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Niue Christmas 2017

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We celebrated Christmas in Niue with stamps featuring tropical-inspired Christmas wreaths.

Issue information

Just like New Zealand, Niue celebrates Christmas under a bright summer sun. Not a snowflake to be seen on this sunny tropical island as the villagers and their families gather together to share food and gifts on Christmas day. The main time of celebration in Niue actually comes the week after Christmas. Known as Takai, this is a week of prayer, sporting competitions, dancing and church services. Locals will do up cars in bright colours and drive around the island and hand out sweets to children.

Each stamp had been beautifully illustrated by New Zealand Post designer, Saint Andrew Matautia. The theme was a twist on the traditional Christmas wreath, incorporating tropical flowers, common to the Island.

Product Listing for Niue Christmas 2017

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 30c 'Frangipani' gummed stamp.

The frangipani is a hardy plant that thrives in tropical climates. The most common colouration for this fragrant plant is white with a bright yellow centre. The closer you get to the equator the brighter the colouration, with flowers becoming, bright orange, pink and crimson.

Single Stamp

Single $1.40 'Guava flower' gummed stamp.

Guava trees are a common sight on most tropical islands, their fruit can be eaten raw and is often popular for making drinks, jams and preserves. The flowers of these tasty fruits are usually white or purple in colouration, with five petals and multiple stamen.

Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Hibiscus' gummed stamp.

The colourful hibiscus is a well-recognised symbol for tropical islands worldwide. The bright flowers are often worn in people’s hair, as a necklace or as decorations. This hardy and adaptable plant is able to grow almost anywhere that has a temperate climate.

Single Stamp

Single $4.00 'Papaya flower' gummed stamp.

Papaya is a popular fruit used in many Niuean dishes such as salads and desserts. Papaya is used in the traditional Niuean dish tahiki, it’s made by layering papaya and taro with coconut cream and cooking it. Papaya flowers are very fragrant and differ only slightly in colour from a creamy yellow to a pale orange.

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

Technical information

Date of issue: 6 December 2017
Number of stamps: Four gummed stamps
Denominations: $0.30, $1.40, $2.00, $4.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Saint Andrew Matautia, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 34.55mm x 35mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 12
Perforation gauge: 13.33
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 5 December 2018.