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Published March 30, 2024 Updated March 30, 2024

Whatever you’re up to, stay safe

Safety advice playing cards by New Zealand Police and the Wellington City Council.

New Zealand Safety Add to Collection

This New Zealand pack appears to be a collaboration between the New Zealand Police and the Wellington City Council, the goal of which is to provide advice for keeping safe in different environments. The clubs offer tips and suggestions on staying safe while drinking; hearts – staying safe at home; spades – staying safe in the city; and diamonds – staying safe on the roads. Each suit displays a single cartoon applicable to the area of concern, with advice beneath. There are two jokers

“Whatever you’re up to, stay safe” safety advice playing cards produced by New Zealand Police and the Wellington City Council “Whatever you’re up to, stay safe” safety advice playing cards produced by New Zealand Police and the Wellington City Council
“Whatever you’re up to, stay safe” safety advice playing cards produced by New Zealand Police and the Wellington City Council

Above: “Whatever you’re up to, stay safe” educational playing cards produced by New Zealand Police and the Wellington City Council.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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