2016 Tokelau Kilihimahi

The Tokelau Christmas 2016 stamp issue reflected the traditional nativity story with fun, playful illustrations.

Issue information

The traditional nativity story is the reason for celebrating Christmas in Tokelau. Most Tokelauan families will spend the day attending church services and sharing food and gifts with loved ones.

This whimsical stamp issue celebrated key elements of the nativity story with fun, plaful illustrations and was sure to please any Christmas stamp collector. The shepherds depicted on the 45c stamp were watching their flock when an angel appeared to them and told them the news of Jesus's birth. The $1.40 stamp depicted Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, while the $2.00 stamp illustrated the Wise Men who visited Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Finally, the $3.00 stamp depicted the Angel that appeared to Mary to tell her the news that she would give birth to the Son of God.

The miniature sheet and first day covers continued this festive theme with further nativity illustrations, with the message ‘Manuia Te Kilihimahi’ - meaning ‘Merry Christmas’ in Tokelauan.

Product Listing for 2016 Tokelau Kilihimahi

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 45c 'Shepherds' gummed stamp.

Shepherds were watching over their flock when a bright star appeared in the sky. An Angel told them the news that Jesus was born, and they left for Bethlehem to visit him.

$0.45
Single Stamp

Single $1.40 'Mary, Joseph and Jesus' gummed stamp.

Whilst in Bethlehem for a census, Mary and Joseph took shelter in a stable as they couldn’t find room at the Inn. It was there that Jesus was born and placed in a manger.

$1.40
Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Wise Men' gummed stamp.

Three Wise Men followed a bright star in the sky to where Jesus lay. There, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

$2.00
Single Stamp

Single $3.00 'Angel' gummed stamp.

An Angel appeared to Mary to tell her the news that she would give birth to the Son of God, and she was to name him Jesus.

$3.00
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet. $6.85
First Day Cover First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.35
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $7.35

Technical information

Date of issue: 7 December 2016
Number of stamps:  Four gummed
Denominations and designs: $0.45, $1.40, $2.00, $3.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Hannah Stancliffe-White, 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: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Special blocks: Plate and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 6 December 2017.