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First Maori Bible

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In order to commemorate the first printing of the Bible in the Māori language, this special stamp was produced.

Issue information

The provision of a suitable design was entrusted to the Display Section of the Post Office, which chose to depict Bishop Hadfield's personal bible, opened at the book of Deuteronomy and resting on a carved kauri lectern in the Rangiatea Māori Church at Otaki.  The green satin sashes depicted on the stamp were hand embroidered in a pink fuchsia design which in Māori interpretation signifies "opportunity".  The border on the sashes is the hammerhead shark scroll design signifying "prestige".

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 46 in February 1968.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for First Maori Bible

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 3c 'Bible at Rangiatea Māori Church, Otaki' gummed stamp. $0.03c

Technical information

Date of issue: 23 April 1968
Designers: New Zealand Post Office, Wellington
Printers: Thomas De La Rue, England
Stamp size: 28mm x 24.5mm
Sheet size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Delacryl, in five colours
Performance gauge: 13
Paper type: Chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: This stamp remained on sale until 31 December 1968.
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