NZSCC stamp news on line May 2002

Evening Meeting

Wednesday, 22 May from 7.30pm in the Philatelic Centre, 67 Mandeville Street, Riccarton.

Raffle We are to have a raffle as usual.

Items of interest Do bring these to the meeting.

Ten-minute talk Jeff Long will show and talk about a thematic collection of ‘Horses’.

Silent display ‘Tribute to the late Queen Mother’. Many members were disappointed not to see this display in April because Shirley Bone was ill at the time of our last meeting.

Bring an album Please bring part of your collection for others to look at during the next evening meeting. In the past when we have held these sessions they have been popular but they aren’t much fun if only a few of you remember to bring something along. It doesn’t matter if your collection isn’t wonderful or set out on album pages. Items in stock books or shoeboxes are acceptable.

Six-page competition This will be one of the high lights of this evening. We look forward to seeing a number of displays in this annual event.

One-page competition ‘Paintings’ - do make an effort to enter this one. Reminder of the themes to come:

June Flora   July Winter sports   Aug Medical matters  Sep Back of the book  Oct Music

Nov Leisure  Dec Christmas: North & South  Jan Stamps on stamps

News from here and there

Farewell to Mike Cann and a warm welcome to our newly elected member, Yvonne MacKenzie!

Have you noticed that our NZ Post mailboxes have a new look about them? And did you know that the letterbox models you can buy from NZ Post are of post-boxes from around the globe but not from here?

Steven McLachlan says that Australia Post has issued a Star Wars - Attack of the Clones set of stamps in a large souvenir sheet format. No doubt they hope it will be as popular as the New Zealand Lord of the Rings issue. He thinks that a lot of the Star Wars computer graphics was done in Sydney film studios.

Hank Smits has been watching price reductions of stamp jigsaws on sale at the Warehouse - he’d bought two of them at full price from NZ Post! Hank is seeking postcards to make maxi cards of the Children’s Book Festival Stamps. Perhaps hand painted ones would do?

Thank you to John Wadden for giving me these stamps and an article about it called ‘Portrait Stamps’ from in the London Daily Times of 19 April 1930.

‘The only portrait stamps we have in Britain are those bearing the head of the reigning monarch. Other countries, however, frequently honour their great men by placing their portraits on stamps.

There are stamps showing musicians, writers explorers, and soldiers. We even see Englishmen’s faces on some foreign stamps. Thus, there is a Greek stamp bearing a portrait of Byron, the great poet. Perhaps the most interesting of these, however, is the one shown here. This picture is that of J D Bourchier who for many years was the newspaper correspondent in Sofia as a journalist he did Bulgaria many good turns so The Bulgarians honoured him as you see.

Thanks to Gary Tavendale we show this two-kiwi item. Gary says that the ‘good old fashioned stamp hinge’ is alive and well in the modern hinge less society. Recently, two of his customers have each bought 100 packets of 1000 hinges. (Rumour has it that Ken Balch buys ten packets of stamp hinges every month).

If you attempt something and fail, don’t give up! Remember General Douglas MacArthur, the man who, perhaps more than any other helped to win the war in the Pacific during WWII. He may never have gained power & fame because when he applied for admission to West Point, he was turned down, not once but twice. But he tried a third time, was accepted and marched into the history books.

Behind the scenes at the Canterbury Museum

Steven McLachlan sent an email to the Canterbury Museum regarding his concerns about access to the Sir Heaton Rhodes stamp collection. Anthony Wright, Director sent Steven a brochure about the $50m Museum revitalisation project and wrote this:

I understand your concerns about access to the Sir Heaton Rhodes stamp collection and would like to reassure you that the Canterbury Museum is fully aware of the importance of not only the Rhodes collection but other philatelic collections we hold. People who want to see the Sir Heaton Rhodes collection can browse through the catalogue, which consists of copies of pages from the albums, and if they want to see individual pages, can look at them within the Museum’s special research facility. Please note that there is no restriction on those who can look at the collection.

‘Over the past few years, the Museum has dramatically improved the storage conditions of all our philatelic items. They are now stored in our new environmentally controlled Documentary Collections Store in their own cabinets – part of a $300 000 storage development.

‘We have developed a plan to manage this complex collection, and prioritised the Sir Heaton Rhodes collection as the first collection to receive upgraded housing in the way of acid-free containers, and to be made available to researchers. I hope you will appreciate my dismay that despite all the efforts put in on the philatelic collection in the past, none of the honorary curators compiled any catalogues to the collection. Full inventory control is a fundamental requirement for the Museum’s collection, and we estimate that there are 18 000 items in the Sir Heaton Rhodes collection that need cataloguing.

‘While we are not currently displaying entire stamp collections, stamps are incorporated into displays where relevant. We are also looking into possible exhibitions should the Robert McDougall Art Gallery become part of the Museum complex, and hope that exhibitions of our philatelic collections may be suitable for this venue. My personal hope is that we will eventually achieve modern, international standard display/study/storage cabinets for the majority of the collection to provide ready public access. This is, realistically, still some way off but our revitalisation project outlined in the attached brochure, will give you an indication of the broad possibilities.’

Stamp Fairs

The next ones to be held – at the Church Hall, Corner Papanui Rd & Rugby St, Merivale from 9:30am to 1:00pm on Saturdays 1 and 15 June 2002.

