nine steps to ruin the philatelic reputation
of the country
You can click on the underlined 'steps' for more information.
Mr Russell Watson (Stamps General
Manager of New Zealand Post) added his point of view to each of the '9
It appears, though, that he didn't follow the instruction
above making his answers at times slightly pointless.
Increase the number of stamp issues beyond reason.
Commemorate every stamp exhibition in the world with
one ore several miniature sheets.
Allow private societies to exclusively sell valid postage
Issue miniature sheets only available in combination
with other items.
Issue stamps for basically uninhabited regions - valid
only in a certain bureau in Christchurch.
Issue stamps with motives that have no relation whatsoever
with New Zealand.
Give away specially designed miniature sheets only to
those who spend a minimum $150/year.
Issue miniature sheets and sell them for 12 times the
Sell Limited Edition stamps issues to not more
than 2000 collectors - for fantasy prices.
everyone who might conceive collecting New Zealand postage stamps! It is
impossible to have a complete collection even of the new issues! This is
unique in the civilized world!
New Zealand Post's only goal is to make as much money in as
little time as possible.
They are in no way interested in sustaining (or regaining) a positive image
amongst serious collectors.
This means: everything is possible for them and we have to look forward
to many new 'great ideas'.
As long as there are postal authorities who at least remember what
a postage stamp was meant for I suggest:
Support them and collect their issues!
I am thinking of countries like
Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Great Britain, Zimbabwe, Czech Republik,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvija, Lithuania,
Spain, Turkey, Malta, Aruba and many more I may not know of.
Mail your thoughts, suggestions or critics to Armin Forker