DES K 0 F PAR K E R
MANAGING DIRECTOR NEW ZEALAND POST LTD
Dear stamp enthusiast With this new year - and in fact a whole new decade - it is appropriate that we give 'Focus' a fresh new look for 1990. In this issue of what has become a hand-book for the New Zealand stamp col1ector, not only have we revamped the format, we have also redesigned 'Focus' to incorporate more detailed graphics and more extensive information. We are working hard to make 'Focus' more interesting to the many different types of people who collect stamps. One way to introduce different perspectives is to incorporate into 'Focus' a guest editorial column. From the next edition onwards we shall invite people with a special interest in philately to share their views and experiences with you. Throughout these pages you will also have a preview of what we have scheduled for the remainder of 1990, of particular note on this 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi is the 'Heritage - The Maori' issue. We also have a special surprise to commemorate the I 50th year of the first official adhesive postage stamp. I hope you enjoy this new issue of 'Focus' with all its exciting reading. Yours sincerely
Harvey Parker, Managing Director, New Zealand Post Ltd.
EVE R S
16 May 1990.
Pet e r B u c k .
A great scholar and
keen sportsman, he was a dedicated scientist and courageous soldier. He went on to deve-
lop a career in politics, reaching the rank of Cabinet Minister in 1909. G r ace
N e i 11 .
The New Zealand
health and hospital system owes a great deal to this woman. She initiated the registration of nurses in a move which resulted in raised
standards and greater control of health care throughout the country.
New Zealand can be proud of many of its
B ern a r d
sons and daughters. Some, however stand
F r e y b erg.
Freyberg's many acts of bravery dUring
out for their vision, courage and dedica-
World War I earned him many medals includ-
tion to see their dreams and ambitions
ing the Victoria Cross. In World War 11
through to the biller end.
he led the New Zealand Division in the
In this issue, we salute six such indi-
Middle East and went on to become Gover-
viduals, each selected for their outstanding achievements and contribution
nor-General 01 New Zealand in 1946.
Je a n
shaping New Zealand.
As a young woman,
Jean Ballen stunned the world with her daring flights. As the years went by,
she went on to break many
THE ACHIEVERS A gifted man
records and astound the
with a dream to fly. It is rumoured that this
world with her brave feats.
Pea r se.
contemporary of the Wright brothers did in IIIIIIII11111111111
fact, beat them to the air in his home-built
flying machine. Kat her i n e
She p par d .
Series designed by Elspeth WiIliamson.
one of our most successful feminist cam-
Issued 16 May 1990. Printed by Leigh-
paigners of all time. It was the dedication
Mardon Pty, Australia, by lithography.
and influence of this woman which saw
Stamp size 40mm x 28mm horizontal. Will be on sale at most Post Shops until
New Zealand lead the world in awarding equal voting rights to women.
12 June 1990 unless sold out earlier.
These two issues depict the people of
of 5c, 20c, 40c, 60c, 80c and $1.00. They
Tokelau at work, creating handicrafts from
will remain on sale until 1 August 1990.
the natural materials around them.
HANDICRAFTS Depicting local men's handicrafts, this next issue of Tokelau stamps will be released on 1 August 1990. Details are yet to be finalised.
These stamps will be issued on 2 May t 990 and will be available in denominations
Note: Tokelau stamps are not valid for postage within or from New Zealand.
SCE N E R Y
13 Junr 1990.
the sesquicentennial year of New
Zealand, it is significant that three of our
major cities and a famous small town , - - - - - - - - - - - ,
also celebrate their 150th anniversary. In the 1990 Scenic issue, artist Lindy Fisher has captured the essence of these places: Akaroa, Auckland, Wanganui and Wellington.
