1967 Decimal Pictorials

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1967 Decimal Pictorials
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
½c Manuka 143a $0.45
1c Karaka (Simplified) 143b $0.45
(i) with a yellow brown background 143b1 $0.85
(ii) with a brown background 143b2 $0.85
(iii) with a deep brown background 143b3 $1.00
2c Kowhai-ngutu-kaka / Kaka Beak (Simplified) 143c $0.45
(i) with a light green background 143c1 $0.70
(ii) with a dark green background 143c2 $0.70
2½c Kowhai (Simplified) 143d $0.45
(i) with a blue background 143d1 $0.70
(ii) with a darker blue background 143d2 $0.70
(iii) with a milky blue background 143d3 $23.80
3c Puarangi / Hibiscus (Simplified) 143e $0.45
(i) with a pale blue background 143e1 $0.70
(ii) with a darker blue background 143e2 $0.70
(iii) with a greenish blue background 143e3 $0.70
4c Matua Tikumu / Mountain Daisy 143f $0.45
5c Pikiarero / Clematis (Simplified) 143g $0.45
(i) with olive stems 143g1 $0.70
(ii) with lighter olive stems 143g2 $0.70
6c Koromiko 143h $0.45
7c Rata 143i $0.70
8c New Zealand Flag 143k $0.70
10c Timber Industry - Log 143l $0.90
15c Tiki on Orange Background 143m $1.00
20c Taniwha (Simplified) 143n $2.35
(i) with a darker background 143n1 $2.55
(ii) with a lighter background 143n2 $17.00
25c Dairy Industry - Butter 143o $2.35
30c Tongariro National Park / Chateau Hotel (Simplified) 143p $5.40
(i) With watermark (July 1967) 143p1 $5.95
(ii) With no watermark and PVA gum (June 1970) 143p2 $39.60
50c Sutherland Falls (Simplified) 143q $6.95
(i) with gum arabic 143q1 $7.65
(ii) with PVA gum 143q2 $7.65
$1 Tasman Glacier (Simplified) 143r $22.50
(i) with gum arabic 143r1 $25.50
(ii) with PVA gum 143r2 $25.50
$2 Pohutu Geyser - Pink 143s $22.50
Set of 18 143t $65.50
50c Booklet of six ½ cent, eleven 1 cent and twelve 3 cent stamps with no codes on panes 143u $24.75
… Twenty nine Stamps : ½c (143a x 6), 1c (143b x 11), 3c (143e x 12)
(i) Booklet of six ½ cent, eleven 1 cent and twelve 3 cent stamps with XA or XB on the selvedge of each pane 143u1 $63.00
… Twenty nine Stamps : ½c (143a x 6), 1c (143b x 11), 3c (143e x 12)
First Day Cover - 10 July 1967 143v $99.00
… Eighteen Stamps : ½c (143a), 1c (143b), 2c (143c), 2½c (143d), 3c (143e), 4c (143f), 5c (143g), 6c (143h), 7c (143i), 8c (143k), 10c (143l), 15c (143m), 20c (143n), 25c (143o), 30c (143p), 50c (143q), $1 (143r), $2 (143s)
Although a new commemorative set had been planned, by the time it was announced that decimal currency stamps would be offered for sale on the 10th of July 1967, there was insufficient time to prepare a new issue and it was decided that the 1960 Pictorials stamps would be reissued with equivalent decimal values.

A number of changes and new values were added after the initial 18 stamps were issued and before the stamps were replaced by the 1970 Definitives / Pictorials. These stamps are listed separately under the 1968 New Values And Exports.

The ½c stamp features Manuka (from Maori 'manuka') (Leptospermum scoparium) - a shrub or small tree native to New Zealand and southeast Australia. It is found throughout New Zealand but is particularly common on the drier east coasts of the North Island and the South Island.

The 1 cent stamp features Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus) - an evergreen tree with large glossy leaves endemic to New Zealand, where it is widespread often forming a major component of coastal forest. Sometimes Karaka occurs inland, usually the result of Maori plantings near former village sites.

The 2 cent stamp features the Kakabeak (Kawhai ngutukaka in Maori) - a woody legume shrub native to the North Island, with striking clusters of red flowers resembling the beak of the Kaka, a New Zealand parrot. The species is endangered in the wild, with only 153 trees found in a 2005 survey. Although widely grown as a garden plant, the cultivated lines are descended from only a few plants and are not genetically diverse.

The 2½ cent stamp features the Kowhai (Sophora microphylla) - a small woody native tree that grows throughout the country and are a common feature in New Zealand gardens. They have horn-shaped yellow flowers, which appear in early spring. Their nectar is a favourite food for Tui, Bellbird and Kereru (New Zealand Wood Pigeon).

