Construction of a Nation
New Zealand housing styles inevitably evolved over time in response to environmental and social changes, resulting in the diverse architectural landscape seen in New Zealand neighbourhoods today.The Construction of a Nation stamp issue reflects New Zealand’s humble architectural beginnings, and the five housing styles portrayed are the colonial cottage, the villa, the Californian bungalow, Art Deco and the state house.
70c – Colonial Cottage:These simple houses were the earliest structures and provided just enough space for the necessities of everyday life, with rooms serving multiple purposes. Their exterior forms were simple and resembled traditional cottages in the United Kingdom – square boxes with gable or hip roofs. Their big innovation was the inclusion of a verandah.
$1.40 – Villa:The villa was a far more complex house and was the true vernacular New Zealand style. Villas were built around simple plans, usually with a central hallway joining rooms on either side, and were built using standard components, although differences in form and detail resulted in distinct regional styles across the country.
$1.90 – Californian Bungalow:Following World War I, the Californian bungalow became the new style for modern houses, replacing the villa and reflecting a more relaxed way of life. With low-pitched, wide roofs and casement windows, plus the use of different materials and colours, their appearances were very different from the older villas.
$2.40 – Art Deco:Also known as the ‘Moderne’ style, the Art Deco home reflected new architectural ideas from Europe. Although embellishment was generally unseen on these houses, there were common decorative features typical of the Art Deco style, such as moulded stripes and circles, and often small raised plaques of objects such as ships.
$2.90 – State House:This style of home was a result of a programme from the 1935 Labour Government to enable workers and other lower-paid people to have access to modern, well made houses. Building costs were carefully controlled through the use of a limited number of standard plans and roof forms.
Date of Issue- 5 March 2014,Printer and Process- Southern Colour Print ltd, New Zealand,Colors-4,Stamp size -40x30mm,Paper- Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed,Perforation-14
New Zealand Heart Foundation
New Zealand Post is the major sponsor of the Heart Foundations Heart Week and Go Red for Women Campaign.With every Heart Foundation stamp booklet of 10x70c stamps you buy for RRP$8.00 – you’re donating $1.00 to the Heart Foundation.
Margaret Mahy Stamps
Margaret Mahy (1936 – 2012) is the only author ever to have been appointed an Ordinary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (1993), and she won many of the world’s major prizes for children’s writers. In 2006 she won the highest international award for children’s literature – the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, and is the only New Zealander to have done so. In New Zealand she was awarded the Esther Glen Medal and the New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award multiple times.The five stamps in this issue celebrate five of Margaret Mahy’s popular books, and are a charming tribute to her life and work.
70c – A Lion in the Meadow:A little boy tells his mother repeatedly that there is a \”big, roaring, yellow, whiskery lion in the meadow!\”. His mother doesn\’t believe him, but pretends there is a dragon that will grow large and vanquish the lion. When the ‘made up’ lion rushes inside and a fire-breathing dragon is revealed outside, the mother is chastened and the little boy reproves her. This simple story – Margaret\’s first picture book – also powerfully suggests that imagination is just as important as reality, something that Margaret fervently believed.
$1.40 – A Summery Saturday Morning :Margaret used a real incident – two dogs running from the geese they had just been chasing – to make this story rhyme. The simple verses were perfectly matched by illustrations from Margaret’s fellow Banks Peninsula resident, Selina Young. The sun-bleached hillsides of Lyttelton’s crater rim and the pale blue skies of a Canterbury summer morning were the first depictions in a Mahy picture book of a distinctive New Zealand landscape.
$1.90 – The Word Witch:This magical collection brought together an abundance of Margaret’s verses, written throughout her life. Alongside the pyrotechnical word play of \’Bubble Trouble\’ and \’Downthe Back of the Chair\’ are quiet lyric poems, celebrations of nature’s small wonders, comic dramas, and moments of philosophic reflection.
$2.40 – The Great White Man-Eating Shark:The Great White Man-Eating Shark tells the hilarious story of Norvin the actor, who is plain and shark-like. Resentful of the other swimmers who obstruct his desire to \”shoot through the water like a silver arrow\”, Norvin fashions a dorsal fin and creates merry havoc in the ocean. Our very human faults – envy, selfishness, revenge – are captured with playful language and wry sympathy.
$2.90 – The Changeover:This ‘supernatural romance’ details Laura Chant’s passage from childhood to young adult, from ordinary human to 20th century witch. In Margaret’s hands this suburban fairy story became a thrilling exploration of family relationships, a young girl’s erotic development, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The Changeover’s unique blend of magic and humour, suspense and philosophy won Margaret her second Carnegie Medal in 1984.
The first day covers and miniature sheet feature further illustrations from three of the books celebrated on the stamps – A Lion in the Meadow, The Great White Man-Eating Shark and The Word Witch. They are a beautiful accompaniment to the stamp issue and a lasting memento of Margaret Mahy’s work.