New Zealand Postal Service
Design by Dave Burke Design, Auckland, New Zealand

Matariki 2013 - Koru

The New Zealand Postal Service will issue six new stamps that have postage values of 70c, $1.40, $1.90, $2.40, and $2.90 named "Matariki 2013 - Koru" on the 5th of June 2013. What is Matariki? It is a significant event for the Maori people that signals a change of seasons. It was also a time when the Maori people would come together to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. The future is predicted in the koru patterns which is derived from an unfurling silver fern frond. Each of the six stamps in this issue depicts koru patterns with a part of Maori culture that has significance during the time of Matariki. The table below lists the six stamps with a short description of the koru patterns and the background.

  • 70c Piko - in this stamp the piko is blooming and symbolizes new life, regeneration, growth, strength and peace. The background depicts Tane Mahuta, God of the forest.
  • 70c Manu Tukutuku - in this stamp the koru patterns symbolizes the winds of Tawhirmatea (God of Weather), with a kite riding these winds. In the background the sunrise depicts the first day of Matariki with the sky as Tawhirmatea domain.
  • $1.40 Nguru - the pattern that covers the nguru (flute) in this stamp is made for a series of Koru shapes. In the background is the face of Hine Raukatauri, the Goddess of Flute music.
  • $1.90 Pataka - This stamp design depicts Matariki as a time of abundance. The storehouse is covered in koru and represents that it will be full of food with the upcoming planting season. In the background the God of Kumara and Cultivated Foods is Rongo-ma-Tane.
  • $2.40 Kotiate - around the club is a traditional Maori representation of a hammerhead shark. It symbolizes strength, determination and the unwillingness to yield. The background represents the domain of Tumatauenga.
  • $2.90 Patiki - this stamp symbol represents hospitality with the ocean providing fish. The background represents Tangaroa, the God of the Ocean.

"Matariki 2013 - Koru" stamps can be purchase as set of 6, Souvenir Sheet of 6, Presentation Pack, Sheets of 25, Blocks of 4 or FDC's. The size of the stamps is 40mm x 30mm and the size of the miniature sheet is 150mm x 90mm. Stamp perforation is 13.33 x 13.60 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Southern Color Print Ltd. using the four color offset lithography printing process.

Matariki 2013 - Koru FDC

Matariki 2013 - Koru Souvenir Sheet

Matariki 2013 - Koru Presentation Pack

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