New Zealand Post will celebrate Matariki (the Māori New Year) with a special stamp and coin issue and some major public events in Auckland and Wellington.
Matariki represents the name in Māori for the brightest star in the Pleiades. This festivity celebrates the return of this group of stars to the sky, occuring on June 10th this years. The manner in which the stars return to the sky signals how good the season’s crops will be. Matariki is celebrated around New Zealand and across the world with festivals of the Māori culture.
There are six stamps in the set – two valued at 70c plus $1.40, $1.90, $2.40 and $2.90 designs. They are available for sale from June 5th.
The third in an annual series, the 1oz silver coin features an unfurling silver fern frond surrounded by artwork representing the domain of Tāne Mahuta, the God of the Forest. A 1oz silver proof coin, which is available for pre-order, will be released in New Zealand Post stores from mid June – 2000 available worldwide.