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Generic Series

ANI - Animals Series

CAD - Cats and Dogs Series

XMA - Christmas Series

ROS - Roses Series

NGE - North Island Generic Series

SGE - South Island Generic Series

ZGE - New Zealand Generic Series

Regional Series

NLD - Northland Series

AKL - Auckland Series

HOW - Howick Village Series

FRC - Franklin Country Series

HUN - Huntly Series

WKT - Waikato Series

HAM - Hamilton Series

CAM - Cambridge Series

OTO - Otorohanga Series

WTO - Waitomo Series

NPL - New Plymouth Series

HAW - Hawera Series

COR - Coromandel Series

BOP - Bay of Plenty Series

ROT - Rotorua Series

TAU - Taupo Series

WRA - Wairoa Series

HAB - Hawkes Bay Series

EKE - Eketahuna Series

TAR - Tararua Country Series

HUV - Hutt Valley Series

WLG - Wellington Series

NEL - Nelson Series

PIC - Picton Series

BUL - Buller Series

WLD - Westland Series

HAS - Hanmer Springs Series

KAI - Kaikoura Series

CHC - Christchurch Series

ASH - Ashburton District Series

GER - Geraldine Series

CSI - Central South Island Series

WNK - Wanaka Series

AWT - Arrowtown Series

QTN - Queenstown Series

QAW - Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka Combined Series

COT - Central Otago Series

DUN - Dunedin Series

GOR - Gore Series

SLD - Southland Series

Advertising Series

BCH - Beach Hop Series

FSA - Food Safety Series

MAM - Maritime Museum Series

QLT - Quilting Series

RES - Resene Series

Eketahuna Series

These stamps advertise Eketahuna Kiwi Country.

45c stamps

EKE120 EKE121
EKE120 EKE121
Kiwi mural, Eketahuna Kiwi Country Information Centre, Main Street Giant Kiwi statue, corner of Main Street and Church Street
Series Month Notes EKE B12 EKE120
(1)
EKE120
(2)
EKE120
(3)
EKE120
(4)
EKE120
(5)
EKE121
(1)
EKE121
(2)
EKE121
(3)
EKE121
(4)
EKE121
(5)
d  11/06  Earliest known printing at 45c rate.
See Appendix 1 for type differences
 NZM 0102   1334   1334   1334   1334   1334   1335   1335   1335   1335   1335 

Appendix 1

Booklets of these stamps feature five examples of each design type. All five stamps of each type are likely to differ in minor design features and have therefore been listed individually. However I am unable to show the order in which the stamps are set out in until such time as I am able to inspect a complete booklet, and I have also yet to acquire sufficient copies of EKE121d to be able to illustrate all the possible design types.

EKE120d(1) EKE120d(2)
EKE120d variety EKE120d variety
(Enlargement)
Note company name distant from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note left edge of "k" to the right of the left edge of door frame
EKE120d(3) EKE120d(4) EKE120d(5)
EKE120d variety EKE120d variety EKE120d variety
(Enlargement)
Note company logo close to right side margin
(Enlargement)
Note web address in imprint extends as far as left side margin
(Enlargement)
Note left edge of "k" to the left of the left edge of door frame
EKE121d(1) EKE121d(2)
EKE121d variety EKE121d variety
(Enlargement)
Note company name slightly farther from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name slightly closer to lower margin

50c stamps

EKE130 EKE131
EKE130 EKE131
Kiwi mural, Eketahuna Kiwi Country Information Centre, Main Street Giant Kiwi statue, corner of Main Street and Church Street
Series Month Notes EKE B13 EKE130
(1)
EKE130
(2)
EKE130
(3)
EKE130
(4)
EKE130
(5)
EKE131
(1)
EKE131
(2)
EKE131
(3)
EKE131
(4)
EKE131
(5)
b  03/07  Earliest known printing at 50c rate.
See Appendix 2 for type differences
 NZM 0117   1334   1334   1334   1334   1334   1335   1335   1335   1335   1335 
f  06/08  See Appendix 2 for type differences  NZM 0117   1334   1334   1334   1334   1334   1335   1335   1335   1335   1335 
k  08/09  See Appendix 3 for type differences  NZM 0117   1334   1334   1334   1334   1334   1335   1335   1335   1335   1335 
n  10/09  See Appendix 4 for type differences  NZM 0117   1334   1334   1334   1334   1334   1335   1335   1335   1335   1335 

Appendix 2

The following appendix describes the differences between the five types of each stamp in Booklet EKE B13b. Each stamp has at least a minor characteristic to distinguish it from others in the booklet, but for reference purposes the enlargements given here illustrate the same parts of each stamp.
Stamps from Booklet EKE B13f show the same type differences as stamps from Booklet EKE B13b.