THE ISSUE Akar0 a
Today the population of this
French-settled little town is not much greater than at its high point of 250 last century. In 1838 a whaler from Havre negotiated buy this land for a French settlement. On August 17 1840, 63 French settlers arrived, complete with their walnut and chestnut trees - despite
the fact that British sovereignty had declared over the whole of the South Island. A u c k I and
Imagine sprawling kumara
resulted in the loss of his own head!
fields, small villages and a heavily fortified pa
In 1840 Edward Wakefield purchased
on the site where a quarter of New Zealand's
16,000 hectares near Wanganui and named
three million people now live.
his settlement Petre. Soon after, a band of
The site of Auckland was bought from
13 settlers arrived from Wellington and a few
the Ngati Whatua to become the country's
years later successfully had the settlement's
capital. By the late 1840s, officials, traders
former name of Wanganui restored.
and workmen had flocked to the site to help
We I I i n g ton
build the town and in 1842 the first two
pean settlers arrived in Wellington in 1840,
When the first Euro-
British immigrant ships had arrived.
they struck miserable conditions. They soon
Wan g a n u i
A man by the name of
shifted to the Lambton side of the harbour,
Joe Rowe was amongst the first Europeans to
where Wellington City has grown. In 1865 it
settle in the area. A whaler, and dealer in
replaced Auckland as the Capital City of
preserved Maori heads, his visit in 1831
New Zealand. 6
N G HEROES
S P 0 RT
15 July 1990.
George Nepia and Jack Lovelock. Names
During 30 games played against Britain, Ire-
land and France, the team was unbeaten.
He gained great lame as a lullback and was a
hall a century
master 01 the "torpedo" kick, taught to him
by an American Mormon Elder at the Maori
In this Health issue, we pay tribute to these star performers in rugby and athletics.
c k L
Agricultural College he attended.
+ 5c lor
In 1935 Lovelock won the first Mile 01 the Century race at Prince-
DUring the 1920s the
first 01 many health camps
ton USA. He
lor sickly children was opened
was a Rhodes Scholar representing
near Wanganui. Until 1929 these camps
were run voluntarily. In the late 20s a Danish
The highlight of his career was winning
immigrant suggested a scheme similar to that
the 1500 metres at the Berlin Olympic Games
01 Christmas seals in her Danish homeland,
in 1936. He also set world records over a
Health stamps were born, and like the two
mile, three-quarter mile and 1500 metres.
on this page, part 01 the cost went to paying lor postage and part towards children's
He served as a doctor with the Royal
health camps in New Zealand.
Medical Corps during World War 11 and later
Today these camps are equally impor-
settled in the United States where he worked at the Manhattan Hospital lor Spe-
tant in providing reliel and support lor those
families under stress.
r g e
N e pia
+ 5c lor
Artist Terry Crilley has also deSigned a
miniature sheet which features two of each
Nepia was a member 01 the unlorgettable
stamp on a New Zealand flag backdrop.
1924 All Blacks team - ''The Invincibles".
A first day cover will also be available.
NEW ZEALAND -1990
NEW ZEALAND Âˇ1990
The famous Nrpja kick.
the finish of a race.
S P EC
F T S AND
COL l E (
A COLLECTION TO TREASURE Whether you're shopping for yourself or a fellow enthusiast, the 1989 New Zealand Stamp Pack is one to treasure. Priced at just $28.50 the pack includes the 37 special and commemorative stamps released
ENJOY THIS PREMIER SOUVENIR . NOW AND FOREVER The 1990 XIVth Commonwealth Games
attended than ever before, and New Zeal-
Stamp Pack has become a premier souvenir
of the Games. The 1990 Commonwealth
tally exceeded all previous
The pack includes all eight stamps of
Games have been described as the most spectacular
the Commonwealth Games issue (featured in the September 1989 issue of Focus on New Zealand Stamps'). Along with high quality colour illustrations, the stamp pack includes concise infonnation about the Games' history, the second-time host city of Auckland, the origins of the 1990 Games logo and mascot Goldie the Kiwi, and New Zealand's past medal tallies in the sports depicted. Limited stocks of this pack are still available. If you don't yet have one, use the order fonn in Focus to secure your copy now. 8
DELIGHT FARAWAY FRIENDS WITH THE NEW ZEALAND STAMP COLLECTION 1989
A very special year for New Zealand stamp issues is recorded for you in The New Zealand Stamp Collection 1989. All nine New Zealand stamp issues of the 1989 calendar year are brought together in a high quality, 44 page full colour album. The stamp issues included are Wild Flowers, New Zealand Authors, the $10.00 Definitive issue (The Little-Spotted Kiwi), two Heritage issues, (The People and The Sea), Scenic (Native Trees), Health (Royalty), Christmas, the XIVth Commonwealth Games and the miniature sheets released
to be mounted in the album pages. Priced at $53 the 1989 New Zealand
with the Scenic and Health issues. Each album in this limited edition is
Stamp Collection is selling quickly. Simply
bound in a gold-blocked burgundy cover
fill in the Special Products order form con-
with a matching slip-case. A resealable dust
tained in this issue of "Focus" and post it to
cover contains a certificate of authenticity, a
the Philatelic Bureau together with your
gift card and a sheet holding the 40 stamps
990 IN STYLE ThiS commemorative poster ce1ebrates 1990 with a selection of colourful, fascinating stamps which in themselves cap-
ture some of the many special moments,
history, and changing aspects of New Zealand over the last 150 years. (Actual size, 420mm x 594mm.) See page 14 for more
