StampNews.com is glad to inform that New Zealand Post has prepared for releasing a special commemorative stamp on occasion of the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. This over-sized commemorative stamp is a blend of the old and the new, and combines a coin design by James Berry with contemporary Maori design. The issue is to be released and put into circulation on the 6th of February.
6 February 2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand Post is marking this significant milestone with a commemorative stamp issue. Pre-order yours for 4 February 2015.
The Treaty of Waitangi is a document in Maori and English that intended to found a nation state and build a government in New Zealand. It was signed at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840 by Captain William Hobson, several English residents and around 45 Maori chiefs. By the time the Treaty had been taken around the country for signing, approximately 540 chiefs from around 39 areas of the country had signed. The Treaty consists of nine documents in all – seven on paper and two on parchment.
Different understandings of the Treaty have long been a subject of debate. However, today as Maori and the Crown are finalising the settlements of all major claims, the treaty is being seen in a different light, and is beginning to take on a more mediatory role rather than being a point of grievance.
The central aspect of the stamp design depicts the figures of Tamati Waka Nene and William Hobson, and is based on the Waitangi Crown – a coin minted in 1935. Though the coin was not technically a commemorative coin, it functioned like one and was sold for more than their face value. This coin was struck after the New Zealand Numismatic Society approached the government suggesting a new coin marking the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
On the stamp, Ngapuhi chief Tamati Waka Nene is seen shaking hands with William Hobson, the first governor of New Zealand. They are set against a backdrop of sculptural designs executed by Rangi Kipa, based on his development of two Northland designs of Unahi (fish scale) and Kiri Kiore (Pacific rat). The fish scale design references the value of the abundant sea life that formed a staple part of the diet sustaining the many Maori coastal communities and the Kiri kiore design is a visual metaphor that relates the beauty of the Kiore pelt to that of a finely woven cloak which had great value in Maori society.