Monday, June 20, 2016

New Zealand 2016 - Road to Rio

ISSUE DATE: 6 July 2016
STAMP SIZE: 42 x 30.27 mm (horizontal parallelogram)
STAMP DESIGN: Jonathan Gray

Athletes from around the world will unite (on 5-21 August) at the 28th Summer Olympic Games to compete in 42 different sports, contested at 32 competition venues, spread across four regions of Rio. Since the inception of the first Olympic Games in 1896, our Kiwi athletes have inspired generations, winning a total of 103 medals - 43 gold, 19 silver and 41 bronze.

"Be the Inspiration" is the theme of New Zealand’s 2016 Olympic Games campaign. It tells the story of how we as a nation support and inspire our athletes as they prepare to pull on the iconic black singlet - which has been worn with pride by generations before them - and in so doing, inspire us.

The journey to Rio is symbolised by a long ribbon that weaves its way throughout our motu (land), showing the path that our athletes have taken and the inspiration and support they have built along the way. Starting and ending with Te Mähutonga (the Southern Cross), the ribbon travels across the green hills, mountains and native forests of New Zealand to the beaches and bright lights of Rio de Janeiro.

The stunning stamp issue consists of ten $1 stamps - representing the ten events that New Zealand has previously won gold medals in: athletics, boxing, canoeing, swimming, equestrian, field hockey, triathlon, rowing, cycling and sailing. Featuring elements of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s (NZOC's) ‘Be the Inspiration’ campaign, the photographs on the stamps reflect the New Zealand landscape as the athletes' training ground for future success.

The ten stamps are housed within a specially designed sheetlet and are uniquely shaped as parallelograms to represent movement - reflecting the active lifestyles of New Zealand’s Olympic athletes.

The ‘Be the Inspiration’ ribbon is displayed in full on the set of two first day covers. It follows the New Zealand athletes' journey from New Zealand’s varied landscape to the vibrancy of Rio.

The perfect memento of the Rio Olympic games, this special presentation pack has been written by New Zealand’s golden girl and gold medal winner, Barbara Kendall. You’ll learn about New Zealand’s journey to Rio and our previous Olympic successes and read her personal account of what it means to win gold for New Zealand. Inside, you’ll also find the sheetlet of ten stamps and the set of two first day covers.

Stamp images and description thanks to New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post