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2019 Tuia 250: Michel Tuffery's Artistic Journey of Discovery Presentation Pack - Presentation Pack

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Technical details
  • 02.10.2019
  • Saint Andrew Matautia, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Offset Lithography
  • 30mm x 48mm (vertical)
  • $1.30 x 2, $2.60, $3.30, $4.00
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About 2019 Tuia 250: Michel Tuffery's Artistic Journey of Discovery Presentation Pack

When Tupaia, an arioi priest and navigator from Ra‘iātea, guided Lieutenant James Cook and the Endeavour from Tahiti to Aotearoa in 1769, a reconnection was made between Māori and their ancestral homelands. As featured on these stamps, New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery has created original artworks in response to his discoveries about where his personal history meets that of these first encounters.

Issue Information

Through artworks by New Zealand painter Michel Tuffery, this stamp issue illuminates the role of arioi priest and navigator Tupaia in guiding Lieutenant James Cook and the Endeavour from Tahiti to Aotearoa in 1769.

$1.30 A messenger from Ra’iāte

Here, the white heron/ kōtuku is a messenger of connection looking towards Opoutama, a site of significant exchanges between Tupaia and Ūawa tangata whenua.

$1.30 Taiato and Young Nick, the adventurers arrive in Aotearoa, 1769

Tupaia’s nephew Taiato appears here alongside a fellow 12-year-old boy from the other side of the world. It was Nicholas Young who sighted land from the Endeavour’s masthead on 6 October 1769.

$2.60 Te Maro and Solander, two intellectuals from opposite sides of the world, 1769

Te Maro’s descendent Nick Tupara is depicted here in place of his ancestor who was killed at this tragic first meeting of Māori and British at the Tūranganui River.

$3.30 Parkinson at Opoutama, 1769

White blossoms of Tahitian tiare maori join Aotearoa’s vibrant red ngutukākā/kākābeak in this portrait of natural history artist Sydney Parkinson that celebrates his relationship with Tupaia.

$4.00 Not another Kuki story

Here we see Tupaia as migratory tuna, guiding Cook on his voyage and translating between people long separated yet always connected – seeds sown from Ra’iātea.

Miniature Sheet

The miniature sheet features a detailed section of the Kōtuku painting featured on one of the two $1.30 stamps, and the miniature sheet first day cover continues the green, koru pattern background of the miniature sheet.

Presentation Pack

Tuffery’s paintings explore the roles played by Tupaia, his arioi acolyte and nephew Taiato, and members of Cook’s crew whose legacies have received little attention. Find out more about the untold history of Tupaia and these first encounters between Europeans and Māori with this presentation pack, written by University of Auckland Senior Research Fellow Dr. Billie Lythberg.