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New Zealand was first discovered in 1642 by the Dutch explorer Tasman who named it Staaten Island. Cook circumnavigated the islands in 1769-70. On his second visit to the islands, in 1773-77, Cook formally annexed the islands in the name of King George III, however this was not ratified by the British Government at the time. New Zealand was granted self-government effective from 1856.

Regular postal communications were established with Sydney in Australia in 1831 but there was no formal post office in New Zealand. The first Post Ofice was established in 1840. The Post Office was under the control of the GPO in Britain till 1848 when control was passed over by the colony. When the first New Zealand stamp was issued in July 1855 there were just 16 post offices and sub offices in New Zealand.

The first items of postal stationery to be issued by New Zealand were postcards on 1 November 1876. This was followed by newspaper wrappers on 1 April 1878; lettercards on 1 January 1895; registered envelopes on 21 Jun 1898; envelopes on 4 June 1899 and air letter sheets or aerogrammes on 17 November 1941.


Philatelic Societies for collectors of New Zealand Stamps and Postal History

Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Inc (NZ)
PO Box 1269, Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand Society of Great Britain (UK)
The Society exists for the study of the stamps and postal history of New Zealand and its Dependencies. Although the majority of the members are based in Great Britain, there are a large number of international members.

Air Mail Society of New Zealand (NZ)
Secretary - P.O.Box 29144, Fendalton, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Perfin Club of New Zealand and Australia
The Club was formed in 1987 and currently has about 150 members.
Members' interests include the Official and private perfins of Australia and New Zealand.


The Captain Cook Society (UK)
Secretary - Alwyn Peel, 13 Cowdry Close, Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire WF12 OLW
Email: Secretary@CaptainCookSociety.com

Postal History Society of New Zealand
Secretary, P O Box 99 673, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand

The Pacific Islands Study Circle
Deals with stamps and postal history of the Pacific Islands. New Zealand Dependencies are covered, but not New Zealand or Australia. Their magazine Pacifica is published four times a year.

Society of Australasian Specialists/Oceania
The Society of Australasian Specialists/Oceania is a diverse community with word-wide membership. Their scope is the postal history and stamps of the countries, colonies and territories, past and present of Australasia and Oceania.


New Issues of New Zealand Stamps

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Selected Links to New Zealand Philately and Postal History

Stamps
Postage stamps and postal history of New Zealand
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New Zealand Stamp Images
by Robert Clark

Forged Stamps of New Zealand
by Morten Munck
Details with images of forgeries of the Chalon Heads and of the OPSO overprints

An in-depth study of the New Zealand Penny Universal
by R J Runciman

Detailed Study of the New Zealand Penny Dominion
by R J Runciman

Study of the New Zealand Penny Dominion Stamp, 1909-1923
on www.stampboards.com - Postage Stamp Chat Board and Stamp Bulletin Board Forum

Detailed Study of the 1898 1d Lake Taupo
by R J Runciman

Are these NZ Queen Victoria "Long Tom" stamps used Postally?
on www.stampboards.com - Postage Stamp Chat Board and Stamp Bulletin Board Forum

Guide to NZ Stamps
by the New Zealand Post Office

New Zealand Chalon Portrait Stamps
by Garry Law

List of people on the postage stamps of New Zealand
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

King George VI New Zealand website
The purpose of the King George VI New Zealand website is to expand and make more widely available the body of philatelic knowledge and postal history relating to the postage stamps and postal stationery issued by New Zealand during the King George VI Period.

New Zealand Stamps - The 1935 Pictorials
The second New Zealand Pictorial set (the first being in 1898) was issued on the first of May 1935. After a design competition that began in 1931 with over 1500 entries. After much discussion 11 designers were chosen. Iconic images such as fauna, scenery, maoridom, sport, agriculture and history all being represented. With such a range of imagery the set initially had its detractors, but as the set was issued and the stamps circulated, the images charms were soon celebrated.

Postal History
Early posted New Zealand newspapers 1872-73 & 1898
on www.stampboards.com - Postage Stamp Chat Board and Stamp Bulletin Board Forum

Postal Stationery
New Zealand Postal Stationery, 1876 - 1940
by Stephen D. Schumann

Aerophilately
New Zealand International Flights and Airmail Covers
by Garry Law

New Zealand Aviation Covers

Local Posts
Great Barrier Pigeongram Service
by Volker Kleiner

Marotori Copper Mines Syndicates
by Volker Kleiner

Life Insurance
New Zealand Lighthouse Stamps - N. Z. Government Life Insurance
by Garry Law

Health Stamps
Health stamp
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thematic
Captain JAMES COOK Through Stamps
by Garry Law

Antarctica
New Zealand Antarctic Covers
by Garry Law

New Zealand - Ross Dependency 1957-1971
by Eunice Shanahan
1908 - King Edward VII Land - stamp issued for the Shackleton Expedition. 1911 - Victoria Land - stamp issued for the Scott Expedition. The first base erected in 1956.

