Tokelau Keyhole Gardens

As an isolated island nation, access to fresh fruit and vegetables can be difficult for Tokelau. The innovative keyhole garden technique allows for fresh crops to be grown all year round.

Issue information

Initially developed in Africa, the keyhole gardening technique is named for the fact that when looked at from overhead, they resemble a keyhole. The keyhole gardening technique is perfectly suited to Tokelau’s hot climate and limited access to soil. Keyhole gardens include a compost basket in the centre which allows the garden to act like an organic recycling tank. This innovative gardening technique allows for crops to be grown all year round as well as providing enough food to feed ten people.

This illustrated stamp issue explores the keyhole gardening technique in-depth, including a step by step process on how to create your own keyhole garden being shown on the sheetlet of five stamps.

Technical information

Date of issue: 6 April 2016
Number of stamps: Five gummed stamps
Denominations: 45c, $1.00, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00
Stamps and first day covers designed by:  Hannah Stancliffe-White, New Zealand Post Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour 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
Perforation gauge: 14
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 5 April 2017.