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FROM

THE

HARVEY

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.


TAG E

THE

A( H

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.

Tiny

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.

towards

Je a n

shaping New Zealand.

Bat ten.

As a young woman,

Jean Ballen stunned the world with her daring flights. As the years went by,

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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.

Richard

Pea r se.

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fact, beat them to the air in his home-built

COLLECTORS NOTES

flying machine. Kat her i n e

She p par d .

Perhaps

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.

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THE ISSUE

Ka/herine Sheppard

Grace Neill

Richard PeaNe

Peter Buck

Bemard Freybe'IJ

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TOKElAU

ART

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.

THE ISSUES

MEN'S

WOMEN'S ART

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.


NEW

ZEALAND

SCE N E R Y

13 Junr 1990.

In this,

01 the

the sesquicentennial year of New

Zealand, it is significant that three of our

Harbour

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-

which

have

land and France, the team was unbeaten.

great sporting

He gained great lame as a lullback and was a

been

lor

over

hall a century

synonymous

with

master 01 the "torpedo" kick, taught to him

achievements.

by an American Mormon Elder at the Maori

In this Health issue, we pay tribute to these star performers in rugby and athletics.

Ja

c k L

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vel

0

c k

(80c

Agricultural College he attended.

THE HISTORY

+ 5c lor

Children's Health)

OF HEALTH

In 1935 Lovelock won the first Mile 01 the Century race at Prince-

STAMPS

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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

Oxlord-Cambridge.

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

cial Surgery.

families under stress.

G e

0

r g e

N e pia

(40c

+ 5c lor

Artist Terry Crilley has also deSigned a

Children's Health)

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

Lovclock,

ilt

NEW ZEALAND ¡1990

The famous Nrpja kick.

the finish of a race.

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F T S AND

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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

between

October

1988

and

September 1989.

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

and's own

of the Games. The 1990 Commonwealth

records.

ever.

More

competitors

tally exceeded all previous

The pack includes all eight stamps of

Games have been described as the most spectacular

m~dal

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


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FOR

COLLECTORS

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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

remittance.

COMMEMORATE

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


HER

TAG E

THE

M A 0 R

24 August 1990.

T he sixth

issue in the Heritage series is

Kahu -

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-

THE PEOPLE

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

Waiata/song (65c)

descendants ventured down to the islands of

Chant-like song played a large part in

New Zealand.

daily life from the cradle to the grave: oriori, a lullaby; pao, a derisive song and dance for

THE DESIGNS Ranginui

raua

Ko

entertainment; tuki waka, a chant for canoe

Papatua-

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,

could live.

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.

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Ihu waka I War canoe prow

The dance was composed and performed on

($1.00)

many occasions - some by women only.

This prow of a war canoe was chosen for its

ARTIST'S QUOTE

intricate detail and finess achieved by using

Designer Ken

crude tools. Notice the lace-like patterns

Hall describes

this

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;

($1.50)

design . .. a unique and integral part of New

Made famous around the world by New

Zealand's heritage."

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.

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Ranginui raua ko Papatuanukul The legend of Ransi and Papa

Kahu-huruhurolMaori feather cloak

lUrI;al,,/song

Moko/Maori tattoo

Waiata/sons

Haka/Maori Mer dance

Ihu ...kal...r canoe prow 11


CELEBRATING ANN I V E RSA R Y 0 ADHESIVE

H

1 5 0 T H

IRST

H

POSTAGE

OFFICIAL

STAMP

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-

is commemorating

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-

O'

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

Chalon.

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

5 April1S9S.

prepayment, although a prepaid envelope was also to be available.

COLLECTORS NOTES

Complex and expensive postage rates were to be replaced by a Oat rate of one

In

penny for letters weighing up to half an

using engraved plates for the early stamps,

ounce.

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

method.

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.

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ANGELS

( H R

FOR 12

S T MAS

September 1990.

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)

ANGELS

THE ARTIST'S

OF OLD

STYLE

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.

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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

water

colour

painting.

It also

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

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some 65,000 stamp collectors, both in

1989.) Round Kiwi,

New Zealand and overseas.

1988 Definitive

Articles may be extracted for re-

Birds, Heritage:

printing without further permission. Ac-

" The Land, Whales, Wild Flowers,

knowledgement to "Focus" would be

""lIs

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1988 and September

appreciated.

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


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RECOMMENDED

a highly sought after collectors piece. A strictly limited number of 10,000 copies will

READING

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

more thorough?

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-

reproductions,

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

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