New Zealand will Release Stamp on Māori New Year

\"\"New Zealand Post marks the start of the Māori New Year with its Matariki 2011 – Hei Matau stamp issue on 1st June 2011 .Meaning ‘fish hook’, matau are traditionally an important aspect of Māori life, providing Māori with the means to catch their kai moana or ‘food from the sea’. Many fishermen had their own ‘lucky’ fish hook, which they would wear around their necks (hei matau) for safekeeping.Hei matau have a strong connection to Tangaroa, god of the sea, and as such the stamp products in this collection feature the common stylised element of the sea. Meaning ‘the fish hook of Māui’, the phrase ‘Te matau o Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga’ has also been incorporated in the design.

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