Our readers acted with positive responses,
to our November 2004 newsletter, thank you. So positive that it raised over $3000 towards
the costs of hosting Kiwipex 2006! Also we sold out of our Kiwipex 2006 greetings stamps,
and our overprinted Lord of the Rings (part II) miniature sheets.
Since our last newsletter we have received additional funding support from the New Zealand
National Philatelic Trust to whom goes our sincere gratitude. This is in addition to
support received from New Zealand Post and the Christchurch City Council.
Kiwipex 2006 news
Our mystery envelopes, to be launched in late 2006, will contain a range of attractive
souvenirs: for example we have a number of imperforate Antarctic souvenir sheets. These
(imperforate Antarctic souvenir sheets) will not be offered for sale via this or any later
newsletter. In addition there will be a special printing of The Lord of The Rings (part
III) miniature sheets plus various other goodies.
One such goody is a trip for two to Singapore! Another is listed under Kiwipex 2006
customised stamps later in this newsletter. We are working on making our mystery envelopes
truly well worth purchasing and will report more about them in due course, so keep
watching this space!
Since our November 2004 newsletter we are pleased to announce
the appointment of 3 overseas commissioners. We welcome our two FIAP commissioners:
Malcolm Hammersley from Hong Kong and Wirat Limpaiboon from Thailand, and we also welcome
Erica Genge from the West Island (better known to the rest of the world as Australia).
In our previous newsletter we mentioned the death of Bruce Alexandre, our NZPF approved
Chairman of the Jury. We are pleased to announce the appointment by the NZPF of a new
Kiwipex 2006 Chairman of the Jury: Jeff Long. Not only is Jeff our new Chairman but he has
also been persuaded to join the organising committee of Kiwipex 2006!
One of Jeffs first tasks was to provide input to our draft prospectus. After much
work this has now been finalised. In essence with the publication of our prospectus it
means that we are now accepting entries, subject to final confirmation, for Kiwipex 2006!
Unlike American national exhibitions where it is a case of first come first accepted,
Kiwipex 2006 is accepting entries via several avenues. a electronic prospectus can be
found here. The Kiwipex 2006 prospectus
contains information pertaining to the King George VI Colonial Postal History Challenge as
well as the Christchurch Exhibition Memorabilia class.
Applications to enter Kiwipex 2006 from residents in Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia
must be submitted through their relevant commissioner. Applications from residents of New
Zealand and all other countries must be made directly to Kiwipex 2006. Applications may be
made traditionally via mail or via electronic means. A copy of the entry form can be found
Finally, a reminder that donations of philatelic material for Kiwipex to auction should be
submitted now to the above address, Thank you.
New Kiwipex Souvenirs
The Lord of The Rings part III miniature
sheets. Thanks to New Zealand Post we were fortunate to acquire 500 of each of the 40c and
80c miniature sheets. These have been overprinted by Christchurch printers New Century
Press with our Kiwipex 2006 logo in silver ink.
We also managed to acquire
250 blank miniature sheet FDC envelopes for this issue and thus 125 FDCs of each were
Strangely enough when received the bricks of miniature sheets carried various reprint
stickers from the printers Southern Colour Print. New Zealand Post was contacted for an
explanation. According to Alan Hollows New Zealand Post only placed the one order for the
Lord of The Rings part III.
It transpired that Southern Colour Print held insufficient stocks of red phosphor stamp
paper to print the entire order for New Zealand Post. In this instance the order as part
supplied and the remaining quantity delivered following receipt of additional paper stock.
Whilst New Zealand Post placed only the one order the term reprint was used by the printer
to describe the balance of the stock being delivered.
These outer wrappers of the
bricks are retained by Kiwipex 2006 and will be sold in due course.
The bricks of miniature sheets were handed intact to
our printer for overprinting, and were received back unchecked.
Preparation of Rings (part III) miniature sheets for our mystery envelopes involved
stripping sets of miniature sheets from 500 hangsell packs and separating them. A somewhat
tedious task but this was completed before the overprinted Rings (part III) miniature
sheets were received from our printer. Once they had been received various were affixed to
blank FDC envelopes, and others were handed in to be cancelled. Unfortunately the quality
control checker (the Kiwipex 2006 chairman) tired only too readily and a number of 40 cent
Kiwipex 2006 overprinted Rings (part III) miniature sheets were found to be double
perforated at the top.
One cancelled miniature sheet shows a complete double perforation strike. This will be
offered for sale later.
We located a number (20) of similar miniature sheets but with oval perforations and narrow
teeth at the top. These will initially be offered to supporting members on a first
come first served basis with a normal overprinted Kiwipex 2006 miniature sheet for
$30.00/pair. Any remaining oval perforated miniature sheets will be made available for
general sale at the end of May 2005.
Kiwipex 2006 customised stamps.
