This stamp issue, which celebrated Māori performing arts, was withdrawn from sale after consultation with a range of Māori arts and culture communities when concerns about the design and style of the stamps were raised.
Traditional Māori performing arts - kapa haka - is a growing part of Māori culture. Ranging from the haka (war dance) to the more peaceful waiata ā-ringa action songs, using the poi, patu or taiaha, kapa haka affirms Māori identity for those immersed in their cultural roots, and those who wish to return and be a part of these historical performances.
Kapa haka has always been a strong spiritual and cultural part of Māori tradition. Kapa haka is unique as performers sing, dance and coordinate expression and movement into each dance performance. Each action is deliberate and links to the words sung. The strong vocals accompanying the music are unlike those of many cultures. Beautiful harmonies and carefully executed body language combine to produce a clear and vibrant performance.
First Day Cover
The graphics used in this stamp issue to commemorate Māori Performing Arts were presented on this first day cover. All stamps were affixed and the vivid background image exaggerated the active nature of the issue.
The Māori Performing Arts collectables were presented in a presentation pack. It featured the five stamps and first day cover along with information on each of the five stamps and information on the history of kapa haka. The presentation pack was intended to be a great way to collect both stamp products for the issue and understand more about these fantastic performances.
This stamp issue was one of the few issues chosen for 2006 to have a ‘limited edition’ status. Intended to be available to only 2,000 collectors worldwide, this was to be a prestigious New Zealand Post product.
Each limited edition contained a signed gold foiled first day cover, numbered sheet of 20 stamps (made up of four strips of five stamps where each stamp rotates through the strip) and colour separations of the $2.00 haka stamp.
Each limited edition first day cover was hand signed by Morvin T. Simon, an established and renowned tutor of kapa haka. Morvin also wrote the copy for the numbered booklet, which contained detailed information about Māori performing arts, the history and culture.
Withdrawal from Sale
After careful consideration, New Zealand Post decided not to release the Māori Performing Arts stamp issue. This decision followed consultation with a range of Māori arts and culture communities.
Some concerns about the design style of the stamp were raised with New Zealand Post when the business first promoted the stamp issue. Consequently, they sought additional advice and concluded that the stamps would cause offence to some people.
The issue was withdrawn from sale before the issue date and was never sold over-the-counter for postal use. All stock that had been dispatched to PostShops and held in other locations was recalled and destroyed.
In addition to samples kept on file for archival purposes, eight orders to customers were shipped in error. One of the advisers used in the design received some 'product' and 48 blank first day cover envelopes (without stamps) were shipped to customers well in advance of the scheduled release date.
Known to be in Circulation
- 2006 Māori Performing Arts gummed products: 4 x $2.00 single stamp (mint), 9 x first day covers, 6 x sets plate imprint blocks, 3 x complete single stamp sets (mint), 1 x complete single stamp set (used).
- 2006 Māori Performing Arts self-adhesive products: 1 x 45c dispenser box, 2 x 45c single stamp (mint), 1 x 45c single stamp (used), 11 x stamp booklets.
- 3 x presentation packs.
- 48 x blank first day covers.
Product Listing for Māori Performing Arts
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|Date of issue:||7 June 2006|
|Number of stamps:||Five gummed and one 45c self-adhesive stamp|
|Denominations and designs:||45c Poi (gummed and self-adhesive), 90c Taiaha, $1.35 Pukana, $1.50 Patu, $2.00 Haka|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Abel Vaireka, Brownstone Design Group, Petone, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 40mm x 30mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 30mm x 25mm (vertical)|
|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 at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value block and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps were withdrawn from sale prior to the issue date (refer to withdrawal from sale explanation in the issue information).|