredulous by the sight of countless pigs, grazing in the water of the channel", said Maurice. The extent of possibilities for future Tokelauan stamps is quite evident, and philatelists obviously have some treats in store. With the knowledge Maurice has acquired, and his considerable artistic talent (for which he was presented with Stamp designer, Maurice Conly (left) meets Tokelau's oldest citizen, 84-year-old an MBE by the Queen last year), these Palehau Manuele, and schoolteacher SIster Juilana on a coral lane on the island of stamps will most definitely be collectors' NukwlOl1U. Palehau later demonstrated the use ofa traditiol1al handcraft tool a bow items. ~~~~~ ,



1981 ~s~tO.91warls



Five talented artists have joined the N.Z. Post Office panel of stamp designer~ follow!ng the jud'ging of the 1981 Stamp Designer '"Competition

Competition Judges commented on the high standards set by the 266 entnes from the 94 entrants and the highly professional approaches shown by the award Winners,

the existing design panel. Mr B. G. Vincent, nominee of the ¡Federation of New Zealand Philatelic Societies .Inc. . Entrants were Invited to present subjects charactenstlc of !\Jew Zealand with In the themes of: Advancement of Knowledge, Agriculture, Communications, Fauna, Flora, Industries Cultural Life and Traditions M inerals, 'New Zealand Topography, Socia{ Aspects of New Zealand Life, Sports, and

The major award went to Maryanne Bleakley, of Johnsonville, second to Lee McKay, of Taylors Mistake, Christchurch, third to Michael J. Wyatt, of Wakatipu, fourth to Donald Little, of Bucklands Beach, and fifth to Lindy Fisher, also of Bucklands Beach. The winner received $1500, second and third $600 each, and fourth and fifth $350 each. With the addition of this new talent, the Post Office in future will be able to draw from a total of 15 designers for New Zealand stamps. Five-year intervals have been proposed for the series of Designer Competitions, held irregularlY.i!!.the pa,g. Judges for this year's awards, the first since 1974, were: Mr F.C.w, Williams (Chairman) Director of Postal Services, Post Office Headquarters. Mr M. V. Askew, Senior Lecturer, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, nominee of the New Zealand Society of Industrial Designers Inc_ Mr L, H. Bieringa, Director of the National Art Gallery_ Mr M, Cleverley, Tutor, School of Design, Wellington Polytechnic, representing

Transport, Judges descriptions of the top entries were: Maryanne Bleakley (industries theme) "Refreshing in its design concept. A departure from tradition. Innovative and bold using indigenous N.Z. motifs." Lee McKay (cultural life and traditions) "Nice simplicity, Very original in treatmen!. Emphasis on N.Z. heritage," Michael J. Wyatt (N.Z. topography) "Strong and unusual in its style, Great clarity in colour and layout." Donald Little (N.Z, topography) - "Sensitive and an attractive approach to the N.Z. landscape." Lindy Fisher Ciruiustries) - "A cohesive design which will be very clear in reproduction". The rules emphasised that the competition was not associated with any particular stamp issue, but designers submitting artwork of a high standard might in future be commissioned to submit designs for N.Z. stamp issues. (Pictured above and below, two of Maryanne Bleakley's winning designs_)

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'82 Sc:enic: Issue -a stamp for every season Nature's four seasons are featured on the stamps of the New Zealand 1982 Scenic stamp issue. There are two North Island and two South Island scenes. Designed by Auckland graphic designer, Don Hatcher, and printed in Spain by Heraclio Fournier S.A. using photogravure, the set will be issued on June 2. The denominations of the stamps will be: Summer, 35c, Autumn, 4Oc, Winter, 45c, and Spring, 7Oc. The summer scene shows Kaiteriteri beach, near Nelson, portrayed in deep blues and summer gold, with a burnt orange border. Kaiteriteri is a popular beach resort with motels, caravan parks and tourist flats. At the north end of the beach is Kaka Point, once a fortified Maori lookout. Autumn colours are beautifully represented in the illustration of St Omar Park, Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It seems appropriate that the centre of the 1860's gold rush is shown in hues of gold, with deep green shadows. The border of the stamp is in a rich autumn red. From lakes and beaches, the scene moves to the mountains for winter. The snow-capped Mount Ngauruhoe features in the Tongariro National Park scene on the 45c stamp. This 2291m mountain is the most continuously active of New Zealand's volcanoes, regularly belching steam and gas, and spectacularly erupting ash and lava every few years. The stamp, bordered in navy, is predominantly white and blue, effectively conveying the chilly winter scene. The final stamp of the set is, of course, Spring, and its subject is a Wairarapa farm, just after lambing. Newborn lambs and their mothers graze among brightly coloured daffodils in a lush green 'pasture These four scenic stamps will play an important role in promoting New Zealand scenery as a tourist attraction. Together they represent four facets of the New Zealand landscape - the coast, lakes, mountains and farmland - and show that it is a country of year-round beauty. The stamps are of a horizontal format, measuring 31.5mm x 35mm, and are printed in sheets of 100, (10 rows of 10). Plate/imprint, positional or value blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps of all denominations. Stamps will remain on sale at post offices and the Post Office Philatelic Bureau, Private Bag, Wanganui, and philatelic sales positions until 31 May 1983, unless stocks are exhausted earlier. First day covers, also designed by Don Hatcher, will cost $1.98, and may be ordered and paid for at local post offices from April 8 until June 2 inclusive. Alternatively, unaddressed first day covers may be purchased over the counter from Chief Post Offices and selected post offices from June 2 to 14, inclusive. Orders for first day covers close at the Philatelic Bureau on June 2, 1982.






