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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tokelau 2016 - Language Week




COUNTRY: TOKELAU
ISSUE DATE: 5 October 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 30 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Richard Payne



With the majority of Tokelauans living outside of Tokelau it is vital to encourage the use of the Tokelau language. 2016 marks the third year we’ve celebrated Tokelau language week with a set of stamps. 

This year’s issue promotes Tokelau's sustainable food system, featuring healthy food items grown or sourced locally in Tokelau. Each stamp includes one traditional food item as well as its Tokelauan and English name.

45c - Popo (Coconut)



Popo, or Coconut is a staple food in the Tokealuan diet as it is easily obtained, requires little preparation and provides drink as well as food.

$1.40 - Ugauga (Coconut crab)




Growing up to a metre in length and living primarily on land, the coconut crab offers an abundance of quality meat, said to have a rich buttery taste.

$2.00 - Ika (Fish)



Tokelau’s waters are home to a diverse range of marine life. Having mastered many different fishing techniques, Tokelauans live primarily off food from the ocean.

$3.00 - Fuāulu (Breadfruit)




Breadfruit is one of Tokelau’s few agricultural crops. This unique fruit is said to have a starchy texture and a fragrance that is reminiscent of freshly baked bread.  






FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)



MINIATURE SHEET FIRST DAY COVER



MINIATURE SHEET


PLATE BLOCKS 


VALUE BLOCKS


STAMP SHEETS 





Stamp images and description thanks to New Zealand Post


New Zealand Post