Stamps takes Kapa Haka to the world

17 February 2011

New Zealand Post has just released its Kapa Haka 2011 stamp issue.

The stamps capture the dynamism and cultural tradition of Kapa Haka, and were officially launched by the Prime Minister at the 2011 Te Matatini Festival in Gisborne on Thursday 17 February.

James Te Puni, Marketing and Commercial Director for Stamps, Coins and REAL Aotearoa said the stamp issue showcases Kapa Haka as an important aspect of Maori culture and New Zealand identity.

“Using stamps as the medium is a powerful and innovative way of carrying messages about Kapa Haka to audiences around the world,” said Mr Te Puni.

Selwyn Parata, Board Chair for Te Matatini Society Incorporated is delighted at the opportunity the issue provides to promote and educate people here and overseas about an important part of our culture.

“Kapa Haka has become a recognised aspect of New Zealand culture the world over. This stamp issue illustrates six aspects of Kapa Haka in a colourful and vibrant way which everyone can enjoy and celebrate.”

The stamps feature five teams that achieved excellence at Te Matatini in 2009 – as defined by Te Matatini society. The groups chosen either achieved a top three overall placing, or were winners of one of the six disciplines.

The two 60c stamps show Whakaeke and Poi, the $1.20 stamp features Waiata-ā-ringa and the $1.90 stamp portrays Haka. The $2.40 stamp demonstrates Whakawātea and finally the $2.90 stamp shows the discipline of Mōteatea.

The development and design of the Kapa Haka 2011 stamp issue addressed concerns and objections raised following the announcement and subsequent withdrawal of the 2006 Kapa Haka stamps.

The Kapa Haka 2011 stamp issue includes six stamps, a miniature sheet, two first day covers and a commemorative presentation pack. The stamps are available now from PostShop stores, REAL Aotearoa, 0800 782 677, or

The Te Matatini Festival is a biennual event in which the nations most elite Kapa Haka performers come together to compete. It is widely regarded as the ‘premier Māori cultural performing arts festival’.

For further information please contact:

Simon Allison  Sales and Marketing Manager - Stamps, Coins and REAL Aotearoa
phone +64 4 496 4758