Kiwipex 2006 NEWSLETTER  5.


Thank you!

Our readers acted with positive responses, to our May 2004 newsletter, thank you. So positive that newsletter number 4 raised over $5000 towards the costs of hosting Kiwipex 2006!   Also we have withdrawn from sale Norfolk Island Kiwipex 2006 personalised stamps – more about these later. We have very limited numbers of Kiwipex 2006 greetings stamps available - we can perhaps supply some orders for these. The numbers available for sale are indicated on our order form.

After this newsletter, any residual Kiwipex 2006 greetings stamps will be made available later via our mystery envelopes – to be launched in 2006.

Kiwipex 2006 news

In June 2004 the annual general meeting of Canpex Inc (the organisers of Kiwipex 2006) was held. The following were elected to continue organising Kiwipex 2006:

David Smitham  - chairman

Karen Jeffrey - secretary

Graham Muir - treasurer (& vice chairman)

Bruce Alexandre - chairman of the jury

Sue McIntosh - NZPF co-ordinator

Paul Wales - NZSDA co-ordinator

Terry McQuinn - NZ Post co-ordinator

Fred Saunders - souvenir order despatcher

In addition to the above Paul Clark, was elected the hall manager of Kiwipex 2006. Welcome aboard, Paul!  Paul’s job will be more onerous as Kiwipex 2006 approaches, but Paul will be kept occupied in the meantime - planning!

It is with deep regret that we advise the death of Bruce Alexandre, after a long battle with cancer, at the end of August.  Bruce will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.

One important decision was made at our mid year meeting. Kiwipex 2006 will be only the third New Zealand national stamp exhibition, and the second to be held in The Mainland to have FIAP involvement!  The two earlier NZ national stamp exhibitions to have FIAP involvement were Palmpex ’99, and of course Canpex 2000.

What does this mean for our event? Subject to approval of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately Kiwipex 2006 will have the services of two of Asia’s best judges on the judging panel. Not only that, but they will be bringing with them various exciting, FIP internationally qualified, exhibits from within Asia that would otherwise be most unlikely to be seen in New Zealand. This augurs well for other Kiwipex 2006 participants and visitors.

Thanks to Laurence Eagle's efforts we are pleased to report that we hope to have displayed at Kiwipex 2006 various items produced for the 1906/07 Christchurch International Exhibition.

Just what will be on show in the Christchurch Exhibition Memorabilia class of course remains to be seen, but we can assure readers that it will be well worth their while to visit Kiwipex 2006. Cups and saucers, fans, postcards, brochures, diaries, posters and many, many more items were produced for the great event held in Hagley Park in central Christchurch over the 1906-1907 summer. 

Kiwipex Auction

At the suggestion of a supporting member, we seek suitable donations of philatelic material from our readers for a postal auction. Kiwipex 2006 will hold this in 2006 but is requesting donations now of items with a likely estimate of NZ$50 or more. Kiwipex 2006 does not wish to upset anyone, hence the postal auction option at present looks to be the most suitable. Kiwipex 2006 will make acknowledgement of donated items, and items should be forwarded to our postal address (PO Box 18914, Christchurch, NZ).

Thank you for your help and suggestion, Stan.

The Kiwipex Norfolk Island covers saga ends!

In our May 2004 newsletter, mention was made about a problem that we encountered with our covers going to Norfolk Island. Since printing our newsletter number 4 the problem has been resolved!

To recap: last year we sent over to Norfolk Island some attractive Kiwipex 2006 covers each bearing a strip of the Norfolk Island Kiwipex 2006 personalised stamps to be cancelled.

The package containing the covers was received back in New Zealand in December 2003 endorsed not known at this address from the US postal service! They had obviously travelled to Norfolk, Virginia.

In the meantime we had to send more covers off to be cancelled at Norfolk Island to satisfy mail orders. This package with cancelled covers was returned promptly from Norfolk Island.

