Kiwi Stamp Circuit

Box 18-337     Glen Innes    Auckland    New Zealand 1743

Newsletter #39

December 2010

‘Stamps of the Games’ Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our recent ‘stamp hunt’. We were amazed how resourceful members were, in finding stamps to represent sports competed for at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. We enjoyed looking through the entries, but did have a chuckle at times, China, Japan and even the USA featured as Commonwealth countries !

The winner was Lydia Williams of Inglewood, who managed to find 15 different sports from 11 different countries. Lydia included 9 stamps not featured on any other entry ~ 35 points.
Runner up was Chris Keery of West Auckland 16 sports,9 countries, 6 unique ~ 31 points.
Ann Bennett of North Shore was placed third 16 sports, 6 countries, 8 unique ~ 30 points.

Winners received either Lighthouse stockbooks, NZPost jigsaw puzzles or ACS catalogues. All entrants received blocks of the KSC Games CALs.

Catalogue Corner

Rennicks Stamps of Australia
The 2010 edition, just released, now includes issues from Australian States as well as the Antarctic Territory members price $36 (plus $2 p&p)

ACS New Zealand Stamp
this is still at the printers ~ expected mid January 2011,
members price $8 (plus $1 p&p)

Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps
members price $46 (plus $2 p&p)
Other Stanley Gibbons catalogues are available on request.

From the Membership Register

It is with personal sadness, that we record the sudden death and loss of Dave Reasbeck. Dave was not only a keen supporter of the Kiwi but a good friend, having recently supervised the rebuilding of our carport and the relaying of our driveway. His enthusiasm for stamp collecting will be missed by his many friends in the clubs he belonged to.We thank him for his support and friendship.

Thanks to our Helpful Members in 2010

Thanks to members for your continued support in 2010, especially to make running the stamp circuit a pleasure for us. We particularly appreciate those who those who make special efforts to

  • pass boxes on to the next member quickly
  • send in advice slips and payments promptly
  • remember to sign in all the right places in circuit books and mailing lists
  • put nice stamps on parcels (instead of using PO labels or courier bags)

Our 120 most helpful members during 2010 will have received their lucky numbers for this year’s Christmas Lotto Draw, to be held on Saturday 25 December.

Winners will have the choice of a Lighthouse stockbook or an ACS 2011 stamp catalogue.

Personal Notes

In March, we made our ‘annual pilgrimage’ to Christchurch, to spend time with family and compete in the Agnes Dick croquet tournament. This year David (and partner) received the Runner Up trophies – this was particularly meaningful as these trophies had been donated by his grandmother, over 30 years ago. Jan has been active on the Auckland scene where she has taken on the role of President for the Auckland Croquet Association.

Our orchids had a quiet year and seemed to follow the national trend of less than half the usual number of blooms. It has been suggested that this is a result of the higher than normal temperatures last summer, which is when the plants decide to flower - or not !

We both took ‘time-out’ for physical renewal, during the year. In August, Jan had a hip replacement, and in October David received a new knee and now feels in danger of becoming the ‘Bionic Man’! Hopefully we will both be back

Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for 2011 to all our Members