In early 2004 New Zealand Post sponsored
the Wellington 2004 International Arts Festival by producing a 40 cent self adhesive stamp
that featured the events logo. Just prior to the increase in domestic postal rates
in April 2004 New Zealand Post was involved with the ANZ Bank. The ANZ Bank sponsored
three different self adhesive 5 cent stamps these were the first of the New Zealand
Post customised stamps to feature the NZ Post button logo within a grey band at the right
of the stamp.
Owing to a shortage of 5 cent definitive stamps New Zealand Post used the basic design of
the customised stamps to produce the now infamous "5c Emergency" grey
self-adhesive stamps. These had a sales period of about four weeks and proved difficult to
acquire. Suffice it to say that Kiwipex 2006 has a quantity (400) of these booklets set
aside for including in our mystery envelopes.
Following from the successes and disaster of the above stamps we are pleased to offer our
readers Kiwipex 2006 customised stamps! Those astute enough to be a supporting member will
have received one of the two different Kiwipex 2006 customised stamps on their envelope
for the posted out newsletter 6.
Our stylised Kiwipex 2006 logo was used as the basis for one stamp whilst Fred, our
friendly penguin, made another return to prominence this time as the basis for a
self-adhesive stamp. Formerly Fred was depicted on our Antarctic souvenir sheet # 4.
This time it is his mirror image that appears on a stamp.
Our Kiwipex 2006 customised
stamps were printed in sheets of 50: 25 with our logo at the left side of the sheet and 25
with penguin Fred at the right of the sheet. A total of 1250 of each stamp exists
(incidentally they cost us well over double face). We offer subject unsold
complete sheets of 50 stamps, mint blocks of four of each stamp plus a block of four
comprising two of each stamp, as well as first day covers and maximum cards. For obvious
reasons we do not have many of the blocks with two of each Kiwipex 2006 stamp!
Credit card orders will result in a Classic Stamps Ltd charge appearing on your statement.
Please note that Kiwipex can no longer accept payment by AMEX or Diners card.
The 1906/7 Christchurch
(Thanks to Laurence Eagle for supplying
the following snippets of information:)
At a time when exhibitions were in vogue, Christchurch staged the New Zealand
International Exhibition in 1906-7. Sponsored by the New Zealand Government, the
exhibition was the biggest to be held in the country. Huge halls were constructed on a 5.6
hectare site in Hagley Park, and a branch railway line was built from Riccarton to service
the complex. Exhibitors included the United States, South Africa, Canada, the UK, Fiji,
Australian states, and even the Straits Settlement.
In 1903 Mr Seddon, New Zealands premier, suggested that it was time for a great
exhibition. There was little enthusiasm. In 1904 the St Louis Exposition opened - with NZ
Mr Seddon stated in 1904 that time was opportune and that 'I
am still of opinion that the most fitting place is Hagley Park, and I hope to see the
matter taken up with vigour'. £1000 was granted to meet
preliminary expenses, and in November Seddon met with citizens of Christchurch. Committees
were appointed during early 1905. The government appointed Mr. G.S. Munro as executive
commissioner and Mr. E.J. Righton as secretary. Munro convinced Seddon that the government
should finance the whole scheme.
On 18 December 1905 the foundation stone was laid by Mr Seddon, who gave a moving address,
recounting Canterbury's and the nations progress, to date. This was regarded by many
that attended, to be Seddon's greatest political speech. As one paper reported after the
event: 'It was generally agreed that Mr Seddon never spoke with more effect to the people
than on that occasion. The scene was picturesque. He stood bareheaded on the platform,
with the flags of many countries flying above. The people were gathered in front, and
behind them was the great stretch of Hagley Park, flowing away in beautiful undulations.
The grey-headed premier, grown old in the country's service, spoke with exceptional warmth
and hope for the future of the Colony he loved.'
The immense buildings were soon erected, and it was not long before the whole face of the
northern part of Hagley Park was entirely changed.
The grandiose buildings included machinery, produce and concert halls, and in the south
tower visitors took an electric elevator constructed by Turnbull and Jones, to ascend for
the view from the top.
Attractions included a model Maori village complete with geyser, poi dancers and 'model
Rotorua'. A ride on the water chute gave boatloads of screaming visitors a splashdown on
to what is now called Victoria Lake. Amusements included the Laughing Gallery, Rocky Road
to Dublin, Katzenjammer Castle and a Cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg from the
American Civil War.
The official exhibition programme advertised 'good suits
made to measure, 40 shillings', and sheet music of such
popular songs as, 'I Wouldn't Leave my Little Wooden Hut
for You' and 'Stop Your
Sadly, Mr Seddon, died at sea on 10 June 1906 five months before the Christchurch
International Exhibition, opened to the public on 1 November 1906. It was open for five
and a half months and closed on 15 April 1907. Registered admissions totalled 1.8 million
whilst New Zealand's population at the time was about 900,000 and that of Christchurch was