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1964 Health
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
2½d Tarapunga / Red Billed Gull 128a $0.55
$0.45
$0.45
(i) Significant red offset - Four Legs 128a1 $162.00
$162.00
$162.00
3d Korora / Blue Penguin 128b $0.55
$0.45
$0.45
Set of 2 individual stamps 128c $1.05
$0.85
$0.85
2/4 Miniature Sheet with eight 2½d stamps (Surcharged for health) 128d $43.20
$21.60
$101.25
... Eight Stamps : 2½d (128a x 8)
2/8 Miniature Sheet with eight 3d stamps (Surcharged for health) 128e $43.20
$21.60
$101.25
... Eight Stamps : 3d (128b x 8)
First Day Cover - 5 August 1964 128f $4.50
... 2½d (128a), 3d (128b)

The 1964 health stamps feature the Red-billed Gull (Tarapunga or Akiaki) on the 2½d stamp - a native of New Zealand, being found throughout the country and also on outlying islands including the Chatham Islands. The 3d stamp features the Little Penguin (Korora) - the smallest species of penguin measuring around 43 cm tall. In New Zealand they are also known as Little Blue or just Blue Penguins due to their slate-blue plumage.



Two miniature sheets were issued including eight stamps for each denomination.



A notable flaw on the 2½d stamp exists where the registration of the red printing is offset resulting in a red billed gull with four legs.
Bibliography

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 226 - 227
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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