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50 Years of Friendship: New Zealand and Samoa Presentation Pack

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50 Years of Friendship: New Zealand and Samoa Presentation Pack

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The presentation pack contains in-depth information about Samoan culture and its links to New Zealand which has been written in both Samoan and English by Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin, Senior Lecturer Programme Director Samoan Studies, Va'aomanu Pasifika, Victoria University of Wellington

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The links between New Zealand and Samoa not only stem from the fact that they are close Pacific neighbours, but are also due to the large number of New Zealanders of Samoan descent living in New Zealand. Samoans make up around 50 per cent of New Zealand’s Pacific Island population and the arts and culture of Samoa have become a distinctive voice in New Zealand society. Each of the five stamps features a contemporary view of a selu tuiga – a head comb that takes the shape of a traditional tuiga. A tuiga is a Samoan headdress that is worn at important events by the mānaia (son) or the taupou (daughter) of the high chief of the village. The tuiga is a unique symbol of the chiefly nature of Samoan society, and a significant number of tuiga were worn when Samoa gained independence.

Elements of Samoa’s unique culture have been crafted by the stamp and coin designer, Michel Tuffery MNZM, into each of the selu tuiga featured on the stamps. These elements include key Samoan cultural frameworks, traditional Samoan arts, architecture, heritage and agriculture.

Michel Tuffery lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa), and is a famous multi-disciplinary artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Tahitian heritage. Tuffery has established himself as a diverse and critical creative practitioner within contemporary New Zealand and Pacific Island art, and his work features in major public and private collections globally.

Presentation pack including five gummed stamps, the miniature sheet and the first day cover.

The presentation pack contains in-depth information about Samoan culture and its links to New Zealand which has been written in both Samoan and English by Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin, Senior Lecturer Programme Director Samoan Studies, Va'aomanu Pasifika, Victoria University of Wellington