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Maori stamps won’t be issued

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New Zealand Post has withdrawn a series of stamps depicting Maori performing arts amid concerns the stamps are offensive.

New Zealand Post group chief executive John Allen told us that more than one million stamps have been printed at a cost of $190,000.

The five cartoon-style stamps depict Maori in a range of Kapa Haka stances. New Zealand Post says they were meant to celebrate Kapa Haka as an important part of Maori culture and New Zealand identity.

However, feedback from a range of people indicates that the style of the stamp design does not portray Maori performing arts appropriately.

Mr Allen says it will create a stamp issue that celebrates Kapa Haka differently at another point in the future.

Artist Abel Vaireka says he was trying to capture the spirit of Kapa Haka in the design and he is disappointed the issue will not go ahead.

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