Fifty years of Christmas stamps

29 October 2010

New Zealand Post is marking its 50th year of Christmas-themed stamps by replicating five images from popular past releases.

Four of the stamps show traditional Christmas themes: the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, the Star of Bethlehem, stained glass windows from New Zealand churches and ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’, a classical painting by Rembrandt.

The fifth stamp in the series is of New Zealand’s own ‘Christmas tree’, the Pohutukawa.

The stamps come in various denominations for international and domestic mailing. New Zealand Post customers can buy booklets of 10 x 60 cents stamps for the price of nine, and 10 x $1.90 stamps for $16, from PostShop stores.

Christmas mailing deadlines

New Zealand Post has also established 2010 mailing dates to help New Zealanders get their Christmas mail out on time.

The mailing date for Australia and the South Pacific using the International Economy service is Monday 29 November. Monday 22 November is the date for International Economy for mail going to the rest of the world.

International Air, International Economy Courier and International Express services are available for those who wish to send later or have missed the mailing dates for International Economy.

Service Australia and South Pacific
(Zone A & B)
Rest of World
(Zone C, D & E)
International Economy Mon 29 November Mon 22 November
International Air Mon 6 December Mon 29 November
International Economy Courier Mon 13 November Mon 13 December
International Express Courier Wed 15 December Mon 13 December

For Christmas mail around New Zealand the recommended dates are Tuesday 21 December for Standard Post and Thursday 23 December for FastPost and CourierPost.

More information about these deadlines and offers is available on our website.