Tokelau’s population of approximately 1,400 relies entirely on shipping for the transport of passengers and goods, as there are no flights to and from the atolls.
This nautically inspired stamp issue celebrated Tokelau’s ferry MV Mataliki, which set off from Apia, Samoa on 3 February 2016 on its first journey to Tokelau.
Mataliki was specifically designed with a focus on passenger transport, and a greater number of proper berths were established. The ship provides more comfort during the 24-hour journey than previous vessels, with larger seats and sleeping areas. As well as having a cargo deck, the design of the ferry included a sick room for medical evacuations between hospitals, and mounted solar panels to help reduce power consumption.
A Closer Look at MV Mataliki
Alongside the set of four stamps in this issue there are a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. Resembling a blueprint, the miniature sheet first day cover delves into MV Mataliki’s technical specifications. The first day cover focuses on the lengthy round trip that Mataliki takes from Apia, Samoa to Tokelau’s three atolls.
Product Listing for MV Mataliki Tokelau 2016
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|Date of issue:||3 August 2016|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Hannah Stancliffe-White, New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand.|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||34.55 x 35mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||12|
|Perforation gauge:||14.28 x 14.47|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 2 August 2017.|