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Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Māori Language Week

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Te reo Māori is an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Since 1975, New Zealand has celebrated an annual Māori Language Week, with seven days focused on its revitalisation.

Issue information

The Māori Language Commission and other advocates encourage daily use of Māori words, and many have become common among all Kiwis. Alongside other words and phrases, aroha, whānau, tāne and wahine are well used across Aotearoa.

Miniature sheets and first day covers

Dave Burke's vibrant and detailed Māori designs were showcased on this issue's miniature sheet and first day covers.

Presentation pack

This year we celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with four beautifully illustrated Māori words – aroha, whānau, tāne, wahine. You could explore the interconnected meaning and strength of these words, and their importance in Māori culture and life in Aotearoa New Zealand today with this presentation pack, with commentary by kaumātua Luke Crawford QSM.

Product listing for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Image Title Description Price
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori single $1.40 gummed stamp | NZ Post Collectables Single Stamp

Single $1.40 'Aroha' gummed stamp.

Love, affection, respect, compassion, empathy. Aroha is best understood when it is broken down into its component parts, ARO - ‘take notice of ’ and HĀ - ‘ones essence or breathing’.

$1.40
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori single $2.70 gummed stamp | NZ Post Collectables Single Stamp

Single $2.70 'Whānau' gummed stamp.

Family, to give birth to. ‘Ko au, ko te whānau, ko te hapū, ko te iwi - Me, my family, my relations, my people.’ Whānau sits at the heart of Māori communities.

$2.70
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori single $3.50 gummed stamp | NZ Post Collectables Single Stamp

Single $3.50 'Tāne' gummed stamp.

Male, man, husband. ‘E moe ki te tāne ringa raupa – Marry a man with calloused hands.’ This whakataukī (proverb) suggests a desirable attribute for prospective husbands.

$3.50
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori single $4.00 gummed stamp | NZ Post Collectables Single Stamp

Single $4.00 'Wahine' gummed stamp.

Female, woman, wife. ‘Mā te wahine, mā te whēnua, ngaro ai te tangata - For a woman, for land, man will give his life’ is a much spoken whakataukī.

$4.00
Te WIki o te Reo Māori gummed miniature sheet | NZ Post Collectables Miniature Sheet

Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet.

$11.60
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori first day cover | NZ Post Collectables First Day Cover

First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.

$12.10
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori miniature sheet first day cover | NZ Post Collectables Miniature Sheet First Day Cover

First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.

$12.10
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori presentation pack | NZ Post Collectables Presentation Pack

This year we celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with four beautifully illustrated Māori words – aroha, whānau, tāne, wahine. You could explore the interconnected meaning and strength of these words, and their importance in Māori culture and life in Aotearoa New Zealand today with this presentation pack, with commentary by kaumātua Luke Crawford QSM.

$29.90

Technical information

Date of issue: 2 September 2020
Number of stamps: Four gummed stamps
Denominations: $1.40, $2.70, $3.50, $4.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Dave Burke, Tauranga, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 46mm x 35mm (horizontal)
Miniature sheet size and format: 108mm x 90mm (horizontal)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14.286 x 13.895
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in A and B formats.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 1 September 2021. First day covers remained on sale until 28 October 2020.