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Some information for you, may not be 100% Accurate.

10/7/67 (July 10 1967 - I use British not American dating systems) Decimal currency introduced.
Postage rates 2nd class (Unsealed letters) 2.5c each, 1st class sealed 3c, Local airmail 4c

2/7/71 - Rates increased to 3c (2nd class), 4c (1st class), 5c (Airmail)
1975 - Rates doubled to 6c (2nd class), 7c (1st class), 8c (Airmail)
1976- Increased to 7c (2cl) 8c (1st class) 10 Airmail.
7/12/77 - 2nd class abolished, 1st class was surface mail between islands. Rates increased to 10c and 12c (Airmail)

31/8/1979 - Further increase to 14cents (Ordinary Mail), 17c (Airmail - Express)

Rapid increases would dominate the later 70s and 80s.

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Postage Rates for local Standard Mail 1980 - 2013

29/9/1980 - Postage rate increased to 20c ordinary Mail and 25c Priority

1/4/1982 - Postage rate increased to 24c and 30c (Ordinary Mail and Priority). By 1982 all inter island mail and mail between cities was now airmail.In June 1982 was a wages and price freeze held for 18 months.

1/7/1985 - Postage rate increased to 25c and 35c (This was a temporary measure as NZ was getting ready to phase out 1c and 2c)

1/5/86 - Just 9 months after the last increase came another leap to 30c (Ordinary Mail) and 45c (Priority mail) which was now next day delivery between cities.

2/2/1987 - Massive increase to 40c (Ordinary Mail) and 60c (Priority). This also included 10c GST imposed on 1/10/1986.

1/4/1987 - Vesting day, The New Zealand Post Office becomes the private company New Zealand Post, postage rates unchanged.

7/6/1988 - Priority rate ended and new service called "Fastpost" is debuted, with a rate increase to 70c per letter. Standardised DLE letter size introduced. Ordinary mail stays at 40c.

1/7/1989 - GST increased to 12.5% but Postage rates unaffected.

1990? Fastpost is lifted to 80c, mainly so its double the cost of a standard letter

1/7/1991 - Postage rate is increased to 45 cents, first increase in 4 years, Fastpost is left at 80cents.

2/10/1995 - Postage rates are actually decreased!!! Standard rate is reduced to 40 cents, Fastpost remains at 90 cents.

6/3/2000 - Fastpost rate climbs to 90 cents, but 80 cents remains rate for "Large letters"

22/3/2004 - Postage rate increase back to 45 cents letter rate and Fastpost remains at 90 cents.

1/6/2007 - Postage rates reach new high of 50 cents for standard letters and an increase to $1.00 for Fastpost. For the first time ever, commemorative and definitive stamps with the new rates are released a few weeks before the increase in rates.

7/9/2009 - First set of 10 "Kiwistamps" are issued. These stamps will always be good for the standard letter rate and eliminate the problem of printing new stamps every time the rate increases. One Kiwistamp is for letters and 2 is the Fastpost rate. Today Kiwistamps that cost 50 cents each in 2009 are still valid for the 70 cent rate today!!!!

4/8/2010 - Postage rates increased further to 60c letter rate and $1.20 Fastpost
This increase is the first without a new letter rate definitive, because of the Kiwistamps. But the Fastpost and higher rates have new definitives. 60c stamps also still appear in commem sets.

1/7/2012 - Another increase to 70c and $1.40. Again no new defs for the 70c, but there was for $1.40.

Hope this info helps, bend and shape it to your needs.

Sources - ACS Catalogue of NZ Stamps 1855 - 2012 and Campbell Paterson Catalogue of NZ stamps.

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And the rate will be increasing to 80 cents with $1.60 Fastpost on July 1st 2014.

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And the rate will be increasing to 80 cents with $1.60 Fastpost on July 1st 2014.
So essentially this is a First Class and Second Class rate?
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We don't use the "class" terms anymore. It is merely Standard mail and Fastpost mail.

Essentially Standard mail is couriered cross city and near centres, or flown between islands. Deliveryt targets are 2 working days across town and 3 - 4 days across country.

Fastpost Mail is priority mail and has a blue sticker and needs to be placed in a slot, it is mostly intended for next day delivery between major cities (Auckland, Wellington, Chch, Hamilton) and 2 day delivery across country except Rural delivery. Tests by Consumer org over the years have shown that 40% of Standard Post arrives after 1 day and 99% after 3 days. It is 87% for Fastpost over 1 day and 97% for two days.

If you want to break it down though - Fastpost mail is treated better and therefore First Class, but 90% of all mail is Standard Post and a lot of commercial mail is at cheaper boxlink rates. Fastpost is hardly used at all.

Of course it is all pointless now with 3 day delivery being rolled out, ensuring next day delivery is a thing of the past, unless you use couriers.

