Blenpex 2012 is Marlborough's first National Stamp and Postcard Exhibition, and collectors from around New Zealand and the world will visit the stunning Marlborough region to attend.
The exhibition will take place from 12 to 14 October at the Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim. It will be an opportunity for philatelists to display their collections and compete for a range of awards. A 'Gourmet Challenge' will take place as part of the exhibition, in which exhibits will be themed around the culinary nature of the region.
To commemorate Blenpex 2012, New Zealand Post has issued an exhibition miniature sheet and an exhibition souvenir cover. Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku is featured on the collectables, the peak of which can be seen from all over Marlborough and beyond on a clear day. At 2,885 metres it is the highest mountain in New Zealand outside the main ranges of the Southern Alps.
Three stamps from New Zealand's 'Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee' stamp issue are incorporated into the miniature sheet, making it a memorable collectable of both Blenpex 2012 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Date of issue: 12 October 2012
Miniature sheet, first day covers designed by: Stamps Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours plus PMS 877 silver and silver foil
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 11 October 2013