A ‘joke’ from Canada – per Jim Measures of the Saugeen Stamp Club

An Atheist complained to his Christian friend, ‘I don’t see why you have all those official holidays like Christmas and Easter, why they even issue stamps for some of them. It just isn’t fair!’

‘You should try celebrating the first of April’ his friend replied.

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New Zealand Post security and ethics - a personal view by Steven McLachlan

Since New Zealand Post moved the Christchurch Philatelic Sales Centre into the new Cathedral Square Post Centre a few years ago, serious problems have developed relating to the layout of the building, which has seen the centre become a shoplifters delight. Along with most modern retailers, New Zealand Post has chosen to have hang sell products accessible to the public. However, for many hours each week, the Cathedral Square Post Shop is open and the Philatelic Sales section is not. During these hours it seems that local shoplifters have been having a field day taking what they like with little risk of being apprehended. This includes annual albums, stamp packs, various accessories, mint sets of stamps and first day covers. Some of these have been sold elsewhere or used for postage. The most worrying aspect is that New Zealand Post does not seem to care. Its security department does not want to know or even bother to follow up on strong leads. Perhaps the fact that New Zealand Post prints the stamps itself is the reason for this cavalier attitude? But surely encouraging theft (for this is what it is doing) is not what we should expect of the organisation.

New Zealand Post administrators rely on feedback to know what is happening in the wider philatelic community. This comes in many forms including regular surveys of their collector base. One way of encouraging customer feedback is to let people know the results of it. They can publish survey results or simply respond to letters or emails. Hopefully, they listen and eventually react to the feedback as collectors often put in a lot of time providing the information. Earlier this year I received an email from a collector in the Netherlands offering for sale several New Zealand 1996 ‘Teddy Bear Error’ Health souvenir sheets. New Zealand Post never sold these sheets and it was obvious these particular ones had come direct (and illegally) from the Dutch printers. I immediately informed New Zealand Post personnel who indicated they would follow up this lead. Despite several subsequent requests to them, it has not been possible to find out for sure what has happened about these sheets and what their current status is.

When New Zealand Post announced in December 2001 the issue of its first Lord of the Rings stamp issue, its publicists widely used the word ‘Exclusive’ in their promotions. In March, I became aware that an American company was offering for sale Lord of the Rings stamps from the ex-Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. These stamps feature beautiful images taken from the movie itself and have been issued in an attractive souvenir sheet of nine stamps. After I emailed New Zealand Post about these stamps seeking clarification on their status (and the New Zealand Post’s exclusive claim) I received an email from a spokesperson on 25 March with a promise to investigate these stamps and inform me accordingly. Since that date I haven’t heard anything of the matter.

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The last area of concern relating to ethics centres on the annual ‘Stamp Points’ scheme. This loyalty scheme introduced by New Zealand Post in 1996 (for New Zealand resident customers only) promises a philatelic reward based on the amount spent by a customer in each year. For the first five years this largely consisted of sets of three souvenir stamp sheets. To acquire these a collector needed to have spent less than $150. For the 2001 year this Philatelic reward changed to imperforate stamp sheets, which required an annual spending of at least $801 to acquire one of each.

What will happen for the 2002 Stamp Rewards scheme? How many points will be required? What will the reward gift be? We are nearly halfway through 2002 and despite many requests to New Zealand Post it has been impossible to ascertain these answers. This is not a satisfactory state of affairs. A reward scheme should announce the spending required and reward at its commencement rather than after the year has finished.

New Zealand Post contributes generously to the hobby but it also makes a lot of sales from it. I hope that it takes more care in future to guard its philatelic reputation than it has been doing recently.

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Cultural differences – where do the Kiwis fit in then?

Americans

Canadians

British

Australians

Encourage being mistaken for Canadians when abroad

Are rather indignant about being mistaken for Americans when abroad.

Can’t possibly be mistaken for anyone else when abroad.

Dislike being mistaken for Poms when abroad.

Believe that people should look out for and take care of themselves.

Believe that that’s the government’s job.

Believe that you should look out for those people who belong to your club.

Believe you should look out for your mates.

Are flag-waving, anthem singing, and obsessively patriotic to the point of blindness.

Can’t agree on the words to their anthem, when they can be bothered to sing them.

Do not sing at all but prefer a large brass band to perform the anthem.

Are extremely patriotic to their beer

Spend most of their lives glued to the idiot box.

Don’t, but only because they can’t get more American channels.

Pay a tax just so they can watch four channels.

Export all their crummy programs that no one watches, to Britain, where everybody loves them.

Will jabber on incessantly about football, baseball, and basketball.

Will jabber on incessantly about hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey, and how they beat the Americans twice, playing baseball.

Will jabber on incessantly about cricket, soccer, and rugby.

Will jabber on incessantly about how they beat the Poms in every sport they play them in.

Spell words differently, but still call it ‘English’.

Spell words like British and pronounce their words like Americans.

Pronounce their words differently, but still call it ‘English’.

Add G’day, mate and a heavy accent to everything they say in an attempt to get laid.

Seem to think that poverty & failure are morally suspect.

Seem to believe that wealth and success are morally suspect.

Seem to believe that wealth, poverty, success and failure are inherited things.

Seem to think that none of this matters after several beers

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