You might be wondering how a stamp gets made, and how New Zealand Post decides what to put on a stamp? Find out the answers
1. The selection process Every year people from around the world write to New Zealand Post asking
for a stamp to celebrate an event or topic. New Zealand Post uses their suggestions to decide which topics to put onto
2. Choosing a designer New Zealand Post has many designers that help to design our stamps. For each
stamp issue at least two designers are chosen to make rough sketches of their ideas for the stamp designs.
3. Developing final art Once the designer has been chosen, they will develop finished artwork.The
finished artwork must include the denomination of the stamp, the word ‘New Zealand’, the fern and a short
description of the topic illustrated on the stamp.
4. Choosing a printer Printing stamps needs special equipment and lots of checking. Because stamp
printing is so special there are only a few printers in the world that can print them! New Zealand Post has used different printers
from all over the world to print stamps.
5. Proofs For each stamp, a full colour sample sheet is printed so that New Zealand Post can check
for errors before all the stamps are printed.
6. Printing process Stamps are printed on paper which has gum underneath so the stamps are able
to stick to the envelopes. The stamp paper is coated with phosphor so the sorting and cancelling machines in Mail
Service Centres can read the stamps.
7. Perforating Perforations are made to the printed sheets to create the individual stamps. The
size and numbers of perforations may vary on different stamps, and printers are sometimes selected according to which
perforating combs they can use.
8. The final product Once the stamps are finished, they're sold in many different forms depending
on the stamp issue. In most cases, you can buy them individually, in sheets, on miniature sheets, on first day covers,
and sometimes in special presentation packs.