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Newsletter 80 September 2020

  • Stephen says
  • My view of NZ2020 – Andrew McNiven
  • Covid-19
  • Club news
  • National and International Exhibition Reports

Stephen says –

Welcome to this first newsletter of 2020.  Time has really gone quickly, and we are now three-quarters through the year.  I hope you are all well and the virus and lockdown has not had too much effect on you.

First, I must apologise for the delay in getting this newsletter out since our previous one in 2019.  Some of us on Federation got heavily involved with the NZ2020 international exhibition and, the closer the exhibition got, it absorbed a lot of any spare time we had.  With the cancellation of the international part of the exhibition and the early finishing of the re-arranged National exhibition, a lot of wind was taken out of our sails and trying to do all the tidy up afterwards some Federation duties took a back step.  However, we are now back into it.  I am sure things will get back on track now that NZ2020 is behind us and look forward to what we can achieve in the future.

With this newsletter I would like to welcome Andrew McNiven as the new NZPF newsletter editor working closely with the secretary.

Covid 19

To begin with, the virus seemed to be mainly an overseas problem until it hit our shores in March.  Our borders were closed one week before the NZ2020 exhibition.  If the exhibition had been held a week earlier thing may well have been different.

With the subsequent lockdown and travel put on hold suddenly people had a lot of spare time.  Even though I was able to continue working from home, not having to travel to work every day meant I had over an […]

Newsletter 79 September 2019

Stephen says –

Welcome to this second newsletter of 2019, time seems to be going really quickly.

It’s a shame there isn’t a national exhibition in New Zealand this year as I find they are a great place to catch up with fellow collectors with many overseas exhibitors also find our exhibitions an excuse to visit New Zealand.  Many of us around the country are busy putting our energy into preparations for the upcoming NZ2020 international exhibition in Auckland next March.  Once this is event is over I understand a couple of clubs will start planning for half- or full-national exhibitions in the coming years.

Since the previous newsletter I’ve had the opportunity to visit International exhibitions in Singapore and China.  The FIAP exhibition in Singapore was a similar size to that being planned for NZ2020 and it gave me and other New Zealand visitors a chance to review the layout and planning.  There were a few things we hadn’t thought of and also some different ways of doing things we had planned; these will be put in place for NZ2020.  There was a good number of dealers and plenty of visitors at the show – an advantage with Singapore being a major Asian transport hub with tens of 1,000s travelling through each day.

The China FIP exhibition was the largest I have visited with something like 3,500 frames of competition material and another 1,000 frames of display material.  The hall area was huge with well over a 100 postal administration and dealer stands.  The trouble for me was there were few overseas dealers and I couldn’t find much to buy.  What did surprise me was the large number of people looking at the exhibits – especially the Chinese […]

2019 Stamp, Coin and Postcard EXPO, Palmerston North

Another successful Expo was held on Saturday 13 April. A good range of societies in the region had sales tables manned by their members throughout the day and were complemented by dealers in stamps, coins and postcards. This event also incorporated the Annual Philatelic Convention.

The busy bourse of society and dealer tables
Displays from many societies filled 30 frames in the adjoining room alongside the well-patronised cafeteria. Beyond that area in the early afternoon two presentations from the Wellington Philatelic Society were well-attended by interested listeners.

These presentations were by Andrew Sknar a members of the Wellington Society and Hutt Junior Youth Club who spoke on his exhibit ‘From Abacus to Computers’ and Sue Vernall who spoke on her three-frame exhibit ‘Fromology to Philately’ the story of cheese.

The talks were followed by a meeting of representatives of Central Region societies. This allowed societies to comment on the EXPO with ideas for future events and gave one of the Central Region Federation delegates, Paul McTaggart, to provide and update on Federation activities and invite feedback.
All in all another great philatelic day.

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