NZ Post celebrates Matariki with stamps, coins

June 5, 2013 in Coins, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, New Zealand Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013. Fuseworks Media (

2013 Māori Art - Koru Silver Proof Coin

2013 Māori Art – Koru Silver Proof Coin

2013 Māori Art - Koru Silver Proof Coin

2013 Māori Art – Koru Silver Proof Coin

New Zealand Post is pulling out the stops to celebrate Matariki (the Maori New Year) – with a special stamp and coin issue and some major public events in Auckland and Wellington.

Matariki celebrates the return to the skies of the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades – with Matariki being the Maori name for the brightest star in that group. Matariki is widely acknowledged to signal a change of seasons, and traditionally the manner in which these stars return to the skies (which occurs on 10 June this year) signals how successful the season’s crops will be.

These days Matariki is celebrated around the country – and across the world – with festivals showcasing all aspects of Maori culture, art and entertainment.

New Zealand Post’s head of community engagement, Nicola Airey, says Māori have played a key role in the development of New Zealand Post throughout its 173 year history – and Matariki is a chance to celebrate Maori and their unique culture.

“In Wellington we’re sponsoring the New Zealand Post Kaumatua Kapa Haka, which happens on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of June at Te Papa as part of their Matariki Festival,” Nicola Airey explains.

“The New Zealand Post Kaumatua Kapa Haka is set to be a stunning event, with some of this nation’s most revered Maori entertainers performing waiata and haka. It really looks set to showcase the very best in Kapa Haka, and is on track to be a deeply moving experience, celebrating the richness and depth of Maori culture.”

Aucklanders can also join in the festivities, with the annual New Zealand Post Manu Aute Kite Day on Saturday 20 July.

“It’s the signature event of Auckland Council’s Matariki Festival, which we also sponsor. As well as spectacular kite displays, people can have a go at making their own kites, or take in kapa haka and story-telling events during the day,” Nicola Airey said.

People elsewhere in the country, and the world, haven’t been forgotten – with New Zealand Post issuing a special set of Matariki stamps incorporating one of the most iconic symbols of Maoridom, the koru, alongside aspects of traditional Maori culture that have particular significance during the time of Matariki.

“The koru is derived from the shape of silver fern fronds as they emerge, and that sits nicely with the concept of Matariki as a time of new beginnings, like the Maori New Year.

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