Madhavi from Auckland sent me this stunning miniature sheet commemorating New Zealand’s participation in the Expo at Shanghai. China and New Zealand are two very different nations. China is one of the world's oldest civilisations, while NZ promotes itself as ‘the youngest country on Earth'. China is home to 1.3 billion people, NZ the equivalent size of a very average Chinese city. But the two countries have much in common too, and a deep and lasting relationship at many levels. A set of postage stamps issued in New Zealand on 30 April 2010 is designed to capture some of the similarities that exist between the two nations, from jade and pounamu to indigenous stories of creation, guardianship to treasures of the natural environment. The NZ images reflect artefacts on display at the NZ Pavilion.
Described on NZ Post’s website as “innovative yet elegantly classical”, the stamps depict a series of scenes that connect with the Expo and its theme of ‘Better City, Better Life’. New Zealand’s presence at the Expo seeks to show off the unique NZ way of life, an elaborate exhibition of ‘Cities of Nature, Living between Land and Sky’.
It is those special features of a stunning NZ pavilion that have inspired the designs in the five stamps that make up the set. Each stamp depicts a scene in both New Zealand and China, resulting in a product that is twice the size of the standard NZ postage stamp. The details of the stamps are as follows: -