May 9th, 2018

Maui goes fishing and pulls an island. Six mythical stamps presented by New Zealand Post

Tags: is excited to present six bright stamps by New Zealand Post devoted to the legend of Maui and his magic fishhook. Legend has it that New Zealand was fished from the sea by the daring demigod Māui. So, let`s discover the legend of Māui and the Fish – Te Ika-a-Māui with this stunning set of bright stamps that feature different scenes from a thrilling tale.

Take a close look at New Zealand’s island, and you’ll see that the southern tip looks like a fish head, there are fins on either side and there’s a tail in the north – it’s Maui’s Fish! In Maori legend, when Maui was born, his mother Taranga wrapped him in a length of her hair and threw him into the sea, where he was raised by ocean spirits. When he returned, he lived with his family on the mythical island of Hawaiki, before the Maori people all moved to the North Island.

After performing the miracle of fishing out the North Island, Maui became famous among the Maori people and he grew up to be a much-loved demigod. And, to this day, the North Island of New Zealand is also known as Te Ika A Maui – or Maui’s Fish.


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