NZ Post has marked the 40th anniversary of the beloved children's book "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy" with a new stamp issue.
The stamps, released on Wednesday, feature the book's original canine characters, including the popular scruffy dog, Hairy Maclary.
Written and illustrated by acclaimed author Dame Lynley Dodd, the book was the first in a series of 34 children's picture books that have sold over two million copies worldwide.
Dame Lynley expressed her delight at having her work featured on stamps and coins, describing it as an "enormous honour."
The 81-year-old Tauranga-based author added that she can't wait to see the stamps in circulation.
Antony Harris, NZ Post's Head of Stamps and Collectables, said it had been an honour to work with Dame Lynley Dodd and share her exceptional Hairy Maclary artwork on New Zealand stamps.
He predicted that the stamps would be one of the most sought-after issues of 2023.
NZ Post Collectables programme manager Lynette Townsend said commemorating the work of local artists and authors would continue to be a key part of NZ Post's official stamp programme.
The stamp release includes a miniature sheet first-day cover, greeting card set, enamel pin, and individual stamps priced from NZD$1.70 to NZD$4.50.
For more information or to order, visit collectables.nzpost.co.nz
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