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YOU CAN WATCH THIS PRESENTATION IN MUSIC HERE (You have a link on the first slide): http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/sandamichaela-1384912-new-zealand-post-stamps/
There’s no doubt that stamps reflect the full diversity of the lives and achievements as a nation. From landscapes and plants to birdlife, natural wonders, sport, the arts, industry, architecture, famous figures and significant events, New Zealand Post stamps reflect and celebrate some of greatest triumphs.
For the Maori people, the night skies in June/July traditionally have huge significance: they herald the dawn of a new Maori year. The annual appearance of the seven stars of ‘Matariki’ (or the Pleiades constellation) signals a time for renewal, reflection and celebration!
Matariki is a time of new beginnings. It was in this spirit that New Zealand Post chose Matariki, 5 June 2008, to launch the first in a series of annual stamp issues, exploring different aspects of Maori culture and heritage.
The first issue focused on Matariki itself through six key concepts, and was unveiled on Rongomaraeroa, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The latest Matariki stamp issue focused on 'Manu tukutuku' - traditional Maori kites.