Every year on the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) day New Zealanders remember the dedicated men and women who have served for New Zealand. The duties that these men and women undertake are crucial to the work of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and are honoured in this special stamp issue. The stamps in this issue highlight six overseas operations in which New Zealand service personnel has shown dedication to achieving peace and security.
The stamps feature:
70c – Afganistan; since 2003 the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) has operated in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan tasked with maintaining security. The NZPRT has also supported the provincial and local government in numerous ways. This 70c stamp shows Kiwi Team One on patrol in north-east Bamyan, 2011.
70c – Timor-Leste; the NZDF supported various security and stabilization operations in Timor-Leste between 1999 and 2012. In all, 4,000 NZDF personnel were deployed, making it New Zealand’s largest deployment since the Korean War. This 70c stamp shows a Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois (International Stabilisation Force) carrying Australian troops in Dili, Timor-Leste, 2008.
$1.40 – Solomon Islands; New Zealand has been contributing to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands since its inception in July 2003. The NZDF’s embrace of its Maori tikanga makes it an effective force on deployment in the Pacific region, and the $1.40 stamp shows members of TG Rata 8 performing a haka to welcome TG Rata 9 in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2009.
$1.90 – Bosnia-Herzegovina; New Zealand's 15-year-long commitment to Bosnia began in 1992, when the Government agreed to contribute military observers to the UN peacekeeping effort. The $1.90 stamp shows an M113A1 of Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles on checkpoint duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2007.
$2.40 – Antarctica; Antarctica is one of the NZDF’s specialist areas of operation, utilizing the right skills and equipment to cope with this challenging environment. The NZDF has been involved in Antarctica for more than 50 years, and the $2.40 stamp shows New Zealand ANZAC class frigate Te Kaha patrolling Antarctic waters, 1999.
$2.90 – Korea; the UN Command Military Armistice Commission was created to supervise the Armistice, signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953. The $2.90 stamp shows the post-armistice Korean headquarters of the 16th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery, on what became known as 'Kiwi Hill', 1953