We celebrated the Christmas-themed artwork of Niue’s youth with the 2016 Niue Christmas stamp issue.
Niue’s Christmas 2016 stamp issue was the result of a stamp design competition held by Niue’s primary and secondary schools. Students were asked to design a stamp based on the theme ‘What does Christmas mean to you'? The results were vibrant and eye-catching - with four winners selected from a range of age groups.
From a colourful Niuean pele pele or golden grouper fish (by Bailey Pasisi) to enjoying a feast on Christmas Day (Bentley Poihega), a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift (Iva Tanevesi) and a family decorating the tree (Flornie R Malinao), its clear that Christmas means may different things to the youth of Niue.
Accompanying the four stamps were a miniature sheet and two first day covers that beautifully complemented the stamps.
Product Listing for Niue Christmas 2016 - Stamp Design Competition
Single 30c 'Bailey Pasisi, 7 years' gummed stamp.
Bailey’s vibrant drawing depicts a Pele Pele (golden grouper fish), which is found in Niue’s waters.
Single $1.40 'Bentley Poihenga, 10 years' gummed stamp.
Bentley’s detailed illustration shows his family coming together to have a Christmas feast.
Single $2.00 'Iva Tanevesi, 13 years' gummed stamp.
Iva’s festive design symbolises families and friends giving and receiving gifts.
Single $4.00 'Flornie R Malinao, 16 years' gummed stamp.
Flornie’s illustration is about sharing Christmas day with the people you love.
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet.||$7.70|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Date of issue:||7 December 2016|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations and designs:||$0.30, $1.40, $2.00, $4.00|
|Stamps designed by:||30c - Bailey Pasisi, $1.40 - Bentley Poihega, $2.00 - Iva Tanevesi, $4.00 - Flornie R Malinao|
|Miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand; first day cover illustrations designed by FreePik|
|Printer and process:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||34.55mm 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|
|Special blocks:||Plate and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 6 December 2017.|