collectibles and gifts. 9
M A 0 R
24 August 1990.
T he sixth
issue in the Heritage series is
Heritage: The Maori. It honours the tangata
huruhuru I Maori
feather cloak (50c)
whenua (people of the land).
A fine cloak of pigeon, tui
and kaka feathers made by weav-
ing a shaped blanket of Aax fi-
Maori and Polynesian ancestors are
bres, with a cover of feathers
thought to have sailed from the West,
tied into the weave.
setlling in the Pacific Islands of Fiji,
These garments were often
Tonga and Samoa from around 1500
used on ceremonial occasions
BC. However, it wasn't until 800 AD
and for gift exchanges.
that some of the more adventurous
descendants ventured down to the islands of
Chant-like song played a large part in
daily life from the cradle to the grave: oriori, a lullaby; pao, a derisive song and dance for
THE DESIGNS Ranginui
entertainment; tuki waka, a chant for canoe
paddlers to keep time; apakma, a lament
nukul The legend of Rangi
sung in mourning.
and Papa (40c)
The women shown singing in this stamp
Rangi the sky father and Papa the earth
are clothed in various styles of traditional
mother in their primal embrace. The sons of
dress from the mid-19th century.
these first parents separated earth and sky to
Moko/Maori tattoo (80c)
bring about the world of light, in which we
Traditionally soot and water pigment,
the Moko is tatloed into the skin with an adze-like blade of bone tapped with a mallet. It conveys information about the wearer's identity and ancestry.
Ihu waka I War canoe prow
The dance was composed and performed on
many occasions - some by women only.
This prow of a war canoe was chosen for its
intricate detail and finess achieved by using
crude tools. Notice the lace-like patterns
assignment as one of the most challenging he
these craftsmen have achieved.
has ever undertaken. "One of my main aims in creating these stamps has been to show
Haka/Maori war dance
the impact and beauty of authentic Maor;
design . .. a unique and integral part of New
Made famous around the world by New
Zealand's All Blacks, the Haka can express a
A first day cover, also by Ken Hall, will be available.
range of emotions ranging from joy to grief.
THE ISSUE 1/........
Ranginui raua ko Papatuanukul The legend of Ransi and Papa
Kahu-huruhurolMaori feather cloak
Haka/Maori Mer dance
Ihu ...kal...r canoe prow 11
CELEBRATING ANN I V E RSA R Y 0 ADHESIVE
1 5 0 T H
19 August 1990.
When philatelists from around the world
even after the new envelopes and stamps
visit Auckland for the New Zealand 1990
were issued, as use of the adhesive postage
World Stamp Exhibition in August, they'll
stamp was not compulsory until IS 53. The one penny postage stamp, now the
also see how this country"'k/==
famous Penny Black, was made avail-
able for public sale on 1 May IS40.
the 150th year of the first official
However, they were not available for postage until 6 May. In New Zealand, the first official adhe-
sive postage stamps were not issued until
postage stamp. Initiated
IS 55. This first stamp showed a full face
by the famous Rowland Hill,
portrait of Queen Victoria taken from a
major reform of the British
Coronation portrait by Alfred Edward
postal delivery service became
effective in IS40.
