Take a journey forward to the future and back to the past – to ‘Matariki’, the dawn of a new Māori year, and to ‘manu tukutuku’, a symbol of Māori culture that has soared through the skies of history.
As New Zealanders around the country join Māori in welcoming Matariki, we proudly mark the occasion with a unique stamp collection focused on manu tukutuku (traditional Māori kites). Authentic emblems of Māori cultural practice, these kites are also rich in cultural significance and an integral part of Māori folklore and rituals. Traditionally manu tukutuku were produced and flown at the time of Matariki. Today, only seven specimens remain of manu tukutuku, dating 19th and early 20th century. They are indeed precious taonga (treasures) and worthy of our admiration and respect.
In this issue we presented four beautiful stamps, two first day covers, a miniature sheet, a presentation pack and – most significantly of all – a prestigious and highly sought-after Limited Edition, which provided fascinating insights into the creation and use of this ancient Māori craft form.
New Zealand Post wishes to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this special stamp release which celebrated Matariki 2010.
- Auckland Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira
- Bob Maysmor - New Zealand’s foremost authority on manu tukutuku
- Veranoa Hetet - Traditional and contemporary Māori weaver
- Len Hetet - Stamp and product designer
- Doug Hauraki - Te reo translator
- Garry Nicholas - Toi Māori Aotearoa.
Product Listing for 2010 Matariki - Manu Tukutuku
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|Date of issue:||9 June 2010|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Miniature sheet:||One sheet with four stamps|
|Denominations:||50c, $1.00, $1.80, $2.30|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Len Hetet, Whakatane, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (two vertical, two horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing five stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until close of business 8 June 2011.|