2014 Matariki stamps feature six leading Māori artists

4 June 2014

New Zealand Post’s 2014 Maori Art Coin and 2014 Matariki stamps have been officially released at a special event held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

The coins and stamps tell the creation story of Papatūānuku and Ranginui and feature the art work of six Māori artists including Cliff Whiting, recipient of New Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand.

"New Zealand Post is proud to be able to celebrate Matariki by presenting the work of six leading Māori artists on these stamps and coins," says New Zealand Post Head of Stamps and Coins Simon Allison. "The stamps look at the creation narrative through the eyes of the artists, who represent parts of the story in their own unique way."

The artists were recommended by Toi Māori Aotearoa - Maori Arts New Zealand. “We were delighted with the opportunity to be a part of this very special stamp and coin issue,” says Toi Māori Aotearoa General Manager Garry Nicholas. 

The 2014 Maori Art Coin shows Ranginui, the Sky Father, and Papatūānuku, the Earth Mother, being separated by their son Tāne, creating the world of light.

The intricate design is based on artist Cliff Whiting's mixed media mural, "Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa". This well known piece of art can be seen in the reading room in the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.

Cliff Whiting's design is also shown on the 80c Matariki stamp. The other artists featured in the stamp issue are Phil Mokaraka Berry, Kura Te Waru Rewiri, Fred Graham, Pauline Kahurangi Yearbury and Robert Jahnke.

The launch of the stamps and coins at Te Papa is the first of several events New Zealand Post is involved in to celebrate Matariki.

The largest event will be on Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June, when Te Papa hosts the New Zealand Post Kaumātua Kapa Haka, bringing together some of the country’s most experienced Kapa Haka performers.

For more information go to www.nzpost.co.nz/stamps and www.nzpost.co.nz/coins.


80c – Cliff Whiting - Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa, 80c – Phil Mokaraka Berry - Rangi and Papa, $1.40 – Kura Te Waru Rewiri - Te whakamamae o te wehenga, $2.00 – Fred Graham - The separation of Rangi and Papa, $2.50 – Pauline Kahurangi Yearbury - The children of Rangi and Papa, $3.00 – Robert Jahnke - The Ranginui doorway