EKE130b(1) EKE130b(2)
EKE130b(1) EKE130b(2)
(Enlargement)
Note "50c" noticeably distant from right margin;"0" noticeably cuts into kiwi's back
(Enlargement)
Note kiwi's back takes up about half of space within lower part of "5"; top of "Y" level with top of "5"; otherwise almost identical to EKE130b(3)
EKE130b(3) EKE130b(4) EKE130b(5)
EKE130b(3) EKE130b(4) EKE130b(5)
(Enlargement)
Note kiwi's back takes up majority of space within lower part of "5"
(Enlargement)
Note kiwi's back takes up minority of space within lower part of "5"
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" noticeably closer to upper margin than left margin; kiwi's back takes up almost no space within lower part of "5"
EKE131b(1) EKE131b(2)
EKE131b(1) EKE131b(2)
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" close to left margin; lighter green marking over the "EK"
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" distant from left margin; "C" of "COUNTRY" touches back of kiwi; NZM logo close to base of design
EKE131b(3) EKE131b(4) EKE131b(5)
EKE131b(3) EKE131b(4) EKE131b(5)
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" the same distance from left margin as from upper margin; "t" of "country" touches base of sign
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" close to left margin; lighter green marking over the "K", otherwise almost identical to EKE131b(1)
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" slightly closer to upper margin than left margin; "y" of "country" touches lower margin

Appendix 3

Stamps from Booklet EKE B13k also show the same type differences as stamps from Booklet EKE B13b, but in addition stamps EKE130k(1), EKE130k(3) and EKE130k(4) show the company name changed from white lettering to black lettering. Stamps EKE130k(2) and EKE130k(5) remain with white lettering. The three changed types are shown below.

EKE130k(1) EKE130k(3) EKE130k(4)
EKE130k(1) EKE130k(3) EKE130k(4)
(Enlargement)
Note "50c" noticeably distant from right margin;"0" noticeably cuts into kiwi's back
(Enlargement)
Note kiwi's back takes up majority of space within lower part of "5"
(Enlargement)
Note kiwi's back takes up minority of space within lower part of "5"

Appendix 4

The following appendix describes the differences between the five types of each stamp in Booklet EKE B13n. For this booklet it seems that the designs have been set out from scratch and therefore there is no similarity between these and earlier design variations.

EKE130n(1) EKE130n(2)
EKE130n(1) EKE130n(2)
(Enlargement)
Note "c" distant from right side margin and company logo close to right side margin
(Enlargement)
Note "c" close to right side margin, "0" touches kiwi's back and company logo distant from right side margin
EKE130n(3) EKE130n(4) EKE130n(5)
EKE130n(3) EKE130n(4) EKE130n(5)
(Enlargement)
Note "c" distant from right side margin and company logo distant from right side margin
(Enlargement)
Note "c" close to right side margin, "0" touches kiwi's back and company logo close to right side margin
(Enlargement)
Note "c" close to right side margin and "0" does not touch kiwi's back
EKE131n(1) EKE131n(2)
EKE131n(1) EKE131n(2)
(Enlargement)
Note "E" close to left side margin and company name close to lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note "C" touches kiwi's back
EKE131n(3) EKE131n(4) EKE131n(5)
EKE131n(3) EKE131n(4) EKE131n(5)
(Enlargement)
Note "y" does not touch lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note "E" close to left side margin and company name distant from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note "y" extends past lower margin

Undenominated stamps

These stamps, inscribed "Kiwi", are permanently valid for the basic internal postal rate within New Zealand. This rate was 50c when the stamps were first issued, rising to 60c on 1st October, 2010.