The 3 cent stamp features Puarangi (Hibiscus trionum) - the smaller of the two New Zealand hibiscus. The plant grows to a height of 20-50 cm, and has yellow flowers with a purple centre.

The 4 cent stamp features the Mountain Daisy (matua-tikumu). Tikumu are large-leaved mountain daisies in the genus Celmisia that are widespread and abundant in New Zealand mountain grasslands.

The 5 cent stamp features Pikiarero (Clematis paniculata) which is a common flowering climber in most lowland forest areas throughout New Zealand.

The 6 cent stamp features Koromiko (Hebe salicifolia) - a native shrub which was used by Maori for medicinal purposes.

The 7 cent stamp features the flower of the Rata. The Northern rata (Metrosideros robusta), is a huge forest tree which grows up to 25 meters tall. It usually begins as an epiphyte high in the branches of a mature forest tree. Over centuries the young tree sends descending and girdling roots down and around the trunk of its host, eventually fusing to form a massive and frequently hollow pseudotrunk. In disturbed ground, or where there are gaps in the forest cover, Northern rata will grow on the ground with a normal but short trunk. Southern rata (Metrosideros umbellata) grows up to 15 meters tall with a trunk up to 1 meter in diameter. It produces masses of red flowers in summer. Unlike its Northern relative, this species rarely grows as an epiphyte. This stamp was replaced in 1969 by the Fishing Industry stamp from the 1968 New Values And Exports.

The 8 cent stamp features the New Zealand Flag in true colours and was designed by the Post Office Publicity Department. This stamp was replaced in 1969 by the Fruit Industry stamp from the 1968 New Values And Exports.

The 10 cent stamp shows a Kauri log being milled. The Kauri tree is very slow growing and was greatly prized for it's straight grain. Unfortunately, there are very few left standing now. Recent governments have focused on the preservation of native forests. This stamp was replaced in 1968 by the new export design in the 1968 New Values And Exports issue.

The 15 cent stamp features a pounamu (greenstone) Hei-tiki which is worn around the neck. They are often incorrectly referred to as tiki, a term that actually refers to large human figures carved in wood, and, also, the small wooden carvings used to mark sacred places. New Zealand greenstone consists of either nephrite (a type of jade, in Maori: pounamu) or bowenite (Maori: tangiwai). Pounamu is esteemed highly by Maori for its beauty, toughness and great hardness. This stamp was coloured green and the design modified in the 1968 New Values And Exports issue.

The 20 cent stamp features a drawing of a Taniwha from a limestone cave shelter overlooking the Opihi River in South Canterbury. In Maori mythology, taniwha are beings that live in deep pools in rivers, dark caves, or in the sea, especially in places with dangerous currents or deceptive breakers. The taniwha has analogues that also appear in other Polynesian cosmologies. This stamp was replaced in 1969 by the Meat Industry stamp from the 1968 New Values And Exports.

The 25 cent stamp features commercial butter production. This stamp was replaced with a more modern design in the 1968 New Values And Exports.

The 30 cent stamp features Tongariro National Park and the Chateau. Tongariro National Park, located in the central North Island, is the oldest national park in New Zealand and was the fourth National Park established in the world. The active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park. There are a number of Māori religious sites within the park, such as the grave of Te Heuheu Herekeikei and the summits of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu are tapu (sacred). The Chateau (now called Bayview Chateau Tongariro) was completed in 1929 and despite extensive refurbishment still retains much of the style of the pre-Depression era.

The 50 cent stamp features the Sutherland Falls. Located in Fiordland National Park near Milford Sound, the Sutherland Falls drop 580 meters from Lake Quill in three jumps: 248 metres, 229 metres and 103 metres.

The $1 stamp features Tasman Glacier, the largest of several glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in the South Island. The glacier has been in retreat for many years and it is predicted to disappear completely within the next 10-19 years.

The $2 stamp features the Pohutu Geyser. Whakarewarewa (a geothermal area within Rotorua city) has around 500 pools and 65 geyser vents. Seven geysers are currently active. The most famous, Pohutu Geyser, meaning big splash or explosion, can erupt up to 30 meters usually every hour. A full colour version of this stamp was issued in 1968 as part of the 1968 New Values And Exports.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VI
Edited by D. E. G. Naish FRPSNZ and K. J. McNaught FRPSNZ FRPSL
Publsihed 1975 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
Pages 74 - 101
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VIII
Edited by B. G. Vincent FRPSNZ
Published 1998 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated (ISSN 0-9597883-1-X)
Page 750
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