6 November 2019
Get in the holiday mood with these festive illustrated stamps. Featuring native New Zealand flora and fauna alongside the traditional Nativity story, the stamps include illustrations of fern fronds and koru, pōhutukawa, harakeke, tī kouka and karaka. A beautiful kereru, or New Zealand wood pigeon, makes an appearance on the miniature sheet and first day cover.
Enjoy the Nativity scene in a uniquely New Zealand context with stylised, iconic silhouettes of New Zealand flora. The Christmas 2019 stamps are available in both gummed and self-adhesive formats.
$1.30 Mary and Jesus
Mary and baby Jesus appear here with a New Zealand fern frond and koru. Along with a fresh green background, the koru represent unfurling life and new beginnings.
Over a backdrop of pōhutukawa, New Zealand’s native Christmas tree whose flowers appear for a short period over summer, Joseph looks down on baby Jesus.
The shepherd plays a flute over a background of harakeke – New Zealand flax – which in Māori tradition is used for food, medicine and weaving.
$3.30 Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
The three wise men are accompanied by tī kōuka, cabbage trees, reminiscent of the tall palms from the eastern lands they may have travelled from.
Accompanying the 2019 Christmas angel, karaka, or New Zealand laurel, is a fruiting tree whose berries are feasted on by many native birds.
Miniature Sheet and First Day Covers
The gummed first day cover includes all five stamps, while the self-adhesive stamps include the two $1.30 stamps, the $2.60 stamp and the $3.30 stamp. The miniature sheet and the first day cover both feature the native kereru, or wood pigeon. The miniature sheet and miniature sheet first day cover feature branches of pōhutukawa. The gummed first day cover features koru and ferns, while the self-adhesive first day cover incorporates karaka – New Zealand laurel – whose plump, orange berries are a favourite of kereru.
Date of issue: 6 November 2019
Number of stamps: Five gummed and four self-adhesive
Denominations: $1.30 x 2, $2.60, $3.30, $4.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Donna McKenna Studio, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour Print Ltd, Dunedin, New Zealand
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: Gummed: 35mm x 34.55 mm (horizontal)
Miniature sheet size: 140mm x 90mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Gummed stamps: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper; Self-adhesive stamps: Arconvert – (FSC) Securpost MC 90/KB85 P11p
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: Gummed: 14.286 x 14.47; Self-adhesive: die cut
Special blocks: Plate/Imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 5 November 2020. First day covers will remain on sale until 5 January 2020.
These stamps and other philatelic products can be ordered from New Zealand Post.