Postage stamps and postal history of the Ross Dependency
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Revenues
NZ Revenues
by Andrew Spence
The NZ Revenues website was established to provide collectors with a comprehensive online reference source for stamps from "The Back of the Book", complete with colour scans, up-to-date market information ...

Revenue stamps of New Zealand
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Miscellaneous
New Zealand Post Office Act 1858 pdf file
Early New Zealand Statutes by The University of Auckland Library

ACS 2015 Catalogue
from Auckland City Stamps
New Zealand Stamps 1855 - 2015


Books on New Zealand stamps and New Zealand postal history

The Advertising Stamps of New Zealand Issues 1893
by Boggs, 1940

A Far-reaching Innovation. Public trials; Government and Commercial usage of franking machines in New Zealand 1904-1921
by G I Robertson, Published by the Postal History Society of New Zealand, 2003, 246pp
Origins of the franking machine; The New Zealand machines; Regulation and legislation; Government Department users; Commercial users.

Illustrated handbook of New Zealand registration labels, 1908-1965
by Professor I D Campbell, published by the Postal History Society of New Zealand, 1965, 82pp
Compiled by I D Campell with the assistance of members of the society.

Ink Jet Cancellations of New Zealand
by Aud Eriksen, Published by Postal History Society of New Zealand, 1997, 60pp

New Zealand, A Century of Philately, A History of New Zealand Stamp Collecting
by W N Strachan. 1988, 289pp
Just about everything that happened in NZ philately, listings of handbooks, journals, dealers. Well written and produced.

New Zealand, The Great Barrier Island 1898-99 Pigeon Post Stamps
by J Reg Walker, 1968, 109pp
A fine study of the history, stamps and covers

New Zealand Marine & Railway TPO's, their Histories & Postmarks
by Ward, 1951, 19pp

New Zealand: A Philatelic Handbook
by Raymond James George Collins, published by Verne & Co, 1921, 88pp, "Verne" Handbook No 2

New Zealand Postal Manuscripts
by A Ross Marshall, published by the Postal History Society of New Zealand, 1976, 297pp

New Zealand, A Postal History of the Samoan Islands, Part 2, 1914-1989
by Richard Burge, 1989, 276pp
The definitive work, considerable US World Wars interest.

New Zealand Railway Charges Stamps: Design and Printing
by J W Brodie, 1983, 55pp
A most detailed study, facsimile printing in colour

New Zealand and the Universal Postal Union to 1907
by Colin Capill Rates, 1993, 133pp
Detailed regulations and much background as to why stamps were issued, etc.

The Oceanic Dependencies of New Zealand
by Raymond James George Collins, 1920, published by Verne, 52pp

The Postage Stamps, Envelopes and Post Cards of Australia and the British Colonies of Oceania
by the Philatelic Society, London, 1887
Details of the stamps and postal stationery of - Fiji, New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Vol VII
by K J McNaught, 1988, 361pp
New Zealand Postal History 1820 to 1874 The full set is one of the fabled works in philately. For those that like Postal History this volume will be a treasured addition to their library.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume IX - Postal Stationery
by Robert Samuel, published by the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand, 2007
Deals with postcards, Lettercards, Registered Envelopes, Envelopes, the 1932 Adhesive Provisionals, Newspaper Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Government Department Printed Franks, the 6d King Edward VII Telegraph Form, Stamped Adhesive Lables, Impressed Honey Seal Stamps and Postal Notes.

The Postal History of the New Zealand Military Postal Services 1845-1991
by R M Startup and E B Proud 1993, 377pp

Postal Stationery of New Zealand
by R M Startup, published by the Postal History Society of New Zealand, 1966, 80pp
Comprehensive details of all the postal stationery issued in New Zealand up to 1966.

The Squared Circle Cancellations of New Zealand
by Alfred John Robinson, published by the Postal History Society of New Zealand, 1968

New Zealand Health imperforate block of 4


Article in Magazine and Journals

April 1950 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly pp 95 - 97
People and Posts of the Kermadec Islands
Two articles - one is by Harold G D Gisburn and the other is by Dr J L Grumbridge
The Kermadec Islands are a tiny group of islands some 600 miles north east of New Zealand and the comprise of Raoul Island, Esperance Island, Curtis Island and Macaulay Island. The first post office was establishe on 2 March 1945 on Raoul Island. The articles give details of the history of the islands and details of the postal arrangements existing at the time of writing.