Discover more about life atop an extinct volcanic peak. Settled about 1,000 years ago, these low-lying coral atolls are home to around 1,500 people who inhabit its limited 12 square kilometres of land. With rising sea levels a pertinent problem for these islands, seawalls serve as a frontline defence against erosion and inundation.
What is life like atop an extinct marine volcano? One of the most remote countries in the world, Tokelau has been populated for more than 1,000 years. And this latest issue from Tokelau offered a glimpse into one of the realities of life on these low-lying coral atolls. Nukunonu, Atafu and Fakaofo all sit atop extinct volcanic peaks, barely five metres above sea level. This unique island nation is at the frontlines of climate change, facing drought, tsunamis, cyclones and rising sea levels.
Seawalls, erected to prevent erosion and in defense of shoreline dwellings, are built by locals using a variety of methods. Tokelau’s rising vulnerability to natural disasters is already evident with increased coastal erosion, storm surges and inundation as the sea level rises. Villages continue to carry out work for coastal protection by way of seawall construction and maintenance.
The striking images for this stamp issue were taken by New Zealand Post's Stamps and Coins designer, Saint Andrew Matautia.
Product Listing for Seawalls of Tokelau
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|Date of issue:||2 May 2018|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||45c, $1.40, $2.00 & $3.00|
|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:||30mm x 40mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|Special blocks:||Plate blocks and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 1 May 2019.|