On 21 March the Honourable Sir Toke Talagi will be invested as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Niue. To honour this great achievement New Zealand Post has created a commemorative stamp issue.
Sir Toke Talagi has been Premier of Niue since 2008 and a Common Roll Founding Member of the Niue Assembly since 1999. During his years of service to Niue, Sir Toke Talagi was Niue’s first Consul General from 1981 to 1984, in Auckland, New Zealand.
On his return to Niue he became Director of Economic Affairs and five years later resigned to set up business in shipping, airline and tourism related ventures. Peleni’s Travel Agency and Toke’s Enterprises in Niue and Tastok Enterprises in Auckland are all operating successfully and serving the people of Niue. Sir Toke Talagi was appointed a Cabinet Minister in 2002 and held portfolios in finance, economics, telecommunications, education, environment and external affairs. His oversight of an expansion in the tourism industry resulted in job increases and income for locals. He initiated the construction of a new primary school and has supported the improvement of education. He spearheaded the establishment of the Polynesian Leaders Group under the auspices of the Pacific Islands Forum and was the most effective of Pacific leaders in representing the region’s concerns in the international arena.
He has been key in protecting Niue’s treasures and national language, vagahau Niue, and played a crucial role in the development of the Niue International Trust Fund, which will aid in future projects and the further development of Niue.
It is for these remarkable achievements and many more that Sir Toke Talagi will be invested as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Niue, on 21 March 2017.
Two stamps and a first day cover have been created to honour Sir Toke Talagi’s achievements. Both stamps feature images of him during periods of service to Niue. The $2.40 stamp shows Sir Toke Talagi next the Niue flag while the $3.40 stamp is taken from an image of him at the 2nd Summit of Forum for India-Pacific Island Co-operation.
First Day Cover
The KNZM breast star is featured on each stamp as well on the first day cover which has a beautifully scenic image of Limu Pools in Sir Toke Talagi’s home nation of Niue.
|Date of issue:||21 March 2017|
|Number of stamps:||Two gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$2.40 and $3.40|
|Stamps designed by:||Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||40mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 20 March 2018.|