The Treaty of Waitangi

On February 6, 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi ITe Tiriti o Waitangi in Māori) was signed by representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs (rangatira), establishing New Zealand as a British colony.The Treaty of Waitangi. It is a document of central importance to the history and political constitution of the state of New Zealand, and has been highly significant in framing the political relations between … Continue reading The Treaty of Waitangi


New Zealand (Aotearoa) has ranked first on my list of places I would like to visit for as long as I can remember. Not only are the landscapes breathtaking but the culture never fails to fascinate me. One of the most widely-known aspect of that culture is the haka or Māori war dance. I observed my first in-person haka nearly 12 years ago during a cultural … Continue reading Haka

The Māori Legend of Rangi and Papa

In Māori mythology, the primal couple Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatūānuku) appear in a creation myth explaining the origin of the world (though there are many different versions). In some South Island dialects, Rangi is called Raki or Rakinui. The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, originating with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of … Continue reading The Māori Legend of Rangi and Papa

New Zealand and the Māori in World War I

With researching the “town New Zealand saved” earlier this week and yesterday’s Anzac Day commemoration, I became quite interested in New Zealand’s contribution to World War I, specifically the role of the indigenous Māori soldiers in the war. Scott #167 is the only stamp I currently own from the 1920 Victory set so it seems an appropriate subject for today’s “random stamp”. I plan to add … Continue reading New Zealand and the Māori in World War I

New Zealand #302 (1955)

New Zealand #302 (1955)

New Zealand (Aotearoa in Māori) is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses — the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu — and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 900 miles (1,500 kilometers) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the Pacific … Continue reading New Zealand #302 (1955)