1997 Christmas

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1997 Christmas
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
40c Not on a snowy night... By star or candle light... / Ship Arriving 450a $0.70
70c But on a summer day... Within a quiet bay... / Samuel Marsden on the Pulpit 450b $1.80
80c The Maori People heard...The great and glorious word... / Maori Chiefs 450c $2.25
$1 The people gathered round... Upon the grassy ground... / Maori Woman and Children 450d $2.70
$1.50 How (sic) in this blessed land... United heart and hand... / Goodwill 450e $4.05
$1.80 Te Harinui... Glad tidings of great joy... / Pohutukawa 450f $4.95
Set of 6 450g $15.65
40c Te Harinui / Memorial Cross (Self Adhesive) from Booklet 450h $0.70
40c Te Harinui / Memorial Cross (Self Adhesive) from Coil 450i $0.70
Se-tenant Block of one 40 cent, one 70 cent, one 80 cent, one $1, one $1.50 and one $1.80 stamp 450j $15.30
… Six Stamps : 40c (450a), 70c (450b), 80c (450c), $1 (450d), $1.50 (450e), $1.80 (450f)
$4 Self Adhesive Booklet of ten 40 cent stamps - Memorial Cross 450k $7.20
… Ten Stamps : 40c (450h x 10)
First Day Cover - 3 September 1997 450l $9.35
… Two Stamps : 40c (450i), Joined Block (450j)
The 1997 Christmas issue features lyrics from the New Zealand Christmas Carol 'Te Harinui' written forty years earlier by Willow Macky in 1957 to commemorate the first Christmas Day service in New Zealand held by the Reverend Samuel Marsden at the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814. This service was first commemorated in the 1964 Christmas issue.

Not on a snowy nightBy star or candlelightNor by an angel bandThere came to our dear land

Te HarinuiTe HarinuiTe HarinuiGlad tidings of great joy

But on a summer dayWithin a quiet bayThe Maori people heardThe great and glorious word

The people gathered roundUpon the grassy groundAnd heard the preacher sayI bring to you this day

Now in this blessed landUnited heart and handWe praise the glorious birthAnd sing to all the earth

The lyrics 'now in' were incorrectly transcribed as 'how in' on the $1.50 stamp and this error was never rectified.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume X
Edited by B.G. Vincent FRPSNZ
Published 2013 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated (ISBN 978-0-9876534-3-7)
Pages 237 - 238, 466 - 468
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