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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tokelau 2016 - MV Mataliki




COUNTRY: TOKELAU
ISSUE DATE: 3 August 2016
STAMP SIZE: 34.55 x 35 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Hannah Stancliffe-White




Tokelau’s population of approximately 1,400 relies entirely on shipping for the transport of passengers and goods, as there are no flights to and from the atolls. This nautically inspired stamp issue celebrates Tokelau’s new ferry MV Mataliki, which set off from Apia, Samoa on 3 February 2016 on its first journey to Tokelau. 

Mataliki has been specifically designed with a focus on passenger transport, and a greater number of proper berths have been established. The ship provides more comfort during the 24-hour journey than previous vessels, with larger seats and sleeping areas. As well as having a cargo deck, the design of the ferry includes a sick room for medical evacuations between hospitals, and mounted solar panels to help reduce power consumption.

45c - MV Mataliki 



Commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, MV Mataliki is an international passenger ship. The ferry, which was custom made by Western Marine Shipyard, can transport up to 60 international passengers and 120 passengers between atolls, as well as seven 10-foot shipping containers.

$1.40 - Plain sailing from Apia


MV Mataliki’s standard round trip begins in Apia, Samoa then it sails onto Fakaofo, Nukunonu and Atafu, Tokelau’s three atolls. The ferry travels at up to 11.5 knots, taking around 24 hours to complete the first leg of the journey from Apia to Fakaofo and four to six hours between villages, a slightly shorter trip than its predecessor’s.

$2.00 - Freight

Growing and harvesting crops in the coral atolls of Tokelau is difficult. Therefore Tokelau imports fresh crops and other essentials from neighbouring Samoa. Although MV Mataliki operates mainly as a passenger ferry, it can also carry up to 490 tonnes of cargo.

$3.00 - The final leg

Tokelau’s three atolls are surrounded by fringing reef, which no ferries or freighters can enter, meaning all freight and passengers are transported to land by barge. All passengers are made to wear lifejackets while on board the barge - safety first!






FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)




MINIATURE SHEET FDC


MINIATURE SHEET



PLATE BLOCKS 



VALUE BLOCKS




STAMP SHEETS 












Stamp images and description thanks to New Zealand Post


New Zealand Post