The original package of returned covers (received just before Christmas 2003) was repackaged and sent via airmail to Norfolk Island. As reported in newsletter number 4 another consignment of Kiwipex 2006 covers was mailed from Australia in March 2004. These covers were cancelled and returned promptly.

In early May, long after we gave up hope of the original covers ever turning up, they were received on Norfolk Island; they were cancelled and received in Christchurch in mid May 2004!

From what we surmise, it appears that the pre Christmas 2003 repackaged covers went to the USA (again!) and were forwarded to Norfolk (England!) before someone realised that there was a location in the South Pacific called Norfolk Island!

Suffice it to say that after being bundled up for over 6 months and having passed through the tropics the covers received were spoiled. To help rectify the situation all 25 covers were destroyed but the Norfolk Island Kiwipex 2006 personalised stamp strips were soaked and will be offered later via our mystery envelopes!

For the few dollars of postage that we expended on these covers, perhaps we really received good value – in the travel department!

At the time of compiling this newsletter we have had to make a few refunds for ordered souvenirs that had sold out! This includes the Norfolk Island Kiwipex 2006 personalised stamps.

We apologise to those who were unsuccessful. Suffice it to say we have remaining a very few Lord of the Rings – part II souvenirs available.


We look forward to bringing to our readers’ attentions Lord of the Rings – part III souvenirs – next year.

New Kiwipex Souvenirs

  1. New Ross Dependency postally valid sheetlets.

In 2003 we successfully released two different Ross Dependency postally valid sheetlets. We are pleased to announce the release of two more Ross Dependency postally valid sheetlets for 2004 that mark past events.

The 2004 sheetlets once more featured the 5c and 20c Ross Dependency bird stamps. Both 2003 and 2004 Ross Dependency postally valid sheetlets were produced at the same time by Christchurch printers New Century Press.

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The first sheetlet was released in August and celebrated the 90th anniversary of the departure of Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. Attractive Kiwipex covers featuring our logo and an outline of Antarctica were used and compliment our earlier 2003 Ross Dependency postally valid sheetlet covers.

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 Our second sheetlet was released in November and celebrated Rear Admiral Byrd’s historic 1929 Antarctic flight. Once again our Kiwipex Antarctic covers were used with these sheetlets. Only a limited number of covers were produced.

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We offer mint, used and FDCs of the 2004 postally valid Ross Dependency sheetlets. Please see order form for full details.

  1. Kiwipex Year of the Monkey miniature sheets. Owing to a suggestion from the NZSDA, Kiwipex is pleased to announce that the NZSDA arranged for an overprint to be applied to the Year of the Monkey miniature sheets for the NZSDA Stampshow held in Christchurch during August.

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 A total of 500 miniature sheets were overprinted with the following rubric: NZSDA supports Kiwipex 2006/ NZSDA Stampshow Christchurch 2004. Of this, 250 were retained by the NZSDA and 250 offered to Kiwipex.

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 150 blank year of the monkey FDC envelopes were obtained from New Zealand Post. These had the overprinted year of the monkey miniature sheets affixed and cancelled on the opening day of the NZSDA Stampshow Christchurch (20 August). In addition, the president of the NZSDA (Paul Wales) signed the covers. The NZSDA and Kiwipex each retained half of these covers for fundraising purposes.

We offer mint, used and FDCs of the NZSDA Stampshow Christchurch 2004 miniature sheets.  Please see order form for full details.

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The Kiwi Challenge

More correctly known as the King George VI Colonial Postal History Challenge (this title will not neatly fit into the single shaded line above, unlike the heading used!) - that aspect of Kiwipex was promoted at two overseas national exhibitions earlier this year. We welcome Michael Blake as our latest challenger with Nigeria. We also have a tentative enquiry from another Northern Hemisphere collector about Bechuanaland, at the time of compiling this newsletter.

Whilst time is passing it is prudent for extant challengers to start contemplating their plan of attack! With only two years to go until Kiwipex 2006 opens this writer suggests that it may be too late (or is it?) for any new challenger to become involved with this aspect of Kiwipex 2006. For further details, please contact the convenor of the Kiwi Challenge:

Bruce Marshall via email:

For the record - the 27 challenge colonies selected is:

Aden States



British Guiana


Channel Islands

Falkland Is.



