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New Zealand Mail and Postie's Choice Stamps


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

About this site

This site is intended to be a reference catalogue, checklist and guide to the identification of stamps issued by the New Zealand private postal service and stamp issuer New Zealand Mail, also formerly known as Stamps at Work, Black Sheep Stamps and Postie's Choice.

The reason I am compiling this catalogue on-line is that I have not been able to find a comprehensive catalogue of these stamps anywhere else, either on-line or published in book form.


Under the Postal Services Act 1998, New Zealand Post lost its monopoly of the carriage of mail for profit. Since then, numerous businesses and companies have been registered as postal operators and are thus able to, among other things, issue adhesive postage stamps. Only about half a dozen such companies have done so, and the purpose of this catalogue is to list those stamps issued for such purposes by New Zealand Mail Limited, and its previous incarnations.

As far as I have been able to find out through research at the Companies Office and the Register of Postal Operators, at least three separate companies have operated this postal service.

First was Postie's Choice New Zealand Limited, a company incorporated on 18th June, 1998, which was added to the register of postal operators on 17th July, 1998, and removed from the register of postal operators on 20th December, 2002.

Next was Stamps at Work Limited, a company incorporated on 23rd August, 2001, which was added to the register of postal operators on 20th December, 2002, and removed from the register of postal operators on 14th June, 2004.

The slot on the register of postal operators appears to have remained empty for some months following this.

SAW Mail Limited was incorporated on 5th May, 2004, and was added to the register of postal operators on 24th September, 2004. The company name was changed to New Zealand Mail Limited at the Companies Office on 22nd October, 2004, and this change was recorded on the register of postal operators on 28th October, 2004.

Note on validity and on "international" stamps

New Zealand Mail Limited has an access agreement with New Zealand Post, which enables New Zealand Mail Limited stamps to be accepted as prepayment for mail posted into the New Zealand Post system.

Stamps issued by Stamps at Work, and later issues of Postie's Choice, are also still valid for postage as the various versions of the Postie's Choice "sheep" logo are registered as postal identifiers in the name of New Zealand Mail Limited. However, the original Postie's Choice "P.C." logo does not appear to be registered and stamps only featuring the abbreviation "P.C." are therefore unlikely to be accepted as valid for postage.

The $1.50 and $2.00 stamps issued by New Zealand Mail Limited are referred to on their web site as "International Stamps", but they are also seen used for payment on large letters posted within New Zealand.

Please note that stamps of New Zealand Mail Limited's sister company, Universal Mail New Zealand Limited, are not within the scope of this catalogue.

Note on dates of issue

These stamps are not well publicised and the date of issue of each set is not recorded anywhere that I can find. However, most of these stamps show a serial number consisting of a two or three letter code (recently this code has always been NZM), a month and year (typically in the format 12/07 or similar), and a serial number. In most cases I have assumed that the month and year gives a printing date and consequently an earliest possible date of release. However the actual date of issue of any such stamp could be weeks or even months later. For stamps without serial numbers, or where there is a question about the validity of a printing date, a note is given before the table showing the stamps, printing dates and serial numbers.

Note on numbers issued

No information as to numbers issued of these stamps is available, but on the New Zealand Mail Limited web site it is stated that the minimum print run for a customer is 10,000 stamps. Therefore, as the stamps are often issued in booklets of ten different stamps, as few as one thousand may exist of any particular stamp.