1935 Pictorials Official
In 1905 the New Zealand Government decreed that postage stamps with the
word 'Official' printed on them were to be used for all mail from
government departments and agencies. The Official overprints of the 1935
Pictorials were first issued in March 1936 but are commonly included under
1935 for simplicity. All stamps from the 1935 Pictorials issue with the
exception of the five penny and three shilling stamps were issued after
having been overprinted by the Government Printer.
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stamp features the Fantail (Piwakawaka) with native Clematis in the
background. The fantail is a very sociable New Zealand native bird which
darts around eating insects.
The penny stamp features the Kiwi -
several species of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The kiwi is
also a national symbol of New Zealand.
The 1½d stamp features
a Maori woman cooking food by lowering it in a flax basket or kete into a
boiling geothermal spring.
The twopence stamp features a traditional
Maori Meeting House.
The 2½d stamp is two-tone with Mount
Cook (Aorangi) in the centre bordered on both sides by the Mount Cook
Buttercup (Ranunculus lyallii) - a species of buttercup endemic to the
South Island of New Zealand at altitudes of 700 to 1,500 metres.
threepence stamp features a Maori girl (Wahine) wearing an intricately
woven flax head-band (pare). A Huia feather is in her hair - a mark of
The four penny stamp features a view of Mitre Peak
in Milford Sound.
The sixpence stamp features a horse drawn
harvester or reaper, working through a crop of wheat.
penny stamp features the native Tuatara - the only surviving member of the
Sphenodontians which flourished around 200 million years ago. The name
"tuatara" derives from the MÄori language meaning "peaks
on the back".
The 9d stamp features the ornamentation from a
Maori sliding door panel. This stamp was printed using offset lithography
rather than recess printed like the rest of the stamps in the issue. The
stamp was issued in two forms. The initial green overprints on the red and
grey 1938 printing measure 18 by 21½ mm. The 1941 black overprinting
on the scarlet and black stamps had a slightly smaller design - 17½
by 20½ mm.
The shilling stamp features the Tui - a very
intelligent bird much like parrots. They are able to clearly imitate human
speech. The possession of two voiceboxes enable Tui to perform a myriad of
The two shilling stamp shows the landing of Captain
Cook at Poverty Bay on the 8th of October 1769. The first encounter with
local Maori led to the deaths of six Maori during skirmishes with the crew
due to a misinterpretation of the traditional Maori challenge. Cook was
unable to gain many of the provisions he and his crew needed at the bay,
and for this reason gave it its name.
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