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New Zealand Post Stamps Celebrate Year Of The Ox

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The dependable and hardworking Ox features on the latest range of New Zealand Post stamps as it celebrates the "Year of the Ox" for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The stamps are designed by specialist Chinese designers at a cross-cultural New Zealand communications agency, Bananaworks.

New Zealand Post General Manager Stamps and Coins, Ivor Masters said: "The design takes a different approach to our previous annual Lunar stamp issues and uniquely captures the history, colour and vibrancy of this significant event in the Chinese Lunar Calendar."

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, people born in the Year of the Ox are natural leaders who are tireless in their work and capable of enduring any hardship without complaint. They are also known for their intelligence, although they can be strong-minded and stubborn, and they hate to fail or be opposed.

"Having proudly celebrated Chinese New Year - and the Lunar Calendar - for the past 12 years, we're delighted to launch this new stamp series," said Mr Masters. "It's a celebration of the occasion and so much more: A reflection of our increasingly multicultural nation and recognition of the strong and enduring links that Chinese communities have with Kiwis nationwide."

The stamp issue features three stamps, a miniature sheet and two first day covers that Mr Masters said reinforce the traditions of Chinese New Year. "It is a time for Chinese families to congratulate each other on reaching the end of one year and welcome the beginning of another."

The stamps consist of a $2.00 stamp featuring red lanterns and the Auckland Harbour Bridge to celebrate the Auckland Chinese Lantern Festival; a $1.00 stamp featuring the Ox in a colourful and contemporary design; and a 50c stamp representing the Chinese symbol for the Lunar Ox.

The Year of the Ox stamps range is available for purchase at all New Zealand PostShops, REAL Aotearoa stores in Christchurch and Auckland, the Wanganui Collectables and Solutions Centre and online at www.nzpost.co.nz/stamps.

If you were born between the following dates you were born in a Year of the Ox:

6 Feb 1913 - 25 Jan 1914

25 Jan 1925 - 12 Feb 1926

11 Feb 1937 - 30 Jan 1938

29 Jan 1949 - 16 Feb 1950

15 Feb 1961 - 4 Feb 1962

3 Feb 1973 - 22 Jan 1974

20 Feb 1985 - 8 Feb 1986

7 Feb 1997 - 28 Jan 1998

Famous people born under the Year of the Ox include Vincent Van Gogh, Walt Disney and Barack Obama.

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