The Society has many things to offer both its New Zealand and overseas members.
Originating in 1919 as the house journal of a Christchurch stamp dealer, since 1971 this has been published by the Society. In 1995 it moved from A5 to A4 size, and recently we have endevoured to have 4 full-colour pages per issue.
Monthly meetings and displays, on a wide range of topics
The Society produces a monthly 2-page newsletter, which goes online under Publications.
Twice a year (usually) we hold a postal bid sale comprising 1000-1500 lots.
The Library is available for browsing and borrowing during normal Office Hours (Tues-Thurs 11am-2pm), and meeting nights held in the office premises. Occasionally the Librarian will open the Library on a weekend day.
The Society maintains an Archive of historic research material relating to the stamps and postal history of New Zealand which can be studied onsite by members.
Since 1938, the Society has published the definitive series of Handbooks on the stamps and postal history of New Zealand and her Dependencies. Monographs on a variety of topics are also published from time to time. Members enjoy privileges in obtaining copies of these works.
Awards and Honours
The Society has a selection of awards and honours which it may confer.
Any member of the Society who has done outstanding original research work which has been published for the benefit of philately, or has performed meritorious service for the advancement of philately may become a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand and append the letters FRPSNZ after their name. Council will consider applications in the form of a philatelic CV forwarded by a proposer, who must also be a member of the Society. If deemed suitable, the CV is passed to a panel of the 10 most senior New Zealand-based Fellows who will vote.
Named in honour of the late R.J.G. Collins RDP FRPSL FRPSNZ who contributed a vast amount of the published knowledge of local philately, it is awarded for excellence in a paper published by a member of the Society in any media or handbook on some aspect of philately pertaining to New Zealand or its past and present dependencies.
Named in honour of the late Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes RDP FRPSL FRPSNZ, a past President of the Society and Postmaster General. It is awarded to a member of the Society who has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand Philately and who has been a member for not less than five years. Only eight have been awarded since its inception in 1967.
Awarded to a member who has performed meritorious service to the Society.
Honorary and Life memberships are also approved from time to time.