Welcome to the New Zealand Society of Great Britain

The Society exists for the study of the stamps and postal history of New Zealand and its Dependencies. Although the majority of our members are based in Great Britain, we have a large number of international members.

As well as our journal, The Kiwi, which is published six times a year, we have published several monographs and more are planned. The Kiwi contains articles of both a general and specialised nature together with other useful information on the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. The Kiwi also provides a valuable forum for debate and correspondence between members as does our Discussion Board. The full text of the first 50 volumes and an index of the first 60 volumes can be downloaded here while the full text for more recent years can be downloaded here. The latter is in a password protected folder and Society members can get the username/password by emailing:

new Members who have signed up to get The Kiwi in electronic form can access it here using the user name and password that they have been given.

All aspects of New Zealand philately and stamp collecting are dealt with by our members: from Chalon Heads to modern issues; postal history including air mails; health, Christmas issues, commemoratives, Antarctica and revenues as well as definitive postage stamps. Our members range from general collectors to the top specialists in their field.

Meetings are held in London every two months and, in addition, Regional Groups meet in the North West, the Midlands, the West of England and in Scotland. Information is available here.

new Every two years we have a residential weekend held in different parts of the country. The last residential weekend was in Glasgow on 3rd - 5th October, 2014 and the next will be in Stratford-upon-Avon on 30th September - 2nd October 2016.

new Our aim is to build a major research archive on New Zealand philately. This will include previously published articles, exhibits such as Mrs Purdon illustrated covers and unpublished research by members. Recent examples are a 280 page plating study of the Dunedin Exhibition issue of 1925, a 72 page plating study of the 1933 Health issue and 1931-32 airmail rates.

Members' collecting interests are supported by a thriving packet circuit (available to all UK members), an annual auction and an extensive Library managed in partnership with the National Philatelic Society. The Library Guide and List can be downloaded here. Please note that only members of the Society can bid in the auction.

A site search can be made, e.g. for words in the title of articles in The Kiwi since 1989.


The Society was founded in 1952 and is affiliated to:

Updated: 16 May 2016


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