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Post Offices opened since 13 October 1980 Ferrymead Historic Park (CH) Sunnynook (AK) Euston St (CH) Christchurch Postal Centre Christchurch Hospital Police College (WN) Park lands (CH) Whiritoa Beach (TH)

New Manager at Bureau

14.11.80 1.12.80 9.2.81 27.4.81 27.7.81 14.9.81 16.11.81 23.11.81

Post Offices closed since 13 October 1980 Kaihu (WR) Taipuha (W R) Mayor Island (TG) Parau (AK) Coronet Peak (IN) The Forks (GM) Turiwhati (GM) Walker Street (CH) Matapu (NU) Western Springs (AK) Morton Ave, (AK) Waipiata (DN)

~~~~t~~~;~hN) Mobile Tauwhare ,HN) Pine Hill (AK) Concord (ON) Connells Bay (AK) Te Kiri (NU) Westmere (WG) Woodlands Park (AK)

10.12.80 10.12.80 29.1.81 2.2.81 23.3.81 31.3.81 31.3.81 24.4.81 13.5.81 10.7.81 23.12.80 6.1.81 6.1.81 12.12.80 15.7.81 24.7.81 19.8.81 28.8.81 1.9.81 4.9.81 9.11.81

STAMPS AVAILABLE Stamps are available by mail order from the Philatelic Bureau, \/Vanganui, or over 'the counter from Philatelic sales positions at Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin, Hamilton and Gisborne. "ARMS" (Set $28.00) $4,$6,$8,$10 DEFINITIVES (Set $11.75) 1c, 2c, 3c. 4c, 5c, 6c, 7c, 8c, 9c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 25c, 30c, 35c, 40c, 45c, 50c, 60c, $1, $2,$5 PROVISIONAL OVERPRINTS 4c, 20c GOVERNMENT LIFE INSURANCE (Set $1.55) 5c, 10c. 20c. 30c,40c, 50c

Mr A. J. (Snow) Murrav (right), Manager of the Wanganui Philatelic Bureau for eight years, who retired last Christmas Eve. He is succeeded by Mr Graham Warner (left), who joined the Bureau as Assistant Manager in 1976. He was formerly Postmaster at Paekakariki. Mr Warner said although Snow would be missed by the staff, the high standards of service he had achieved would be continued. (Photo courtesy of 'Wanganui Chronicle')


ROSS DEPENDENCY (Set $1.551 5c, 10c, 20c, 30c,40c,50c


TOKELAU DEFINITIVES (Set $1.90) 1c,2c, 3c, 5c, 9c, 20c,50c,$1

30 June 1982: 1981 HEALTH 2 x 20c + 2c e·tenant, - c + 2c. (Set71c) Miniature Sheet: $1.42

POSTAFIX ROLLS: 10c STAMP VENDING MACHINE ROLLS: 1c, 2c. 5c The Philatelic Bulletin is prepared at Post Office Headquarters, Wellington, and published in April and October each year. Articles may be extracted for reprinting without further permission. Acknowledge' ment to the New Zealand Philatelic Bulletin would be appreciated.

1 June 1982: 1981 SCENIC 30c, 35c, 40c, 60c. (Set $1.65)

30 June 1982: ROYAL WEDDING 2 x 20c Se·tenant. (Set 40c) 30 June 1982: 1981 CHRISTMAS 14c, 30c, 40c. (Set 84cl 4 May 1982: 1981 TOKELAU SPORTS 10c, 20c. 30c, 50c. (Set$1.10) 2 November 1982: TOKE LAU HANDICRAFTS 10s, 22s, 34s, 60s. (Set $1.26)


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