New Zealand's Health Stamps first appeared in 1929, inspired by Denmark's Christmas Seals issued to raise money for charity; in New Zealand the charity chosen was the Children's Health Camps. These camps were for children with nutritional or minor physical problems and during the depression years of the 20th Century giving holiday relief for families. They have helped thousands of children over the years and are one of New Zealand's longest running social services, although the organisation has now changed its name to Stand Children's Service but still with the same remit to help vulnerable children. Health stamps are still issued and in 2015 their message was about being careful not to get sunburnt - 'Being Sun Smart'
The Health Stamps do not raise as much money as they did in the past (peaking in 1996 at $158,000) however going back in time the subject matter of the next two stamp set was chosen because of the popularity of the previous issues featuring the then Princess Elizabeth
|1965: Campaign for Blood Doners|
|1986: Blood Doner Campaign|
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Health and Welfare - for a healthy option See It On A Postcard