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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tokelau 2015
Tokelau Language Week 2015



ISSUE DATE: 13 October 2015
DENOMINATIONS: 5 x 45c, 5 x $1.40
DESIGN (STAMP & FDC): New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
PRINTER: Collectables and Solutions Centre,
New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
PAPER: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
COLOURS: Four process colours
STAMP SIZE: 40mm x 30mm 
PERFORATIONS: 13.33
SHEET LAYOUT: 16



45c - Tahi Te Fala (One pandanus tree)
The pandanus tree is important in Tokelauan culture and is used in many aspects of Tokelauan daily life, such as creating vaka (canoes).

45c - Lua Ia Tuluma (Two tackle boxes)
Traditional tackle boxes are carved from wood and are oval shaped with a fitted lid, which is attached with a cord of plaited coconut fibre. Fishing is an important part of Tokelauan culture, with the fishing communities all using their own methods to catch fish.

45c - Tolu Ia Motu (Three atolls)
Tokelau consists of three atolls (ring shaped coral reefs that protrude from the ocean) - Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo. Each atoll consists of several coral islets, with Nukunonu being the largest but Fakaofo having the highest population.

45c - Fa Ia Olo (Four wickets)
Kilikiti (cricket played island-style) is a popular pastime in Tokelau, with it even becoming a Christmas tradition. Almost entire villages join in in and teams can be divided by boundaries, committees or associations.

45c - Lima Ia Tupa (Five crabs)
Tokelau has ten recorded species of crab scuttling along its shores. Some species are considered a delicacy, while others are fairly inedible to humans and are used as bait for fishing.

$1.40 - Ono Ia Lelefua (Six butterflies)
Tokelau has three recorded species of butterfly - the blue moon, common crow and meadow argus. All three species are attractive to look at and are relatively large.

$1.40 - Fitu Ia Ika (Seven fish)
Tokelau’s waters are home to a truly diverse range of marine life, with more than one hundred recorded species of fish found near the tropical nation.

$1.40 - Valu Ia Ili (Eight fans)
Weaving is a craft that remains popular in Tokelau, with fans being in demand in Tokelau’s tropical weather. The average temperature in Tokelau is around 28 degrees celsius.

$1.40 - Iva Ia Vaka (Nine canoes)
Vaka reflect Tokelau’s communal approach to fishing. Most vaka accommodate five people and are usually made from different trees ‘sewn’ together and held with a cord.

$1.40 - Hefulu Ia Matau (Ten fishhooks)
Matau are fishhooks and are part of just one of the many techniques used to fish in Tokelau. Matau are hand-carved and are usually made from wood.


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