The bulk of the stamps used in New Zealand are inspired by the Maori designs. The Maori are a group of indigenous people from Eastern Polynesia that settled in New Zealand in the 13th century. This group of people arrived in the country through their canoes, as part of a huge group of Polynesians who settled in different parts of North and South Pacific. The country was different compared to the islands where they come from. For starters, New Zealand is known for its four-season climate and its natural resources. A new Maori culture was thus formed, when the group began to use animals, hardwoods and minerals to their benefit. This culture and their arts and crafts have served as the inspiration for many postage stamps printed and released in the country.
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