As a supporter of Children’s Health Camps since 1929, New Zealand Post is proud to lend a hand once again with the 2011 Children’s Health stamp issue. Te Puna Whaiora – the New Zealand Foundation for Child and Family Health and Development – specialises in helping at-risk children aged five to 12 to overcome barriers to healthy lifestyles. The 10-cent surcharge on each stamp in this issue goes directly to Te Puna Whaiora’s seven Children’s Health Camps throughout New Zealand, each playing a crucial role in helping children and their families in times of need.
The flightless birds featured on the stamps are also in need of love and support. The kiwi, k?k?p? and takah? were all once more abundant and widely distributed throughout New Zealand than they are today. It’s only through the ongoing help of conservation programmes that we are now able to enjoy these unique and precious birds.
Kiwi – 60c + 10c surcharge
Easily identified by its long beak, round body and hair-like feathers, this nocturnal bird belongs to a group of birds called ratites and has been adopted as one of New Zealand’s most national symbols. This stamp features the brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli), one of five species of kiwi.
K?k?p? – $1.20 + 10c surcharge
The k?k?p? (Strigops habroptilus) claims the titles of the heaviest parrot in the world, as well as the only flightless parrot. Unfortunately for the k?k?p?, this rare bird alerts predators such as stoats to its presence due to its distinctive musty odour.
Takah? – 60c + 10c surcharge
With its blue and green feathers, red beak and stout legs, the takah? looks very similar to a p?keko – only much bigger. The largest living member of the rail family, the takah? spends most of its days looking for nourishment in grass stalks, fern roots and insects.
Title: 2011 Children’s Health
Date of Issue: 6 July 2011
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 60c + 10c x 2, $1.20 + 10c