Colourful Side to Antarctica
A bright pink sea star and an orange sea spider are among the strange creatures of the Antarctic sea floor featured on new stamps from New Zealand Post.The Ross Dependency 2016 commemorative stamps, developed with the assistance of NIWA and Antarctica New Zealand, show a world teeming with life beneath the surface of the Ross Sea.
The images were captured by NIWA marine ecologists either on dives or by using a Deep Towed Imaging System (DTIS) which was developed by NIWA to record video and still photographs at depths down to 6,000 metres.
Christchurch Stamp and Postcard Exhibition
The Christchurch 2016 Stamp and Postcard Exhibition will be held from 18 to 20 November at the Addington Event Centre. This national exhibition will feature a full range of philatelic exhibits plus postcards and other collectables – nearly 5,000 pages of material in total. The theme of the exhibition is the centenary of the founding of the Canterbury Aviation Company by Sir Henry Wigram.
Year of Rooster
The rooster is the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac and those born in the Year of the Rooster are loyal, trustworthy, observant and keen to offer their opinions to those around them.The four gummed stamps in this issue are inspired by the Chinese folk arts of calligraphy, paper-cutting and line-art illustration, and they celebrate the multicultural nature of New Zealand with both Chinese and New Zealand elements. To add to the special nature of this issue, the sheets of stamps contain unique gutter-pairs.