Gold Coast

Hong Kong


Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika

Leeward Is.


New Hebrides




St. Helena



Sierra Leone

Solomon Is.

Southern Rhodesia

Straits Settlements

Trinidad and Tobago

This writer is eagerly looking forward to seeing the challengers’ efforts displayed in two years time at the Christchurch Convention Centre, in central Christchurch.

Thinking aloud to no one in particular, but specifically to the challengers: how nice it would be to see five frame entries from each of you! For other readers – please bear in mind that the Kiwi Challenge is designed to encourage new entries!

With over 25 colonies selected, visitors to Kiwipex 2006 should be able to realistically view something like around 100 frames of new exhibits on display together for the first time. At the time of planning, this will be about 1/7th of what will be on display to mark the centenary of the opening of the 1906/07 Christchurch International Exhibition.

Kiwipex 2006 Prospectus

This brings us to the final news item: the Kiwipex 2006 prospectus. The Kiwipex 2006 committee has discussed this matter several times already. At the time of preparing this newsletter we only await the naming of our overseas commissioners and of course the final approval of our prospectus by the NZPF. Our next newsletter (number 6) should include the rules and the various classes of entry for Kiwipex 2006. This we hope to have ready by April 2005.

The Kiwipex 2006 committee is already investigating suitable designs for the medals and will endeavour to produce a quality product that any exhibitor will be proud to receive.

Already we are looking at booking a suitable venue for our awards dinner as November 2006 will be a very busy time in Christchurch. It sees the start of the traditional spring (horse) racing festival as well as other activities. We are aware of another large centennial celebration that will be held on the same weekend as our event, so forewarned is forearmed! Further details will be released in due course about our social events.

The 1906/7Christchurch International Exhibition

Thanks to Laurence Eagle for the following extract written in 1973 (memories from his childhood) regarding the NZI Exhibition, 1906-07, from "Earlier Years" by P. E. Kyne, pp 136-140, - a one time resident of Glentunnel.

The day we had at Professor Bickerton’s Park was a most interesting one too, but as I was so young, do not remember a great deal about it. I do remember though Bronko Affleck giving one of the small monkeys that was in the cage with its mother, a cigarette butt. It was not alight, but the mother monkey flew at the netting where Bronk was standing. He was not expecting that, but the mother let him know in a most emphatic way that she was not going to allow anyone to teach her offspring to smoke. She had given Bronk such a start that he did not offer anything to any more of the animals at the Park.

Perhaps one of the most interesting picnics held by the school was the one to the Exhibition at Christchurch during 1907.  It was a two day one and was held in February, perhaps it should be mentioned that all of our picnics were held during the month of February, and I have no recollection of there ever being rain at any of them. The departure time of the train for the Exhibition picnic was the same and arrival back the following day the same as ordinary arrival times. We did not have to bring any bedclothes with us, it was supplied by someone I was never to hear about or know. Our meals were supplied too, probably by the people of Glentunnel or the School Committee may have held functions to raise money to cover the costs.

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Our meals were supplied in a big shed like dining room, and ordinary fare as would be supplied to any children. The sleeping quarters were in a building somewhat similar to the dining room, excepting that there were lots of bunks built in round the walls, and with the busy day it would be no error in stating that all slept well the night they had there.

The Exhibition was of great educational value and most interesting from all points of view, and one of the first exhibits we were to see, was a great big lump of coal from Glentunnel. We had known about it previous to seeing it, and then, when seeing it, made us wonder how it could be got to where it was in one piece. That piece of coal weighed over half a ton, and however it could be dug out, brought out, and set up in one piece, was something we marvelled at.

What interested us most was the spectacular appearance of the whole set up of the place. It would cover a few acres in Hagley Park, and had Walt Disney being showing here we could possibly have compared it to one of his shows, but in miniature.

