Wellington Regional Stadium (NZ)

Rugby Union

Wellington Regional Stadium (known commercially as Westpac Stadium through naming rights, and colloquially known as The Cake Tin) is a major sporting venue in Wellington, New Zealand. It was built in 1999 and is situated close to major transport facilities. The stadium is a multi-purpose facility, though used mainly for sporting events. It has a total capacity of 34,500, with a large majority of those undercover. Since it opened in 2000, the stadium has played host to many sports including Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, Soccer and even Australian Rules Football. The stadium has a single level of yellow seats surrounding the whole arena with corporate boxes under the stadium roof. It has quality lighting, two video screens and a lot of space under the stands so the venue can host exhibitions and other similar events.

In 2013 St Kilda signed an historic agreement with, the AFL and Wellington City Council, to play in New Zealand on Anzac Day each year from 2013 through 2015. They played for the Simpson-Henderson Trophy.

“Jack” Simpson Kirkpatrick (an Englishman in the Australian Army) and “Dick” Henderson (a New Zealander) were both famous for using a donkey to transport the wounded at Gallipoli.

St Kilda had little success loosing all three matches to Sydney, Brisbane and Carlton. In 2000 and 2001 AFL Exhibition matches had also been played.

On the 25 February 2004 New Zealand and Hong Kong, China, issued a joint set of philatelic products to celebrate the opening of the new Stadium for the Hong Kong Sevens. Each Country issued four stamps with the largest denomination stamp showing Wellington Stadium.

The Banner shows a NZ cover of the stadium, with the minature sheets surrounds showing the stadium and including the $2 stamp of the stadium.

NZ released a Presentation Pack showing the players doing the Haka, a traditional Maori War Dance, at Wellington stadium.

Hong Kong Post also released a set of 4 maximum cards one of which showed Wellington stadium. It was also included in the indicia of the cover.

Between 26 June and 4 July 2004, the Le Salon du Timbre exhibition was held in Paris, France. New Zealand Post commemorated this international philatelic event with a miniature sheet that included two stamps from the 100 years of New Zealand Rugby collection and one stamp from our Rugby Sevens collection, the $2 Wellington Stadium stamp. The exhibition miniature sheet image showed the All Blacks playing France at the Stade de France on the 16th November 2000. This is displayed on a special souvenir cover that featured the Eiffel Tower.

Cricket

Australia and New Zealand jointly hosted the 2015 ICC World Cup. They also played off for the Championship which was won by Australia. Australia Post produced a presentation pack consisting of two minisheets of eight stamps with the venues in the selvedge. One showing the Australian venues and one the New Zealand Venues. The stamps were the two Southern Lights stamps with time lapse photographs taken from Tasmania. A different stamp was used for each country. New Zealand Post produced a set of Peel stamps in a minisheet showing the fourteen teams, represented as a ball with the country colours and their flag.

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

Customised Advertising Labels (CALs)

Customised Advertising Labels (CALs) were designed to give businesses the opportunity to personalise their marketing campaigns, invitations and everyday mail with an image they chose to represent their business identity. The first CAL released was for the 2004 Wellington Arts Festival. They proved popular with collectors and NZ Post. They were very difficult to obtain so NZ Post decided to release a set of the gummed stamps and the booklets at end of the year. Without warning they decided to cease production in 2019.

The Wellington Council produced 4 booklets, one stamp of which showed the Wellington Stadium.

New Zealand CAL (Advertising) Stamps