2008 The A to Z of New Zealand

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2008 The A to Z of New Zealand
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50c A is for Aotearoa 656a $0.90
50c B is for Beehive 656b $0.90
50c C is for Cook 656c $0.90
50c D is for Dog 656d $0.90
50c E is for Edmonds 656e $0.90
50c F is for Fantail 656f $0.90
50c G is for Goodnight Kiwi 656g $0.90
50c H is for Haka 656h $0.90
50c I is for Interislander 656i $0.90
50c J is for Jelly Tip Ice Cream 656j $0.90
50c K is for Kia Ora 656k $0.90
50c L is for Log o' Wood 656l $0.90
50c M is for Mudpools 656m $0.90
50c N is for Nuclear Free 656n $0.90 $1.20
50c O is for Overseas Experience 656o $0.90
50c P is for Pinetree 656p $0.90
50c Q is for Quake 656q $0.90
50c R is for Rutherford 656r $0.90
50c S is for Southern Cross 656s $0.90
50c T is for Tiki 656t $0.90
50c U is for Upham 656u $0.90
50c V is for Vote 656v $0.90
50c W is for Weta 656w $0.90
50c X is for Extreme Sports 656x $0.90
50c Y is for Yarn 656y $0.90
50c Z is for Zeeland 656z $0.90
Set of 26 656za $22.25 $38.20
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This issue comprises a sheetlet of 26 fifty cent stamps celebrating New Zealand icons and traditions. The stamps were sold individually at some New Zealand Post outlets.

A is for Aotearoa: the most widely known and accepted Maori name for New Zealand.

B is for Beehive: the common name for the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings.

C is for Cook: James Cook was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer who recorded the first circumnavigation of New Zealand.

D is for Dog: the working sheep-dog from Murray Ball's Footrot Flats cartoon strip.

E is for Edmonds: The Edmonds Cookbook is the quintessential guide to traditional New Zealand cuisine which is now recognised as a Kiwi icon.

F is for Fantail: highly active and agile birds which undertake highly aerobatic and intricate looping flights.

G is for Goodnight Kiwi: a character in an animated short film which played to signal the end of nightly broadcasts on Television New Zealand.

H is for Haka: For over 100 years the All Blacks have had a tradition of performing a haka before games

I is for Interislander: A ferry service across Cook Strait between the North Island and South Island.

J is for Jelly Tip: Very popular icecream first produced in the 1950s.

K is for Kia Ora: a Maori language greeting which has entered New Zealand vocabulary - it means "be well/healthy" and is often used as an informal "hi"

L is for Log o' Wood: The Ranfurly Shield is the most prestigious trophy in New Zealand's domestic rugby union competition.

M is for Mudpools: synonymous with the Geothermal regions of the North Island, particularly around Rotorua.

N is for Nuclear Free: In 1987 a law was passed to "establish a Nuclear Free Zone in New Zealand to promote and encourage an active and effective contribution to the essential process of disarmament and international arms control."

O is for O.E.: an extended overseas working holiday - sometimes referred to as "The big OE" - typically at least one year and often far longer.

P is for Pinetree: Colin Meads nickname - a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played 55 test matches as an All Black from 1957 to 1971 - named Player of the Century in 1999.

Q is for Quake: New Zealand is on the Pacific Ring of Fire - an area of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that is home to over 75% of the world's volcanoes.

R is for Rutherford: New Zealand physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics.

S is for Southern Cross: the constellation appears on New Zealand's flag.

T is for Tiki: incorrectly named Maori neck pendants - a tourist staple.

U is for Upham: Captain Charles Upham was a New Zealand soldier who was the only person to earn the Victoria Cross for extreme bravery twice during the Second World War:

V is for Vote: New Zealand was the first major nation to grant universal suffrage to women (however, women were not eligible to stand for parliament until 1919).

W is for Weta: among the largest and heaviest insects in the world. Weta Workshops created many of the special effects for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies.

X is for x-treme sports: a variety of extreme sports such as bungy jumping are available in New Zealand.

Y is for Yarn: Māori traditional textiles were woven from a number of plants, including harakeke, wharariki, pingao, kiekie and toetoe.

Z is for Zeeland: The islands of Aotearoa were named Nieuw Zeeland by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman.
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