To we children from Glentunnel, who had never seen anything approaching this Fairyland, or even dreamt that such a place could exist, was a pleasurable memory that remains with most of us for many years.

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The amusements were innumerable, and they suited us better than the educational displays. We had school every day, and that would have to do in the meantime, but first our minds were on more, (to us anyway,) non-educational exhibits.

We were all given a ticket for one ride or look at most of the amusements and displays. When we had used that one ticket, we had to pay for any further ones should we want them and had the money, which most of us had not. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe that my allowance for the two days was two shillings and sixpence, and that was broken up into sixpences, threepences, and pennies, and that was more than had ever been allowed to me before, and for many years later too. In that park, the most prominently displayed piece of amusements and displays was the Waterchute. It was run by men in Sailor’s uniforms, and the uniforms did give those men a more sailorlike appearance, especially as they had to man the boats, which held about twenty passengers on each trip.

At the bottom of the chute was a small lake, the boats assembling on it, and an endless chain with grips towed the boats to the top where there was a platform.

That pull up, to the uninitiated, resembled somewhat a ski tow, excepting that the boats were pushed up from underneath, and the ski tow works from the top.

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All the passengers for the ride down in the waterchute boat had to assemble at the bottom of the large frame which carried it all. They were carried up to the top in a small carriage like affair that ran on rails. It too was pulled up with an endless wire rope that ran continuously, and when enough people were at the top, the sailors ushered them into the boat for the run down.

The boat was pushed by men at the top on to the steep slope, and with one sailor, who was in charge, standing in the stern; it took off at a high speed down that steep grade until the flat bottom hit the water at the bottom. That quickly reduced the speed, the sailor then taking over and paddled the boat to a small platform for all to get off, or disembark, and then off, adults had had their shilling’s worth and those under fourteen their sixpence worth.

Another of the more prominent amusement places was the Toboggan, it working on lines similar to the waterchute, but it did not go to any water, having instead the up and down run which eventually brought the passenger carriages to a stop. Again, priced one shilling, children half price.

There too was the Katzenjammer Castle. It was a spooky place, and its motive was to give its patrons thrills, and in lots of cases it did. There were dark places in it, other parts had shaking floors, and other places winds of gale force coming round the corners. It was a recognised place for pick pockets to work in, and they did

There were several other amusement places of the nature described, but one of the most interesting and educational displays there, was the Battle of Gettysburg. The building in which paintings of The Battle of Gettysburg were housed was one of the most elaborate there. It was large and circular, and had paintings covering a lot of the inside was among the most wonderful one could imagine or see. They appeared to be real, and would be practically a true scene of what happened at Gettysburg during that Civil War. The lifelike pictures of soldiers in battle, some of them wounded, and others for whom all of the fighting had ended, the guns and cannons in action, and the surgeons at work on the battlefield as all of it was said to have happened. The Surgeons were at work in the middle of it all. They were to be seen most plainly using saws and knives doing amputations, and to the ones, who were not physically fit or disliked seeing anything of that nature, that battle scene was most unsuitable.

The seating accommodation was ample for all that wished to see what the battle was like. With the use of electricity which had in some way been connected on the guns and rifles a flash was created when they were fired, at the same time the bangs from them were as real as to make one believe he was there in the middle of the battle.

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At the Exhibition there were displays of all kinds and stalls to suit everyone. Most agricultural and pastoral efforts were there. Grains of all kinds. The largest wheat grains I had ever seen were there, nor have I come in contact with any that could come anywhere near them in size or quality since. Wool, cheese and butter were on display, as were root crops or samples taken from them were there for all to see too.

Model Maori Pas were there too, as were villages from the Islands. Samoa had a model village, and it was inhabited with people from there. It would be safe to say that there were displays that would suit everybody, yet after a few months of its existence the whole place was dismantled when it ended, and very soon no trace of where that Exhibition had been could be seen.

The two days for us at the Exhibition were most pleasant ones, but all the same we young ones at the end of that time made no protests when it was time to go home.

All of us were very tired, but not so tired that we would not go back the next day if we had half a chance.

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