EKE140 EKE141
EKE140 EKE141
Kiwi mural, Eketahuna Kiwi Country Information Centre, Main Street Giant Kiwi statue, corner of Main Street and Church Street
Series Month Notes EKE B14 EKE140
(/1)
EKE140
(/2)
EKE140
(/3)
EKE140
(/4)
EKE140
(/5)
EKE141
(/1)
EKE141
(/2)
EKE141
(/3)
EKE141
(/4)
EKE141
(/5)
a(1/)  04/10  Earliest known undenominated printing.
See Appendix 5 for type differences
 NZM 0221   1859   1859   1859   1859   1859   1860   1860   1860   1860   1860 
a(2/)  04/10  Variant types from later printing.
See Appendix 6 for type differences
 NZM 0221   1859   1859   1859   1859   1859   1860   1860   1860   1860   1860 

Appendix 5

The following appendix describes the differences between the five types of each stamp in Booklet EKE B14a(1). Each stamp has at least a minor characteristic to distinguish it from others in the booklet, but for reference purposes the enlargements given here illustrate the same parts of each stamp. For differences between stamps from Booklets EKE B14a(1) and EKE B14a(2), see Appendix 6.

EKE140a(1/1) EKE140a(1/2)
EKE140a(1/1) EKE140a(1/2)
(Enlargement)
Note company name in black, logo distant from right side margin and close to "z"; "K" close to upper margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name in white, logo close to base of design; "1859" not quite as close to line of right side margin
EKE140a(1/3) EKE140a(1/4) EKE140a(1/5)
EKE140a(1/3) EKE140a(1/4) EKE140a(1/5)
(Enlargement)
Note company name in black, logo close to right side margin and distant from "z", "K" does not touch top margin; "k" of web address does not extend left of green line, "1859" slightly more distant from right side margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name in black, logo close to right side margin and distant from "z", "K" touches top margin; web address in imprint very slightly closer to lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name in white, logo distant from base of design; almost indistinguishable from EKE140a(2/5)
EKE141a(1/1) EKE141a(1/2)
EKE141a(1/1) EKE141a(1/2)
(Enlargement)
Note month in imprint is not duplicated; "E" and "w" moderately close to left side margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name touches base of design; almost indistinguishable from EKE141a(2/2)
EKE141a(1/3) EKE141a(1/4) EKE141a(1/5)
EKE141a(1/3) EKE141a(1/4) EKE141a(1/5)
(Enlargement)
Note left serif of "i" only just touches kiwi's back; almost indistinguishable from EKE141a(2/3)
(Enlargement)
Note most of left serif of "i" superimposed on kiwi's back; almost indistinguishable from EKE141a(2/4)
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" distant from left margin; "K" does not extend past upper margin

Appendix 6

The following appendix describes the differences between the five types of each stamp in Booklet EKE B14a(2). Each stamp has at least a minor characteristic to distinguish it from others in the booklet, but for reference purposes the enlargements given here illustrate the same parts of each stamp. This appendix also describes the differences between stamps from Booklets EKE B14a(1) and EKE B14a(2). In some cases stamps from the separate booklets are almost indistinguishable, but the examples of each of these booklets I have to hand also differ in that the black printing in Booklet EKE B14a(2) is somewhat washed out in appearance compared with that of Booklet EKE B14a(1).

EKE140a(2/1) EKE140a(2/2)
EKE140a(2/1) EKE140a(2/2)
(Enlargement)
Note company name in black, logo distant from right side margin and close to "z"; "K" distant from upper margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name in white, logo close to base of design; "1859" slightly closer to line of right side margin
EKE140a(2/3) EKE140a(2/4) EKE140a(2/5)
EKE140a(2/3) EKE140a(2/4) EKE140a(2/5)
(Enlargement)
Note company name in black, logo close to right side margin and distant from "z", "K" does not touch top margin; "k" of web address extends slightly left of green line, "1859" slightly closer to right side margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name in black, logo close to right side margin and distant from "z", "K" touches top margin; web address in imprint very slightly more distant from lower margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name in white, logo distant from base of design; almost indistinguishable from EKE140a(1/5)
EKE141a(2/1) EKE141a(2/2)
EKE141a(2/1) EKE141a(2/2)
(Enlargement)
Note month in imprint is not duplicated; "E" and "w" very close to left side margin
(Enlargement)
Note company name touches base of design; almost indistinguishable from EKE141a(1/2)
EKE141a(2/3) EKE141a(2/4) EKE141a(2/5)
EKE141a(2/3) EKE141a(2/4) EKE141a(2/5)
(Enlargement)
Note left serif of "i" only just touches kiwi's back; almost indistinguishable from EKE141a(1/3)
(Enlargement)
Note most of left serif of "i" superimposed on kiwi's back; almost indistinguishable from EKE141a(1/4)
(Enlargement)
Note "EKE" distant from left margin; "K" extends past upper margin