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July 1st 2016

Local Post (3 day week service)
Standard Post - $1.00 per DLE (Small letter 120mm x 210mm)
$1.80 Large letter to A5
$2.80 Extra Large

Fastpost (6 day service - priority)
$1.80 Standard letter
$2.80 Large A5 size

Overseas
$2.20 Global Postcard rate
$2.20 Small Letter Zone A (Australia, Tonga, Samoa, Cooks, Fiji, Vanuatu, Niue and Tokelau)
$2.70 Small letter, rest of world
$3.30 Large letter Zone A
$3.80 Large letter rest of the world

$15.50 Registered mail - A5 size, weight limit 100 grams thickness 1 cm.

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One further note, is that stamps sold in booklets attracted an extra charge between 1979 and 1988. Because of this, the booklets were collectable in both versions.

All of the booklets contained 10 standard rate postage stamps, so a $2 or a $2.20 booklet contained 10 x 20 cent stamps and vice versa.

The reason was that standard booklets sold at face value, were sold at Post Offices Monday to Friday. The other booklets with a 10% surcharge could be sold at dairies (General stores), gas stations, newsagents and even bars could be sold 7 days a week. The 10% was like a convenience charge and may have even included a bonus to the agency.

This was abolished in 1987 when NZ Post a private corporation took over from the old Posts and Telegraphs Department. However it took until late 1988 for all the old stock to be sold off and newer booklets took over. You can tell which is which by look at the logo of NZ Post (Crown on envelope = Pre vesting day, no crown = NZ Post)

The booklets include the $1.40 and $1.54 rate booklets issued in late 1979/1980, $2.00 and $2.20 booklets issued in 1981 and the $2.40 and $2.64 booklets of 1982. In late 1984 the booklet was reissued with a scenic image and these included different covers for the $2.40 and $2.64 versions.

The same happened for $2.50 and $2.75 booklets issued in 1985, $3.00 and $3.30 booklets in 1986 and $4.00 and $4.40 booklets issued on Feb 2 1987. Vesting day took place on April 1 1987 and the same booklets were issued afterwards with the modified logo.

In April 1991, the first self adhesive stamp was issued here, the 40 cent brown definitive of November 1988, except now it was in a sticker form. A box containing 100 on a reel was issued, with warning stickers saying 20 stamps and 5 stamps were left. This box attracted a $2 surcharge, costing $42 for 100 stamps. But booklets of 10 stamps and separate stamps sold at the Post Office had no surcharge.

The self adhesive 45 cent wren stamp was issued in July 1991 in boxes of 100 and some of these cost $47, as there was a $2 charge for the box and format, but booklets of 10 and separate coils sold at the Post office attracted no extra charge. This surcharge disappears by the issue of the 1994 A to B definitive.

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Looking for information on 1980s airmail rates, so what I found here by searching was disappointingly small!

Can anybody point me to 1980s NZ-UK airmail rates, please?
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Rates for Standard letters (All in New Zealand dollars)

Jan 1980 - 35 cents NZ to UK (1978 - 1980)
Dec 1980 - 60 cents
1982 - 70 cents
1985 - 75 cents
Start of 1986 - 85 cents
Late 1986 - $1.00
Feb 2 1987 - $1.30
late 1989 or 1990 - Increased to $1.80

Postcards

1980 - 20 cents
1982 - 30 cents
1986 - 45 cents
1989 - 50 cents

Hope this helps

Generally the top value of NZ commem sets was the Airmail letter rate for Rest of the World including UK.

Exchange rates

1980 - $1 = 65p
1982 - $1 = 55p (Kept high during the "Think Big" era)
March 1984 dollar was floated $1 = 34p
1985 $1 = 30p (Free market reforms kicked in)
1987 $1 = 33p
1989 $1 = 28p

I can remember sending a letter to "Buster" comic in early 1986 and it cost me 85 cents!

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Postal rates update

Local
2014 Local Post 80c
2016 July 1 - $1
2018 July 1 - $1.20
2019 July 1 - $1.30
Large letter 2019 - $2.60

Overseas
Zone A (Australia and selected Pacific Islands)

2014 - $2.00
2016 - $2.20
2018 - $2.40
2019 - $2.60

Postcards and Aerograms
2014 - $2.00
2016 - $2.20
2018 - $2.40
2019 - $2.60

Rest of World Medium Letter and Australia Pacific Large letter
2014 - $2.50
2016 - $2.70
2018 - $3.00
2019 - $3.30

Rest of World Large Letter
2014 - $3.00
2016 - $3.30
2018 - $3.60
2019 - $4.00

Oversized letters
2019 NZ $3.60, Zone A - $4. Rest of World - $6

Registered letter
A5 size, 100 grams - $17.40 (Global)

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Fastpost Rates

(1st class priority service as Glen said a few years ago)
Prices for standard DLE letter

7/6/1988 - 70 cents
2/7/1989 - 80 cents (Increase bought on by GST rate increase and standardised cost, twice as much as standard post)

Remained at 80 cents through to

6/3/2000 - Increase to 90 cents
30/5/2007 - Increase to $1.00
4/8/2010 - Increase to $1.20
1/7/2012 - Increase to $1.40
2/7/2014 - Increase to $1.60
1/7/2016 - Crazy increase to $2.20
1/6/2017 - Increase to $2.30
31/10/2017 - Fastpost was abolished.

