The Year of the Rooster will begin on 28 January 2017, and will be celebrated in New Zealand and around the world. The rooster symbolises character traits of confidence, courageousness and resourcefulness, and is the focus of these festive stamps and gold-foiled collectables.
The rooster is the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac and those born in the Year of the Rooster are loyal, trustworthy, observant and keen to offer their opinions to those around them.
The four gummed stamps in this issue are inspired by the Chinese folk arts of calligraphy, paper-cutting and line-art illustration, and they celebrate the multicultural nature of New Zealand with both Chinese and New Zealand elements. To add to the special nature of this issue, the sheets of stamps contain unique gutter-pairs.
The red colour of this stamp represents the traditional colour of Chinese New Year, which mirrors the positive holiday atmosphere. The calligraphic character of ‘rooster’ has been designed in a ‘paint-brush’ style and can be seen as a decorative element throughout Chinese New Year celebrations. The cloud patterns are employed extensively in all four stamp designs, and reference New Zealand as ‘the land of the long white cloud’.
$1.80 Paper-cut Rooster
One of the commonly used decorations for Chinese New Year is paper-cutting, which can be found everywhere from shop windows to private homes. The intricate art of paper-cutting dates back thousands of years in
China, and the rooster depicted in this paper-cut symbolises a vibrant and positive start to the day. The Maori motifs incorporated into the paper-cut bring the diverse Maori and Chinese cultures together.
$2.20 The Rooster
This illustrated rooster is rich with colour and incorporates various Maori and Pacific patterns, including koru, that are symbolic of new life. The black colour in the design reflects New Zealand’s national identity, and blends harmoniously with the red tones that are popular in Chinese culture. The attractive-looking rooster reacts the pride that those born in
the Year of the Rooster take in their appearance.
$2.70 Lantern Festival
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is located in Auckland Domain, which in 2016 was the venue for the Lantern Festival for the rst time. Hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns were displayed in front of the Domain and more than 100,000 people attended. The festivities included
on-stage performances and Chinese art, handicrafts and delicacies, and culminated in an impressive reworks display.
Miniature sheet and first day covers
The miniature sheet features a traditional Chinese character in the background, which translates into a blessing meaning 'all the best'. The two first day covers are sure to please - both celebrating the Year of the Rooster in a festive red - a lucky colour in Chinese culture.
The presentation pack makes a beautiful gift for the Year of the Rooster. Inside it contains the set of stamps, the miniature sheet and the first day cover - as well as an intricate red paper-cut of a rooster. Inside, you can read all about the traits of those born in the Year of the Rooster, and what the year might bring.
Gold foiled miniature sheets and gold-plated medallion
As well as a vibrant stamp issue that continues on our popular lunar series, we’re also issuing a range of gold-foiled products and a gold-plated medallion, which make perfect gifts for the Year of the Rooster. Scroll down to find out more.
|Date of issue:||11 January 2017|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$1.00, $1.80, $2.20, $2.70|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Asiaworks, Auckland, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 10 January 2018. First day covers will remain on sale until 10 March 2017.|