Cancelled set of four gummed stamps.
Individual stamps included in this set
$1.50 Tāwhirinuku, Tāwhirirangi, Tāwhirimātea e
Tāwhirimātea gave his eyes to his father Ranginui (the sky father), as an adornment for his chest at night. At Matariki you can see them shine – signalling the arrival of a new era.
$2.80 Nga mata o Tāwhirimātea
Tāwhirimātea’s eyes, now on Ranginui, guide Tamarereti as he carries those who have passed on in the previous year to join the star cluster of those who lived before them.
$3.60 Te Iwa o Matariki
The nine stars of Matariki – Matariki, Pōhutukawa, Tupu-ā-Nuku, Tupu-ā-Rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Wapuna-ā-Rangi, Hiwa-i-te-Rangi and Ururangi – shine at dawn.
$4.10 Hei kahu mō Ranginui
Ranginui’s cloak of stars celebrates the gift of food, honours those who have passed and welcomes the rising sun – the sign of a new day.
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|Date of issue:||4 May 2022|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations:||$1.50, $2.80, $3.60 & $4.10|
|Designed and illustrated by:||KE Design, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (horizontal)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||150mm x 90mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 3 May 2023. First day covers will remain on sale until 1 July 2022|