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New Zealand Post's Products and Services - The First Eleven Years (1987 to 1998) ~ Colin Capill ~ 2021
Softcover: 333 pages
Weight: 1.4 kg
$59 ($54 for members)

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Wartime Internment in New Zealand ~ Andrew Dove ~ 2017
Softcover: 128 pages
Weight: 0.6 kg
$30 ($20 for members)

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This publication provides an overview of internment during the World Wars in New Zealand. Using original research from the author’s collection, previously published philatelic information, extracts from New Zealand Archives The New Zealand Gazette and contemporaneous newspaper accounts, it gives an account of those interned, the conditions under which they were held, and the postal arrangements made for them.

Although New Zealand was rarely directly threatened during either World War, the security of the nation was a high priority for the Government. In both wars, a mixture of local residents judged to be a danger, German residents of the Pacific Islands and enemy combatant Prisoners of War were interned.

During the First World War, the internment system was organised under direct instructions from the Imperial Authorities in London. In contrast, during the Second World War, procedures and regulations were determined by the New Zealand Government. In both wars, the decision was made to treat those interned as Prisoners of War. This meant that they had to be afforded the privileges specified in The Hague and Geneva Conventions and, in particular, the facility to communicate with family and friends overseas. This required special arrangements to be put in place as normal mail routes were closed by the Wars. Overall, the internees seem to have been well treated compared to PoWs in other parts of the world.

The first part of the book covers the First World War and contains sections on the camps where the internees were held as well as the people caught up in the net. Some special Postal Stationery was produced for the camps and the different printings are described. There is also extensive coverage of the censorship arrangements and postal markings applied to the correspondence.

The Second World War is covered in similar detail although there were fewer internees and they were kept on Somes Island until their move to Pahiatua. Again, the postal marks and censorship arrangements are covered in detail. There is also an account of the treatment of Conscientious Objectors and of families who accompanied the internees from the Pacific Islands.

The appendices include chronological censuses of items sent by internees during their stay in the camps in both wars. They are not claimed to be complete as the information has been gathered by the author from other collectors, philatelic literature, auction catalogues etc. but the changes in postal markings show a consistent time line. Further examples will, no doubt, come to light but it seems likely that these will tighten the recorded dates on which changes occurred rather than requiring a complete review of the picture.

Little has been written on the subject of internees’ mail compared with other aspects of New Zealand philately. This is due, in part, no doubt to the scarcity of World War I material: the generally accepted view is that less than 100 items have survived. The WWI census reported includes 80 examples, and the WWII, 77. A numbering system has been adopted to allow further examples to be added in chronological sequence.

Overall, this is a significant contribution to the understanding of a part of New Zealand’s history and its local contribution to the war effort in the twentieth century. It will be of interest to collectors of postal history of the period and will, hopefully, serve as a stimulus to further discussion on the subject.

Pigeon Posts & Messaging Services of New Zealand and Some South Pacific Islands ~ Desmond Hurley
Softcover: 38 pages
Weight: 0.2 kg

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The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume X ~ Brian Vincent ~ 2013
Hardcover: 800 pages
Weight: 2.4 kg
$55 ($45 for members)

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The tenth volume in this series, running since 1938. Volume X covers in detail all the New Zealand Post issues from 1995 to the end of 2009.

The stamps are arranged and described in chapters including the definitive issues, commemoratives, health stamps, Christmas, scenic and heritage issues. In addition there is a special chapter outlining the development of FDC collecting in New Zealand as well as chapters on the Stamp Points issues, Prestige Booklets and Ross Dependency. CALs are recorded in detail and there is an update on the postal stationery of New Zealand. The book also includes what is certainly the most comprehensive study of the single pane booklets issued during this period. The more recent Game Bird stamps are outlined and there is a historical account of pigeon mail services in New Zealand. The last of the Frama issues are covered and there are appendices on OPSO overprints (updated since the publication of the earlier book on this topic), cleaned overprints and a short postal history update.

Treasured Letters - New Zealand Prisoner of War Air Letter Cards 1941-1945 ~ Barry Scott & Robin Startup ~ 2011
Softcover: 146 pages
Weight: 0.8 kg
$55 ($45 for members)

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The Vending & Affixing Machine Coils of New Zealand ~ Stanley Kundin ~ 2009
Hardcover: 148 pages
Weight 0.9 kg
$35 ($25 for members)

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This book is subtitled “A study of the stamps, the machines and some of the personalities involved”. With colour throughout, it describes in detail the Dickie Brown machine, the trials and the Parker vending machine. There are chapters on identifying the different trial coils, the commercial development of the Dickie Brown Vending machine, early machines and vending machine coils. The postage stamps covered range from the first 1d Universals through to the last QEII design issue of 1978. Also covered are the affixing machine coils and the test, dummy and training coils, together with appendices.

Since the tragic fire at his home that claimed both his life and his collection this publication provides the only remaining reference for many irretrievably lost items.

The monograph is a comprehensive coverage of this fascinating aspect of New Zealand philately. At the 11th NZ National Philatelic Literature Exhibition held at Palmerston North, this book was awarded Gold with Felicitations.

The New Zealand Stamp Collector
Softcover: 34 pages
Weight: 0.2 kg
$10 ($8 to members) or 4-for-$30 ($24 to members)

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The Journal of The New Zealand Philatelic Society, published quarterly in March, June, September and December.

Most issues from Volume 75 No 1 (1995) to the present are available but there is a two-year moratorium from the date of publication on sales to non-members. i.e. the March 2020 issue can be purchased by members at any time but cannot be purchased by non-members until March 2022.