The last 15 months, Fastpost was still done daily whilst 3 day delivery was in force, however the savage Price increase in June 2016 was designed to kill the service off and it was retired in late 2017.

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Ahoj princestamps!

Thank you for compiling this information.


3003  NZ reg to CZ.jpg



This is a registered cover to Unhošť in Czechoslovakia. The postmarks are unclear, but it bears a 1977 Christmas stamp, so probably dates from around 1978. It is marked SURFACE MAIL. Can you please confirm that 51c was the correct surface rate to Europe at that time?

Is there a thread on Stampboards for showing New Zealand covers of different rates?

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Note: in July 1977 a 38c registered postal stationery envelope was released by the NZ PO. In October 1977 the registration rate had increased to 45c when uprated reg'd envelopes were issued.

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Ahoj David!

Are those rates you quote for domestic inland registration in NZ or for overseas surface rates to Europe?

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Registration was a flat fee 30c + 8c inland letter rate, and was in addition to any overseas postage rate.

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Ahoj David!

Thank you for that further information, so would 21c be correct for surface rate to Europe + 30c registration?

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Pass!

I doubt that overpayment would have been made by the Post Office!

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Further Updates as our Post Office is adding 10 cent increases annually now!

1/7/2020 - $1.40 local, $2.70 to Australia and Pacific, $3.30 to Rest of World, $4.00 Large to Australia.

1/7/2021 - $1.50 local, $2.80 to Australia and Pacific, $3.60 to Rest of World, $4.10 Large to Australia

$1.50 Includes, all of Continental New Zealand, Stewart Island, Waiheke Island, Auckland Gulf Islands including Great Barrier, Chatham Islands, (Also Kermadecs, Auckland, Campbell, Snares, Bounty etc - but no one lives on those islands!!!)

$2.80 Zone includes all of Ross Dependency, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Niue, Tokelau, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru.
It does NOT include - French Polynesia, Pitcairn Island, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Wallis and Fatuna, American Samoa or Palau, Guam etc. Also does not include any part of Asia.

$3.60 Zone, all of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East and all of Asia including Phillipines, Indonesia, Brunei, Timor Leste, Irian Jaya and Taiwan.

NZ Post just spent $15 million on a pointless rebranding exercise. Last year letter volumes deee - ropped to 295 million down from 440 million in 2019 - some can be blamed on Caromavirus, the rest on declining volumes. In 2001 they had 1.3 billion pieces of mail!

In 1967 a 2nd class letter cost 2.5 cents and 1st class (Sealed) was 3c, today it is $1.50 or 50/60x more yet inflation has only increased 20 times since then!

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19 Jul 2021 15:20

$1.50 Includes, all of Continental New Zealand, Stewart Island, Waiheke Island, Auckland Gulf Islands including Great Barrier, Chatham Islands, (Also Kermadecs, Auckland, Campbell, Snares, Bounty etc - but no one lives on those islands!!!)
There are a few people (scientists and technicians) living on the Kermadecs most of the time. It's a bit like the research station in Antarctica.

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Ahoj again!

If no one can provide surface rates to Europe from NZ around 1978, could anyone provide the air mail rate for comparison?

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on 1 October 1977 NZ changed to the metric system: effective that date, a 10g airmail letter to Europe cost 35c.

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AH0J AGAIN david,





Ahoj again David,

Thank you for your further help. 21c surface v 35c airmail sounds about right + 30c registration.

The cover appears commercial so unlikely to have been augmented, especially as they were going for the cheaper service.

In 1978 would most people be choosing airmail or was surface mail still widely used?

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Back then (i.e. before the internet) my family and l used to write frequently to relatives and friends mainly in England but also to other, mainly European, countries.

We chose airmail for letters and surface mail for parcels. I am certain that many other folks also used airmail but until the 1990’s (l think) when SAL services were introduced surface mail was also used … today there is no surface mail! I almost wrote “today there is no mail service”'!!!!

As mentioned elsewhere our postage rates have increased yet again effective the start of this month! So it may not be too long before there are no domestic letters being posted in NZ. As it is, none appear to be cancelled!

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