However, in later years, New Zealand
Instead of recipients paying
was to be one of the first countries to
for mail addressed to them, post-
issue scenic stamps. Leading the way for
age was now to be prepaid by the sender. An
thematic collectors, these were released on
adhesive stamp was to be the receipt for
prepayment, although a prepaid envelope was also to be available.
Complex and expensive postage rates were to be replaced by a Oat rate of one
penny for letters weighing up to half an
using engraved plates for the early stamps,
the stamp issue which will be released by
keeping with the printing practice of
New Zealand Post to commemorate the
Uniform Penny Postage was introduced in Great Britain on 10 January IS40, how-
150th Anniversary of the Adhesive Postage
ever, the adhesive postage stamps and spe-
Stamp, will be printed by the intaglio recess
cial envelopes were not ready. Handstamps
were therefore used by some three hundred
Issue date 29 August 1990. Further
towns, some of which continued to use these
details will not be released until July 1990.
( H R
S T MAS
Angels play an important role in the
Even before the scriptures were written,
angels played a big part in religion. Their
religious Christmas celebrations. It was an
presence transcends all religious beliefs and
angel who delivered the most famous and
they are prominent in Hinduism, Buddhism,
probably the most repeated message since
Taoism and Islam.
the first announcement.
The angel image has been sculpted,
"For behold I bring good tidings of
modelled, drawn and painted by the world's
great joy which shall be to all people. For
most famous artists: Botticelli, Raphael, da
unto you is born this day in the city of David
Vinci and William Blake were all fascinated
a saviour which is Christ the Lord."
by the image of the angel.
(Luke 2: 10,11)
Only three angels are mentioned by name
Artist Sally Simons of Mangaweka has
in the Bible. Arch-angel Michael, Gabriel
departed from the usual brilliant white for
with his trumpet, and Lucifer, the fallen
her angels. Rather, she has clothed them in
angel who sinned against God.
robes of green, gold, mauve, blue and white.
F T S
( 0 L L E ( T
COMMEMORATE OUR SESQUICENTENNIAL YEAR
This pack looks back at the people who shaped our nation. Together with interesting narrative, it
contains the six stamps from the Heritage:
The People issue of 17 May 1989 and the miniature sheet, issued on 17 January 1990,
featuring the historic Treaty-signing scene
as depicted by Len Mitchell in his well known
includes the unique $1 Kiwi round stamp. This pack makes an ideal gift and a very special t 990 souvenir.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS "Focus" is prepared at New Zealand Post Headquarters, Wellington, and published in April and September each year. Each issue is distributed free to
some 65,000 stamp collectors, both in
1989.) Round Kiwi,
New Zealand and overseas.
Articles may be extracted for re-
printing without further permission. Ac-
" The Land, Whales, Wild Flowers,
knowledgement to "Focus" would be
1988 and September
Authors, Kiwi ($10),
NOTE: Some of the stamps illus-
Heritage: The People, Scenic (2 Covers),
trated in this publication are taken from
Health (Royalty), and Christmas.
proofs and original artwork and will be subject to minor alterations. 14
a highly sought after collectors piece. A strictly limited number of 10,000 copies will
be available for distribution world wide. 52
eed more information to
glorious colour pages tell the story of the six
collecting more meaningful,
Heritage issues released
between 5 October
The Royal Philatelic Society of
1988 and 24 August
New Zealand has studies of New
1990. Containing full
Zealand stamps and postal his-
tory available. For a list of the
illustrations and detailed
full range of publications,
descriptions of each issue,
write to the Society at PO
the album is a true collec-
Box 1269, Wellington.
tor's piece. Covered in luxurious woven cloth with a gold blocked spine, this is not an
opportunity to be missed.
The historic New Zealand Heritage Stamp Collection
To reserve your copy now, use the spe-
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cial order form included in this mailing.
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